The process of welding involves heating metals so they melt and can then be fused together. Welding provides a strong bond, so it is commonly used as a method for fusing metal in the construction of large buildings, bridges, ships, automobiles, and much more. There are several options when it comes to looking at careers in welding. Those who enjoy working with their hands can look into TIG (tungsten inert gas) or MIG (metal inert gas) welding, each of which has its own set of requirements. Those who don't have experience with welding might be able to find apprenticeship welding jobs in AB, where they can learn how to operate machinery and weld metal under the supervision of an experienced professional. There are also options to work on assembly lines in entry-level positions.
Welding Job Market in Alberta
Alberta has seen dramatic growth in the last four years. Between 2011 and 2015, the population went from 3.6 million to nearly 4.2 million, making it the fourth-most populous province in Canada. One of its key industries is manufacturing, which makes it a great location for those who are seeking welding jobs. In the recent past, the construction and manufacturing industries have seen rapid growth after a period of downturn, so the prospects for welders are good.
Welding Job Salaries in Alberta
The annual average income for a welding job is C$42,100. About 26 per cent of people who work in the industry earn more than C$50,000 a year, so there is the potential for growth. Many of those in welding, who earn higher salaries, work in a supervisory role managing and training other welders, or as welding inspectors. Some can also have experience in a more complex type of welding, such as TIG welding, which makes their skills more valuable.