Welding Education Requirements and Apprenticeship
It’s time to discover the skills you will gain as a welder and what is required of you. It is possible to gain skills and experience by attending formal welding courses, or participating in on-the-job training. The skills that you learn can be applied to pipe welding, MIG welding, underwater welding and TIG welding.
Welder training requirements will not be the same all around, but will vary by employer. You may be required to have a high school diploma and complete an employer-prescribed welding test. Or your employer may ask you to obtain your certification or undergraduate degree from a technical school, vocational school or community college. Depending on the company that is hiring, an apprenticeship may be available to you as well.
A formal education in welding will result in a Welding Certificate of Achievement, Associate of Science in Welding or Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering, depending on your career goals. Due to the potentially hazardous environment of welding, safety training and supervision are required before working independently in the field.
With the help of required classes, such as advanced mathematics, metallurgy, blueprint reading, pipe layout and welding practicum, students will learn the art of heating and shaping metals. Soldering, brazing, casting, and bronzing are just a few of the techniques that you will have perfected by the end of your welding training. You will soon be oxy-acetylene cutting faster than you can say it.