3 Traits Every Successful Welder Has


The most outstanding professional welders have three key characteristics that make them exceptional. Welding proficiency shows in the results of a welder’s work, which is based on drawing from a solid skill set, properly applying expertise, and having a particular flair for the work. A successful welder understands the craft, continues to learn, and finds a specific niche.


1.  Understanding the Craft

Welding is a craft that takes years of practice to master – years of good practice. How a welder approaches his or her craft can make a big difference in the result; each job is a signature of the welder who made it. A person who just goes about the routine techniques of welding and does just enough to satisfy the job, is not the same as a person who cares deeply about the quality of the work they do. To them, it’s imperative to always do their best.

2.  Continuing to Learn

What outstanding welders have in common is their willingness to explore new techniques, learn about their industry, and to share their knowledge with others. Comprehensive welder training in basic welding skills is the foundation for the beginning of a career. First-rate welding training will improve your welding quality, safety habits, job satisfaction and earning potential. The Fab School, based out of Riverside, California, emphasizes that students of welding should put in as many hours of practice as possible during their welding training. However, even as an experienced welding professional, you ought to continue learning about your craft. As welding techniques continue to evolve, it is important to combine a solid education with learning from experienced welders.

3.  Finding a Specialization

There is a vast array of welding techniques. The type of welding technique used depends on the goal. As a professional welder, you should be familiar with these different techniques:

  • Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) – Also known as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, is an arc welding process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld
  • Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) – Also known as (MIG) welding, is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable wire electrode and the workpiece metal(s), which heats the workpiece metal(s), causing them to melt, and join
  • Plasma Arc Welding & Cutting (PAW) – is an arc welding process similar to gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). The electric arc is formed between an electrode (which is usually but not always made of sintered tungsten) and the workpiece
  • Oxyacetylene Welding & Cutting – Oxy-fuel welding and oxy-fuel cutting are processes that use fuel gases and oxygen to weld and cut metals

Welding processes can involve energy created form from electric arcs, gas flames, electron beams, friction, plasma, chemicals, lasers, resonance or ultrasound. Welding is part of many different environments, whether in manufacturing and construction sites or in underwater and space structures.

All welders start like every beginner does, learning the basic skills and understanding the essential welding processes. As they gain skills and knowledge, they typically gravitate to a type of welding which appeals to them. Some of the welding work is extremely challenging, like the working underwater on oil-rigs or in outer space on spacecraft. Others may enjoy creating delicate metal pieces for more artistic or decorative purposes. There is an incredible range of diversity offered in a welding career.

Author Bio:  Audrey Clark is a skilled freelance blogger covering a range of topics from careers and finance to travel and leisure, along with everything in-between. When not writing, she’s always on the lookout for her next adventure. Connect with Audrey on Twitter and Google+.



4 comments on “3 Traits Every Successful Welder Has”:

  1. Hazel

    When people have been asking my son what he wants to be when he grows up, recently he’s been answering, “a welder!” While I admire his drive, I will probably talk to him about this article, because it explains concisely that welding is not something you learn over night. While I think he just likes the idea of working with fire and metal, as this article states, truly being able to weld takes years of practice, discipline, and learning. Who knows, maybe he’ll still want to be a welder after I talk to him, or maybe he’ll move onto something else.


  2. stephen

    is welding a good career choice as a second career as i am 52 yrs old and have worked as a dental tech. for the past 25 yrs,. How is the demand and pay for this trade .Thank you

    1. Carmen

      My best advice would be to take a class and see if you like it. Your community college may offer welding classes and there is a projected shortage as baby boomers retire. And there are “cheater” lenses you can add to your welding helmet if you need an extra boost for close work. Good luck!

  3. Nancy

    It looks so intricate, I can see why it would take a lot of skill to make something with that many components. I would be interested to see some of her other works that she’s made with metal. It’s incredible that Karen and her daughters are creating art by welding metal. I’m impressed that she’s been creating welded art for fourteen years. That’s a long time to develop and perfect her craft. That seems apparent after looking at this picture of the mermaid that she made.


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