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National Welding Month: How Welding Holds Our World Together

National Welding Month

Have you ever stopped to think about how welding holds our world together? From the smallest welds that hold together household goods to bigger welds that form our cars, bridges and buildings, welding is the glue that holds our world together.

How welding holds our world together

By definition, welding is the joining of two or more materials through heat or heat and pressure to form a bond between two pieces of metal or plastic. As advancements in materials, processes, and equipment continue, modern welding is becoming an increasingly high-tech and valuable skill.

Welding is used in the automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding and construction industries to fabricate high-quality products you see every day as well as to weld sculptures and unique metal art projects. Welding is also used in the manufacturing of small electronic devices, medical equipment, and nanotechnology. In fact, more than 50 percent of U.S. products require welding, according to the American Welding Society (AWS).

Welding Industry Outlook

Despite the great need for welders in our modern world, the welding industry continues to face a huge shortage of skilled welders. Some reasons behind the welder shortage include the need to replace retiring welders, negative perceptions about the career, and an increased need for welding in general. Believe it or not, by 2024, the U.S. will need more than 314,000 welding professionals.

How can we change the perception of a career as a welder? We start talking and combating the negative perceptions about what being a welder really looks like.

A Career in Welding

Welders are highly-skilled problem solvers, and a welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work all around the world. A career in welding gives individuals without a four-year college degree the opportunity to earn a decent salary. While wages for welding professionals vary by location, occupation, certifications, experience level and other factors, the national median salary for welding jobs is $43,789/year. Plus, there are several options to receive formal training and start a career as a welder. Most welding opportunities require a high school diploma as well as technical and on-the-job training. Earning a professional welding certification can reward you in significant ways, including higher salary potential, stronger employment demand and better job stability.

Watch more videos from the AWS on what it‚Äôs like to be a welder here, and learn more about the most recent welding workforce data and projections endorsed by the AWS here.

How to Celebrate National Welding Month

April is National Welding Month‚Äďa time to recognize and appreciate the invaluable work welders do to hold our world together, keep products rolling off our assembly lines and our economy booming. The AWS established April as¬†National Welding Month¬†in 1996 to bring awareness to the welding industry and its available career paths. So, how can we celebrate National Welding Month? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Mentor a future welder. Have you been welding for a while? Offer your wisdom and expertise to welding students to encourage and support them in their future careers.
  2. Donate to a charitable organization. Nonprofit charitable organizations like the AWS Foundation provide educational scholarships and research fellowships to deserving students.
  3. Support a welding training program. Welding training programs are a cost effective way for individuals to acquire the skills they need to pursue a career in welding.
  4. Spark a conversation in your community (and on social media) about the many opportunities in welding. Sign up to talk about welding during your local school’s career day or share your experience as a welding professional at a technical school or college.

Atlas Welding Supply is Proud to Support the Welding Industry

Atlas Welding Supply is a leading provider of products and services that support welding. We are proud to support several local welding training programs and technical schools. Contact us to learn how our products safely maximize productivity, increase efficiency, reduce rejects, and improve your working environment.

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