How to Develop Basic Welding Skills

Welding is a method of permanently joining metal pieces together. If you're considering welding as a hobby or as a career, start with safety basics and get hands-on experience.

You will need

  • Internet access

Step 1 Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for an in-depth description of training and skill qualifications for the welding profession.

Step 2 Learn common welder jargon Learn welding jargon by visiting welding websites. “Tacks” are small welds holding metal pieces together. “Filler rods” are metal added to pieces by welding.

Step 3 Get an overview of welding processes Get an overview of welding repair processes like arc welding, spot or seam welding, metal inert gas or MIG welding, and tungsten inert gas or TIG welding.

Step 4 Know about basic tools for a beginner Know about basic beginner tools like a right-angle square ruler, a scratch awl to make lines on metal, and an angle grinder to remove excess metal.

Step 5 Know about personal protective equipment Learn about work-safety precautions and personal protective equipment like safety gloves, particle masks, leather capes, and welding gloves.

Step 6 Find welder organization training resources Find training resources through professional welder organizations like the American Welding Society or the Fabricators’ and Manufacturers’ Association.