A welding certification consists of a specially designed test in which you submit different test coupons that will undergo examination by a certified welding inspector, who will then use destructive or non-destructive methods to prove whether the welder has the skills and ability to submit sound welded metal. To make it shorter, it is a process which examines and documents a welder’s capability to create welds of acceptable quality following a well defined welding procedure.
There are many different technical colleges to choose from for someone who is interested in welding, where they may go to get certified and begin their journey on a construction field. Aubrey Mathis (12) is one of the many people attending Tulsa Welding school this summer in hopes of getting certified by one of the best welding schools in the nation. “ I was interested in attending Tulsa about my 10th and 11th grade year, than I had the chance to talk to their high school representative this year, and when I won that Colquitt welding competition last month, I realized I can do this.” Mathis said.
Welding instructor Rob Story (Faculty) attended South Georgia Technical College to graduate with a certification in CNC machine specialists. “I’m not certified in welding, but I have been welding all my life, and this summer, I will be going to take the CWE in Ohio to become a certified welding educator.”
The American Welding Society (AWS) is a nonprofit organization and was founded in 1919 to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. This organization was established to dedicate itself to supporting hundreds of thousands of industry professionals, including: welders, business leaders, sales and service teams, manufacturers, vendors, associations, educational institutions, committee volunteers, and students. The organization serves nearly 70,000 members and offers a ton of benefits to its members.
Plus, if anyone interested in welding wants to weld for a purpose, weld for the military. The military offers many great benefits, such as paying for your school, housing, and food. After a trip to boot camp, you can choose any school to attend and the military has you covered. Even while attending school, you are getting paid. Ethan Bunn (12), who has plans on joining the air force or marines, said “ It is probably one the best paths you can take as to paying for everything and good benefits. It is just overall a great path to take.”
An annual welders salary ranges from anywhere to $25,000 to $88,000 a year, and hourly pay is between $12.74 to $25.66. There is a great demand of welders in our economy and the construction industry has a high demand for them.