How to Become a Welding Engineer

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Welding engineers plan and perform welding on various types of equipment including steam turbines and centrifugal compressors. According to the Ohio State University's Welding Engineering program, this manufacturing process is estimated to impact over 50% of products manufactured in the United States. This engineering specialization requires an understanding of materials science, along with the process technology used to shape joints including arc welding, lasers, resistance welding, brazing and soldering. To get started in this profession, individuals should complete a engineering academic program for welding engineering along with learning and knowledge gathered through internships and on the job assignments.

Things You'll Need

  • BS in Materials Science or Welding Engineering
  • Welding Engineer certification
  • Resume
  • Attend a college or university that offers a four year bachelor of science program in engineering, welding engineering or a related engineering discipline. Schools like the Ohio State University provide welding engineering programs that provide welding intensive coursework. For best results, select a program that provides a curriculum endorsed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the American Welding Society (AWS).

  • Join a professional association. For welding engineers, joining the American Welding Society (AWS) will assist you in finding employment opportunities after graduation, creating a professional network of peers and preparing for certification once you have garnered at least one year of work experience. To join the American Welding Society while you are completing your degree program, review their membership information on their website: http://www.aws.org/w/a/membership/index.html?id=YhHMKQND.

  • Secure entry-level work experience. Beginning with the career planning and placement office at your college or university, begin inquiring about entry-level opportunities for welding engineers. You may also opt to discuss hiring or internship opportunities with an academic adviser in your engineering department. Create a resume with your degree and work history; be sure to include any internship or pre-graduation experience you have attained in the field. You may also search the AWS for Welding Engineer jobs: www.careersinwelding.com

  • Get certified. Once you have gathered work experience applying the learning you have acquired from your degree program, enhance your future career options and earning potential by getting certified though the American Welding Society. Your certification options will include: Certified Welding Engineer (CWE) and Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). Specific requirements for the certification examination will include education and work experience. To review the application process and identify a test facility offering the certification exam you are eligible for, visit: http://files.aws.org/certification/docs/CWEng_Application.pdf.

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