WHAT DO MIG WELDERS DO?
Are you ready for a job so hot that it melts metal? MIG welders use metal inert gas (MIG), also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to join metal together. A MIG welding machine uses direct current to melt the metal and join it to another piece of metal, while a gas like argon to disperse contaminants from the welding zone.
MIG welders are people who are trained in using this complicated machine. They work in factories and construction sites to join metal parts together using hand-held MIG welders.
There are hundreds of different types of welding processes, and MIG welding is one of the most common. MIG welders must be careful and pay close attention, because of the dangerous nature of super-heated metal in an industrial area. MIG welders can expect long hours on their feet.
HOW MUCH DO MIG WELDERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2010, the median hourly income for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers was $17.04 an hour, or $35,450 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Skills can be learned at a vocational school, community college or private school. Some jobs may hire unskilled people and train them on the job. Those taking classes must understand how to read blueprints, basic math, metallurgy and a basic understanding of electricity.
Many companies prefer MIG welders to be certified. Certification can be obtained through the American Welding Society.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Attention to Detail: Welders need to make clean lines and cuts when welding. Paying attention to the job at hand is necessary.
- Dexterity: MIG welders work with their hands, and need to be steady during the welding process.
- Strength: MIG welders often need to lift or hold heavy pieces of metal in place while welding.
- Stamina: MIG welders can expect long hours on their feet, often in hot conditions.
- Technical Skills: Welding equipment requires technical knowhow, as does reading blueprints and understanding how the final product should look.
- Troubleshooting Skills: Welders should see flaws in welds or structural imperfections in the metal.
- Good Vision: Keeping a steady eye on the weld as it takes form requires good vision.
THE FUTURE OF MIG WELDERS
Welding jobs will grow at an average pace between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.