Here's how to become a welder part 1. Well, a basic overview and a nudge in the right direction anyway...
The industries involved in welding and fabrication are vast, and therefore the skills and methods involved vary from employer to employer.
Formal training in welding is important for most employers looking of prospects. They need to know that you know what you are doing so they don't have to fork over more money on additional training. However, that doesn't mean employers won't give you on the job training. If they find that you are very reliable and fast learner, they will give you an extra 'look' because it's hard to find good reliable people in any business.
Becoming a welder can be very exciting for the person who enjoys working with metal and getting technical. The industries in welding are diverse and will satisfy almost any area of metalworking and fabrication that interests you. For example, you can find careers in underwater welding, bicycle frame construction, motorcycle and automotive specialties, sheet metal fabrication, nautical, construction, and many more diverse fields.
Get certified AND get a degree. Employers want to see that you have a certification in welding at the very least. It's possible to get a welding job without certification, but they will pass you over for the other guy or gal with certification. You can get an associated degree in welding as well. A degree is better than a certificate course. But having both would hurt your efforts!
Some welding employers require a degree and certification, so try and get both if you can. A certification course is much shorter than a degree course, so if time is tight, get the certification first.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers like to get welders with some sort of training in welding. For example, an Associate of Applied Science degree. You can get this kind of training in technical school, trade school, private welding college, or even at a community college. But, some employers will hire you if you have been an apprentice under a welder with experience if you don't have any degree or certification from a school.
If you want to become a welder, it's a very good idea to get and continue format education in welding. It's an advancing field. For example, computers control machines and if you don't have any experience in this area or a certification in robotic welding then you will miss the boat. But it all depends on what the employer is looking for, and what you enjoy.
Lastly, becoming a welder doesn't necessarily mean you have to get a job. You can start your own welding business. It can be very rewarding. Read this article on how to start a welding business for more tips in the welding field.