As the welding industry continues to grow, so does the interest in pursuing a welding career. Becoming a welder can be just as challenging as fulfilling – but needless to say, it is a valuable career that is constantly evolving and needing skilled, dedicated and ready-to-learn employees. While there are many different types of welders and welding jobs, one that has had an increase in interest is automotive welding. Automotive welding involves working with automotive parts and equipment, by performing skilled welding tasks.
The Duties of an Automotive Welder
Automotive welders perform similar tasks as any other welder, just on larger and heavier equipment. The average automotive welder can make structural repairs in various automotive vehicles, design metal components and structures to help improve the previous design and functionality of parts, and perform routine maintenance on all equipment. These tasks take skilled and trained welders and need to be carefully performed in order to produce safe, working, and well-put-together automotive vehicles. Aside from the hands-on tasks, an automotive welder can expect to advise other staff members on metal repairs and methods that could be used, make recommendations when it comes to failures and interpret manuals, diagrams, sketches and models. It is important for the automotive welder to know basic welding practices, concepts and safety regulations, as well as have some industry experience, in order to succeed in this role. At nexAir, our team members have years of experience and have gained expert KnowHow in the welding industry. We encourage our customers to reach out with any questions or concerns that they may have. In the end, it takes lots of field experience and hands-on work to become an expert in automotive welding – and we would love to be a part of your journey.
What You Need to Know Before Becoming an Automotive Welder
Just like any career, it is important to meet the basic job requirements before pursuing the role. As you could probably guess, automotive welding branches off of your basic welding practices. It would be a good idea to make sure you fully understand the types of welding such as arc, MIG and TIG welding, basic gas welding procedures, common tools, equipment and the types of steel that you would be working with. Another big concept you need to be familiar with is the welding safety procedures. Every welder, no matter the industry, needs to be aware of common hazards, safety precautions and regulations. However, these are all concepts that you will learn with whatever program you follow – and throughout your career.
So, are you ready to begin your career in automotive welding? Learning new skills can be exciting, overwhelming and fulfilling. At nexAir, we continue to push our customers to Forge Forward in every project, task and job that they take on. Please feel free to contact us at any point if you have questions in regards to gas, welding and in this case, automotive welding. One of our team members would be happy to assist you!
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