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All About Arc Welding


Welders use plenty of different tactics to get things to stick together. One such technique is arc welding, an extremely popular format you should learn in your career as a welder.

Basics of Arc Welding

Arc welding melts metal with electricity to fuse workpieces together. Equipment necessary to perform this process is limited, meaning, you don’t need a bunch of tools and gear to get started. You’ll work with either a DC or an AC power source, and potentially, a shielding gas. Thanks to the conservative amount of hardware and pretty straightforward technique, arc welding is one of the easiest types of welding to learn.

A Staple In The Trade

Arc welding is a versatile process, with a lengthy list of formats including:

  • Carbon Arc Welding (CAW)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or (MIG)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) or (TIG)
  • Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Plasma Arc Welding (PAW)
  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Atomic Hydrogen Welding (AHW)

These different methods make arc welding applicable for tons of situations. It’s very popular in the auto industry, for repair work, and in construction. Arc welding handles rusty and even dirty metal well and is portable for field work.

What Arc Welders Earn

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage for welders in 2018 was $44,360. The highest 10% of welders surveyed earned more than $63,740, and you’ll see in forums and comments that some welders with good experience will report even higher figures.

Highest Paying Welding Jobs

Learn Arc Welding

If you’re interested in being able to arc weld and ready to pursue welding as a possible career path, you will need formal training, whether that’s through an apprenticeship or a trade school program.

You can be completed with training in under a year. Typically, most programs fall into the 7-9 months’ range, depending on if you attend class full time. For example, one of our partner schools, Tulsa Welding School (Oklahoma and Florida), has a 7-month professional welder program.

There are many specialized certifications you can earn, but welders don’t have to continue their education annually, as some other trades require. If you want to become certified in one of the disciplines, however, check out an industry body such as the American Welding Society. You’ll find certifications that may help you boost your earning potential and influence in the field.

Arc welding training programs near you


Resources:

Requirements For Applying To Welding Trade School

Career Talk: Interview With Welder Steve Leach


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