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a dYnaMiC indUsTrY WiTH a Big fUTUre There is almost no limit to what welding can do. From space stations and offshore oil platforms to large sculptures, welding is an increasingly high-tech skill.

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YoUr Welding Career naVi sYsTeM How can students prepare for a career in the welding industry? How can they earn while they learn?

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fUn faCTs When did the earliest recorded welds occur? What is a fume plume? Which famous comedian has a large antique car and motorcycle collection and regularly employs welders?

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aMaZing CHoiCes, aMaZing PaY The welding industry needs qualified workers, and it pays well. Not only does the welding field offer tremendous opportunities, it is also expected to experience a big shortage of skilled welding professionals.

8 Welding Career Profiles

9 Apprentice ironworker

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AssociAte professor of welding

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diver/UnderwAter welder

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HUll tecHniciAn

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MecHAnic

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pipe welder

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president

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reseArcH engineer

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robotic welder

13 welding tecHniciAn

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CoMPUTers and roBoTs PlaY a Big role Advances in technology are contributing to the future of welding.

resoUrCe gUide How to contact organizations that can help you get started in a welding career.

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aCHieVing sUCCess Tips for counselors, teachers and parents to help students understand their options in the welding field.

Careers in Welding

InDemand

AmericAn Welding society Executive Director, Ray Shook Senior Associate Executive Director, Jeff Weber Marketing Communnications Director, Ross Hancock

AmericAn Welding society foundAtion Executive Director, Sam Gentry Manager, Vicki Pinsky Corporate Director, Solutions Opportunity Squad, Monica Pfarr Director, Solutions Opportunity Squad, Connie Bowling

Weld-ed regionAl centers Chattanooga State Technical College Honolulu Community College Lorain County Community College North Dakota College of Science Pennsylvania College of Technology Texas State Technical College The Ohio State University Yuba College

the mcgrAW-hill compAnies Elana Shippen Janice Tuchman Francesca Messina Sue Pearsall

Housley Carr J.T. Long Pat Toensmeier

Providence Cicero Donald Cotchen Mark Kelly Robert Ivy James H. McGraw IV

“Careers in Welding” was written and produced by The McGraw-Hill Companies under contract to the American Welding Society. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0703018. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Copyright ©2009 by American Welding Society Foundation and National Center for Welding Education & Training (Weld-Ed) in both printed and electronic format. The AWS Foundation and Weld-Ed are not responsible for any statement made or opinion expressed herein. Data and information developed by the authors of specific articles are for informational purposes only and are not intended for use without independent, substantiating investigation on the part of the potential users.

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