If you want to join metals together to form a joint, you need to know how to weld. Welding accounts for about 50 percent of the gross national product, and it's all around us every day, in buildings, cars, planes and much, much more.
There are four basic types of welding:
• Mig welding is one of the easiest to master, and it is primarily used in both home and industry
• Gas welding is a bit more complicated because it requires a mixture of gas and oxygen to obtain a flame hot enough for steel melting
• Tig welding requires a lot of practice to become an expert because it must have a superior finish minus the need for sanding and grinding
• Arc welding is also known as stick welding and is used in construction, manufacturing, and repairs. It's also one of the easiest types to learn
If you have an interest in learning to be a professional welder and you live in Pennsylvania, here is a listing of schools that you will want to check into for a great foundational education. The following list of accredited schools offer pipe welding, reading blueprints and certification. However, there are more schools that offer one or two of those options and are also accredited.
• All State Career School Welding Technology in West Mifflin
• Berks Career and Technology Center Welding Technology in Leesport
• Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County Welding in Scranton
• Eastern Westmoreland Career and Welding Technology Center in Latrobe
• Fayette County Area Vocational Technical School Welding in Uniontown
• Industrial Training and Testing Institute – Welder Training and Certification in Philadelphia
• New Castle Technical Schools Ohio – PA Combo Welding Technology in New Castle
• Northampton Community College Welding Program in Bethlehem
• Pennsylvania College of Technical Welding in Williamsport
• Triangle Tech Welding School has campuses in Sunbury, Bethlehem, Pittsburg, and DuBois
• Welder Training and Testing Institute in Allentown
• Western Area Career and Technology Center in Canonsburg in Canonsburg
• Westmoreland Country Community College in Youngwood
If you decide to become a welder, you can expect to make about $35,000 per year or an estimated $17 per hour. That will likely vary based on your experience level and your location in the USA. Good luck to you!
For more, see welding schools in Pennsylvania.