What It Takes To Be A Welder

Welders are skilled tradespeople who fuse together metal components to form permanent bonds. They work in nearly every industry from construction to aerospace to manufacturing and more. Any product, structure or device that includes metal parts requires welding, and skilled professionals are in high demand. This is what it takes to be a welder in Ontario.

What Does a Welder Do?

Welding is a chemical process that permanently fuses metal using intense heat. Welders can hold a variety of job titles including electric arc welder, laser welding operator, production welder, spot welder, journeyperson welder, pressure vessel welder, soldering machine operator, or welder-fitter.

Their tasks are varied and can include:

  • Analyzing and understanding designs.
  • Conducting quality control on metal to be welded and tools for welding prior to starting.
  • Determining the proper tools for each weld.
  • Preparing and mounting metal pieces.
  • Welding pieces of metal together in different positions according to specifications.
  • Continually monitoring tools and metals to avoid overheating or damage during the welding process.
  • Following all safety and health procedures to avoid accident and injury.

Important Skills For Welders

Welding requires aptitude in critical skills like:

  • Math skills: Welders need to be able to work well with numbers and measurements.
  • Physical strength: Welders work with metal and heavy equipment.
  • Stamina: Welders have to stand for long periods of time, often in hot, cramped spaces.
  • Attention to detail: Safe, secure welds require intense attention to detail.
  • Teamwork skills: Welders work as part of a team and they must communicate well, follow directions and lead when called upon.
  • Adaptability: Welders face challenges every day and must rise to the occasion, rebound and roll with change.
  • Commitment to safety: Welding is a job that is rife with hazards. It is critical to be safety-conscious and go above and beyond when it comes to safe working practices.

Required Education For Welders

First and foremost, all welders must have a high school diploma. Becoming a certified welder requires a three-year apprenticeship or a combination of more than three years of experience and some college or industry courses in welding. Certifications in welding are administered by The Canadian Welding Bureau, and their website offers information on how to pursue specific certifications.

According to PayScale, the average salary for welders in Ontario is C$21.71. It is important to remember that this is just an average. Salaries can vary greatly depending on your experience, expertise, requirements of the job and more. New welders typically earn less than experienced, supervisory and highly specialized welders and inspectors.

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