Ready to get started? Here are some resources and pathways you can explore to get started in a successful career as a welder!
Welders use their problem-solving skills and creative approach to construction projects in multiple industries. Often working with precision machinery and measurements, welders’ specific aptitudes are in high demand. If you think logically and like to work with your hands, welding is a great career path for you.
T he Perks
With seemingly infinite career options in the field of manufacturing, the choice to become a welder comes with its fair share of bonuses.
Those interested in welding can get started in 9 months or less by obtaining a welding certificate.
The total employment of welders from the years 2016-2026 is estimated to grow by 6%.
Skilled welders willing to work in more hazardous conditions can make up to $160,000.
The Welder Way means rolling up your sleeves and getting it done. It means no divas. It means complete support for the artistic vision in charge — a philosophy of, ‘What can I do to help you?’
W hat Do I Need?
In addition to training, there are a few inherent characteristics that may make you a great fit for welding.
The variety of welding jobs mean that more specific certifications are required for different settings and positions.
Welders need to perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws.
Welders must operate manual or semiautomatic equipment properly to ensure a strong connection between pieces of metal.
Welders need to be able to create and interpret two- and three-dimensional drawings in order to follow correct procedure.
While talent is important, it takes someone who’s motivated to solve tough challenges in order to advance in this field.
Welders often work in tight spaces and use powerful equipment, so a high level of precision is expected of welders.
Y our Resources
Certified Welding Training Program
Welding is an in-demand skill. The AWS Certified Welding Program is designed for individuals seeking a career in welding. Develop the cognitive and physical skills necessary to pass certification tests in both pipe and plate welding using SMAW (Stick) GMAW (MIG) FCAW (Flux core) and GTAW (TIG) machines with programs tailored for several career paths.
MET Center Carpentry/Building Maintenance Training Course via Ranken Technical College
An 8-week course that teaches participants hand and stationary power tool safety, proper handling and disposal of waste materials, installation of early detection devices and how to deal with mold and mildew issues. Students will focus on the essentials of residential framing including interior and exterior doors, new and replacement windows, and various types of insulation. Students will also learn residential plumbing and electrical essentials covering faucet, showerhead, and toilet installation and repair as well as the proper installation of switches, outlets and lighting fixtures. All students are enrolled in Ranken Technical College.
Missouri Women in Trades
MOWIT is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women to enter and succeed in apprenticeship and careers in the construction and building trades of the greater St. Louis area. MOWIT supports women in accessing and advancing in all construction trades through a variety of programs, including workshops, mentoring programs, scholarships, and workshops for girls.
Careers at McCarthy
McCarthy has opportunities available for interested applicants across a broad range of experience levels, from interns to new grads to experienced professionals and skilled craft professionals alike. Explore open positions and opportunities at McCarthy here.
Careers at Paric
Gain an opportunity to work on projects that not only change the physical landscape around us, but also reshape communities and how people view them with a career at Paric. Find open positions in St. Louis here.
Learn 2 Earn – Ranken Technical College
Learn to Earn consists of a series of STEM activities offered between grades 6 – 12 that promote student participation in STEM careers, with an emphasis on recruiting female students. These registered activites can include in-school, out-of-school, summer activities, or addtional classes. Scholarship funding to Ranken is awarded to participating female students upon successful completion.
Youth Build – Summer Jobs Program
A highly-successful, alternative education program for young people aged 16-24 who have a high school diploma, GED or HSE and are interested in construction careers. Helps low-income youth learn construction skills through building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and helps students gain the skills necessary for employment.