Welding jobs are important in several industries, including construction and manufacturing. Some things that welders do include:
Using tools to permanently join metals together and create a sturdy finished product.
Knowing how to weld various types of metal;
Paying attention to surroundings to ensure that everyone is safe;
Properly using safety equipment to prevent skin burns and flash burns;
Reading specifications and blueprints;
And taking care not to overheat metals.
There are both skilled and unskilled welders. Skilled welders will perform all of the above-listed tasks. However, an unskilled welder usually does repetitive welding that requires little finesse or training.
Welding Job Education Requirements
Most welders are skilled tradesmen. In order to reach the necessary level of expertise, they work as apprentice welders for a while so they can gain knowledge from an experienced professional. During their apprenticeships, welders learn how to work with a variety of metals, how to correctly read plans and blueprints, and how to conduct themselves safely at all times.
Welders may also find it helpful to develop good communication skills so they can ask questions about jobs to ensure that there are no misunderstandings.
Welding Job Market
The market for welding jobs is weak to fair across the country. Areas that have a lot of construction going on, as well as large cities, may be a suitable fit for welders who wish to find long-term jobs. However, it is good to keep in mind that even areas such as Alberta and British Columbia have experienced moderate to high levels of unemployment for welders.
Welding Job Salary Information
Across the country, welders generally make between C$15 and C$37 per hour. The median wage is C$23 per hour. The Northwest Territories, Alberta, and British Columbia all have relatively high median wages for welders. The median wage is below average in Manitoba and New Brunswick.