Apprenticeships are an excellent way for inexperienced workers to get their feet wet in a skilled trade, gaining invaluable hands-on training and tutelage from an expert in the field. But they’re also beneficial to companies, which enjoy the advantage of being able to recruit, train and retain in-demand talent in an increasingly competitive global market. Learn about the benefits of industrial apprenticeships, the industries where they’re most common and how to land one if you’re looking to start your career in the skilled trades.
The Surehand Spotlight shares some of the many thousands of stories in the skilled industrial trades, shining a bright light on the hard-working tradesmen and women who build, operate, maintain, and ensure the safety of the world we live in. This month, we shine the spotlight on Kiera Jones, a Level II NDT Inspector from Louisiana. We recently spoke with Kiera about getting into NDT, what it takes to be a good inspector, and bridging the gap between the younger and older generations in the industry.
If you’re looking for a job in the welding industry, you’ve no doubt seen listings for TIG welding positions. Widely used across a variety of industrial sectors to produce clean, precise welds, TIG welding is one of the most common welding techniques.
Thinking of applying for a TIG welding job? We’ll break down what the position requires, how much you can expect to make and some of the best places to apply for TIG welding gigs.
Did you grow up tinkering with building blocks or taking things apart to see how they worked? Do you enjoy working with your hands, fixing things yourself and constantly learning? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ you might be a good candidate for a career in welding.
When you’re choosing a career path, it’s natural to want to find a job that you’re not only good at, but that you enjoy. Being engaged with your work is linked with higher job satisfaction, greater longevity, higher productivity and even a lower risk of getting injured in the workplace. All of that sounds nice, but there’s another factor that no doubt plays a major role when you’re deciding what to do for a living: how much you’ll make.
As the field of nondestructive testing (NDT) becomes increasingly sophisticated and utilized in a wide variety of industries, the need for NDT professionals is steadily rising. Highly skilled technicians are in demand, and the potential for growth within the field is greatest for individuals with specialized training in specific NDT methods. Phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) is a particularly lucrative specialization, due to the technique’s ability to examine virtually any material and deliver accurate results.
The Surehand Spotlight shares some of the many thousands of stories in the skilled industrial trades, shining a bright light on the hard-working tradesmen and women who build, operate, maintain, and ensure the safety of the world we live in. Meet Eddie Villafranca, a pipe welder turned rocket launch technician at SpaceX in Cocoa, Florida.
If you’re looking into a career in welding, one of the motivating factors might be because you’ve heard it pays well. This isn’t wrong–many welders earn a living that’s equal to professionals with advanced degrees, like law or medicine.
But salaries in the welding industry also aren’t that simple. Welding salaries vary widely by job type, sector and demand level. Even where you work, geographically speaking, can play a big role in how much you make as a welder.
The field of nondestructive testing (NDT) is a lucrative career path with plenty of room for advancement and a promising future. With a projected growth of $4.1 billion worldwide by the year 2025, careers in NDT provide security, stability, challenging work, and competitive wages. With options at state universities, city and community colleges, technical academies, and training centers, students can select the program that best fits their current schedule and financial needs, as well as their career goals.
Unions date back to the 18th century, founded with the rise of the labor movement as a means for workers to protect themselves. Today, they’re an ingrained part of our workforce that collectively strive to secure fair working conditions, higher pay and a representative voice for the workers who are part of them. Thinking of joining a welders union? We’ll explain how being part of a union can impact your welding career and share how to get your foot in the door if you’re looking to get a union welding job.