"If there is such a welder shortage, why hasn't the pay gone up?.. "
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There is a shortage of skilled welders in the USA. It was totally predictable and now its here.
But How did this welder shortage happen?
Here is how....Somehow it has become more noble to click a mouse in a Dilbert cube under buzzing fluorescent lights than to get calloused hands with dirt under your fingernails from the hard dirty work you might do if you are a welder.
Moms and Dads have not encouraged their Sons and Daughters to learn skilled trades. They cant bear to think of little Johnny burning himself or skinning a knuckle.
What they don't realize is that there are many welding jobs that are high tech and not dirty or grimy. And even some of the low tech welding jobs pay good money for an ace who can lay down a good welding every time.
Maybe its the stigma attached to the vo-tech track that you choose in high school.
The college track is highly encouraged...The Vo Tech prep courses are for losers who dont get good enough grades for the college track. At least that is the general perception.
But some of us know the truth.
The Truth is that a lot of college grads will never make the kind of money you can make in welding.
I am not talking about the 9 dollar an hour welding jobs pulling a mig gun trigger on trailer underpinnings.
I am talking about the kind of wages made by a journeyman craftsman welder that is formally trained, experienced, and certified in multiple processes and metal types.
Wouldn't that be something to be proud of?
And here another revelation for anyone who looks down there nose at a welder...some of us want to do something, build something, get dirty, sweat, be tired, and then have a beer at the end of the day and feel like we have accomplished something.
When I was a young man, a kid really, just out of high school, I enrolled in a local college.
I hated every minute.
I had no idea what I wanted to do and could not make the connection between the crap I was being fed in class and what I would need to know to make a living.
Then I enrolled in a vo-tech school right down the road...in welding.
From Day one, It was a different feeling. I could see where I was going. I started to feel like a man. I was getting dirty, getting burned, sweating, and learning a trade. It felt good.
Fast forward ahead over 30 years and welding has let me support a family..., without ever being out of work or missing a meal.
Welding has been very , very good to me.
And now with a welder shortage upon us, It is a very good time to become a welder. But how?
Go to welding school. That's how. Cant imagine going to college for 4 or 5 years? ... Well there are some fast track welding schools with programs that last months not years.
Go to Hobart...Go to Tulsa...Go somewhere... but go to school.
There are lots of opportunities out there to go to welding school and at least one of them is FREE.
Yes I said Free.
Westinghouse realized that in order to find good welders, they needed to just train welders themselves,,,so that's what they are doing,,,click below to learn about the WEC welding program.
a welding school called WEC Welding Institute... one in Rock Hill SC and one in Chattanooga TN ...so far.