Do you like to work with metals? If you are interested in becoming a trained individual who specializes in welding metals then a career in welding is for you!

What Does a Welder do?

Welders typically get employed at construction sites or residential properties. They may also work at shipyards or in automobile companies. The job description of a welder may vary according to their work place however, their usual responsibilities include:

  • Lighting and controlling the welding flame and the metals being welded.
  • Properly placing and securing metal parts.
  • Maintaining, cleaning and properly storing the welding equipment.
  • Careful evaluation of the welding work to confirm its safety.

How to Become a Welder in Massachusetts?

There are several requirements that must be fulfilled if you want to work as a welder in Massachusetts. Here is a step by step guide to help you begin:

  1. High School Diploma

High school students must complete courses in science and math. Welders need to make precise calculations in their work on a daily basis therefore these courses help them build a strong foundational knowledge.

  1. Certification/Associate’s Degree in Welding

Obtaining a high school diploma or a GED makes you eligible to enroll in a certificate/associate’s degree in welding. Massachusetts has plenty of institutions that offer a degree in Welding. For instance, Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a Certificate in Welding.

  1. Internship/Traineeship/Apprenticeship

Apart from completing a formal degree, gaining hands on experience is crucial. Many colleges in Massachusetts help their students get an internship/apprenticeship during their study period.

  1. AWS Certification/License

To work in Massachusetts as a licensed welder, passing the AWS certification exam is very important. Having a license also improves your job prospects.

Why Get Certified/Licensed as a Welder in Massachusetts?

Even though it is not mandatory for welders to be certified/licensed in the state of Massachusetts, numerous employers prefer to hire certified/licensed welders. Typically, welders take the AWS certification exam to get a license. However, the welders who wish to work on bridges and other highway projects must obtain the MassDOT Welder Certificate. The interested candidates must take and pass the MassDOT Certificate exam to become MassDOT certified welders.

How Much Can I Make as a Welder in Massachusetts?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an annual mean income for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers in Massachusetts for the last three years i.e., 2016 to 2018, as:

2016 2017 2018
Annual Mean Salary (MA) $48,210 $51,240 $53,060
Annual Mean Salary (US) $42,450 $43,410 $44,360

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The afore-mentioned income chart depicts a regular increase in the annual mean salary of Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers in Massachusetts from 2016 to 2018. The mean wage in Massachusetts was also considerably higher than the national average in each of the three years.

Career Outlook of a Welder

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a rise of 3% employment growth for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers from 2018 to 2028. This employment growth rate is slower than the average for other occupations.