Welding Career Outlook

Percent Employed

66%

Employed

 

Northwood Tech 2020-2021 Graduate Follow-Up Survey

Employed in Related Field

95%

Employed in a Related Field

 

Northwood Tech 2020-2021 Graduate Follow-Up Survey

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$31,198 - $62,915

Range of Yearly Salary

Northwood Tech 2020-2021 Graduate Follow-Up Survey

 

 

 


Careers

Typical positions available after graduation include:

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Welder/Fitter

Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary with the industry. Arc welding, the most common type of welding today, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld is usually determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place.

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Flame Cutter/Machine Welder

Cutters use heat to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. Their work is closely related to that of welders. However, instead of joining metals, cutters use the heat from an electric arc, a stream of ionized gas called plasma, or burning gases to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. Cutters also dismantle large objects, such as ships, railroad cars, automobiles, buildings and aircraft. Some operate and monitor cutting machines similar to those used by welding machine operators.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Production Welder

  • Construction Welder

  • Maintenance Welder

  • Welder Helper

  • Welding Machine Operator

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your Welding technical diploma at Northwood Tech, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Hear From Graduates

"Learning to weld has its challenges, but my great instructor helped me succeed, even when I thought I couldn't. And now, years later, I am one of the top welders at my job. Northwood Tech is a great experience with great instructors to help you in any way they can."

Brianna A., Welding Graduate

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