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Become A MIG Welder

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Working As A MIG Welder

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $38,150

    Average Salary

What Does A MIG Welder Do

MIG Welders are responsible for fitting and welding steel, aluminum, and stainless steel parts. They must keep work areas clean and organized and take care of all equipment and facilities.

How To Become A MIG Welder

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer.

Education & Training

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer. High school technical education courses and postsecondary institutions, such as vocational–technical institutes, community colleges, and private welding, soldering, and brazing schools offer formal technical training. In addition, the U.S. Armed Forces operate welding and soldering schools.

Courses in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy are helpful.

An understanding of electricity also is helpful, and knowledge of computers is gaining importance as welding, soldering, and brazing machine operators become more responsible for programming robots and other computer-controlled machines.

Although numerous employers are willing to hire inexperienced entry-level workers and train them on the job, many prefer to hire workers who have been through training or credentialing programs. Even entry-level workers with formal technical training still receive several months of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Courses leading to certification are offered at many welding schools. For example, the American Welding Society offers the Certified Welder and Certified Welding Fabricator designations.

Some welding positions require general certification in welding or certification in specific skills, such as Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Robotic Arc Welding.

The Institute for Printed Circuits offers certification and training in soldering. In industries such as aerospace and defense, which need highly skilled workers, many employers require these certifications. Certification can show mastery of lead-free soldering techniques, which are important to many employers.

Some employers pay the cost of training and testing for employees.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws. The ability to see details and characteristics of the joint and detect changes in molten metal flows requires good eyesight and attention to detail.

Manual dexterity. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must have a steady hand to hold a torch in one place. Workers must also have good hand-eye coordination.

Physical stamina. The ability to endure long periods of standing or repetitious movements is important for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.

Physical strength. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be in good physical condition. They often must lift heavy pieces of metal and move welding or cutting equipment, and sometimes bend, stoop, or reach while working.

Spatial-orientation skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to read, understand, and interpret two- and three-dimensional diagrams in order to fit metal products correctly.

Technical skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to operate manual or semiautomatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments.

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MIG Welder Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    89.7%
  • Female

    8.9%
  • Unknown

    1.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.6%
  • Asian

    6.1%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    81.0%
  • Urdu

    4.8%
  • Romanian

    4.8%
  • Croatian

    4.8%
  • Hindi

    4.8%
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Top Skills for A MIG Welder

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Top MIG Welder Skills

  1. Aluminum
  2. Safety Equipment
  3. Plasma Cutters
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cut and fabricated aluminum and steel plate per customer requirements.
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits while performing my job functions.
  • Can operate brakes, presses, cutting torch, and plasma cutters.
  • Operated air arc gouger, grinders, chippers, die grinders, and other industry machines, tools and equipment.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.

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