Careers in Construction: Welding

Workforce Development
Contact: Greg Zick
(202) 266-8493

A welder working on a joint

Average National Wage: $50,460 | $24.26/hour

Welders working in residential construction typically enjoy more variety of projects within a year. They focus on joining steel beams for building support and pipes for carrying water or natural gas and use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

In the welding trade you will learn:

  • Safety
  • Structural welding
  • Applied mathematics
  • Ability to weld materials
  • Blueprint reading skills

Important qualities for welders:

  • Detail oriented
  • Manual dexterity
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Spatial-oriented skills
  • Technical skills

Once you complete training, you have a variety of employment opportunities:

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Supervisor
  • Instructor
  • Project manager

Careers in the Trades: Welding