19 Most Important Welding Skills Wanted All The Time
By Vida Scott

With those skills, welders can be confident with their job achievement and employability!

Welding is a hard work; it requires the following skills to perfect the end products, accomplishing the job and earning handsome pays as a result. The employers will figure they are having a talent among their hires when they find out those skills that welder obtains:

  1. Ability to Read Blueprints: What makes a great welder is the ability to quickly and easily read blueprints and grasp how the information presented is associated with a project.
  2. Awareness of Safety Standards: A great welder has a good grip of safety standards in the industry for protecting themselves and others.
  3. Concentration: A successful welder definitely is immersed into their job. Rather, they pay full attention to a project in a long period of time. They are able to be wholeheartedly dedicated to their work, and make sure all aspects are correctly completed.
  4. Problem-solving: Just like other workers in the skilled trades, welders are required to be great problem solvers who care for details. They have to discover flaws with designs and materials, deal with broken areas, and know how to repair worn part or/ and equipment.
  5. Math and science: Similarly to plumbers and other tradespersons, welders persistently apply their knowledge of basic science and math while working. They would estimate costs, make calculations, decide which metals to use with what chemicals and/ or fuels, track their own hours, etc.
  6. Interpersonal: Welders usually spend lots of time on their own though, they often have to interact with employers, clients, other tradespeople. In construction, the welders, from time to time, work with other welders and tradespersons to guarantee projects are finished seamlessly.
  7. Customer Service Skills: They can cater to clients’ needs and work effectively with other staff.
  8. Detail Orientation: A great welding worker will be very detail oriented. They are meticulous and thorough in the work.
  9. Good Eyesight: While a historian need a photographic memory, an actor will shine out with exceptional acting skills and good-looking face, a great welder with sharp vision will be able to see very complicated details in the work area.
  10. Metallurgical Knowledge: A great welder is simply familiar with different type of metals, their properties and how to work with them.
  11. Knowledge of Welding Tools and Equipment: An experienced welder with various welding tools and equipment will know how to use the tool most effectively for quickly having the job done in a safe fashion.
  12. Manual Dexterity: A greatwelder is always proud of their amazing manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination for performing complicated physical tasks required of a welding career.
  13. Comprehensive Knowledge of Different Welding Techniques: A great welder would work to show you what a comprehensive knowledge of various techniques they have accumulated – for example, metal art, flux core arc, oxy fuel, and gas tungsten arc welding
  1. Writing: As an all-around welder, he should be good at writing reports or invoices from employers about his tasks completed, materials used, hours worked and how much to cost customers; writing safety guidelines to describe how to operate company equipment properly; to name some.
  2. Reading: Good reading skills allow welders to grasp company policies, procedures like time-off request, understand codes and specifications for well leading up to welding projects. They also can read equipment and safety manuals that demonstrate safe operation procedures; read and follow specific welding procedures that governing bodies develop.
  3. Document use: An ability of document use facilitates examining lines and colors of pipes at workplace to decide their contents – for instance, the type of gas they contain. Welders also use checklists to learn, follow appropriate work procedures, safety guidelines. Document use will help them with comparing color coding on metals to the color code chart for identifying its grade and alloy. Not all, they would review notes on the blueprints from the engineering department about materials, procedures; understand diagrams, tables on the blueprints for determining engineering requirements.
  4. Computer use: The computer use skill helps out operating plasma cutting machines, orbital welders and other computer controlled equipment.
  5. Eye for the arc: This is the skill of bead placement, torch/electrode angles, and the ‘tricks of the trade’ that is needed to make an x-ray quality weld in any arc welding process.
  6. Positive attitude and work ethic: As reported by many employers, ‘can-do’ attitude is becoming rare in the workforce those days. Some workers fail to learn the work ethic towards becoming a skilled welder. That way may result in a negative attitude about welding. Necessarily, positive working ethic and attitude are addressed early in the training centers because it is simply as important as the welding skills.

To add it up, welding is not as simple as thought. To earn a buck, the welders should ensure they grasp those skills, both technical and behavioral. Not few welders have complained about their pays. They have heard of this job’s very attractive wages, but it turns out to otherwise when they are working as a welder. This may be reasoned that they are not addressing some key skills among above listed, or pursuit an easy-to-do weld type occupation. After all, with the zeal for welding, hard work, commitment, and persistent improvement, they sure enjoy happy ending with this occupation.