Welding training is subject to demand and availability

What Welders Do

Welders apply heat to metal parts to join them together by making a permanent bond.

Because of its strength, welding is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, and connecting pipes.  There are several different types of welding in use, depending on the material being welded and its intended use.

Arc welding is the most common type.  This uses a welding rod carrying an electrical circuit.  The heat created by the current causes the steel core of the rod and the surface being welded to melt together.

Gas tungsten arc or TIG welding is often used with stainless steel or aluminum and utilizes welding rods.  Gas metal arc or MIG welding is often used with a spool of continuously fed wire.  This allows the welder to join longer stretches of material.

How Much Can I Earn?

As an entry level apprentice or welder, you can start at $9-$11 per hour.  As you learn and increase your skill set, you can advance to $14 per hour.  An experienced welder can make upwards of $55,000 a year!

What Can I Expect from a Career in Welding?

If you are interested in a career that is a combination of science, math, and art, welding is a great choice.  It requires steady hand-eye coordination, knowledge of materials and metallurgy, and tactility.  Welding is challenging and satisfying work.  No day or project is ever the same.  It can be physically challenging – there is standing, climbing, and bending involved.  Some welders work underwater or high above the ground on a scaffold.  It is also mentally challenging – the ability to read blueprints, calculate dimensions and materials needed, and understand basic chemistry is a big part of the job.  Someone who can do careful work and needs little supervision is a good candidate.

How do I Get Started?

Call us today at 847-709-2960, or fill out the form on the right and we will contact you ASAP to get you started!

If you are not in Illinois, you can also contact your local ABC Chapter for information in your area on training and job opportunities.  There are 75 ABC Chapters nationwide; you can find a complete listing at www.abcil.org.

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