Acquire a welding apprenticeship so that you can begin your education and training, eventually leading to a career. Welding is done in many different types of industries, such as pipefitting, construction, and automobile assembly. An apprenticeship can lead to a profitable career as a contracted welder, providing you with the option to join a union. Unions protect welders' wages and ensure safety of their workplaces. Start your welding career by entering an apprenticeship through your local union hall.
Find the website of a union that employs welders. Try the unions representing iron pipefitters, iron workers, plumbers or steamfitters. Look for information as to how and where applications for apprenticeships are taken. Each union will have slightly different apprenticeship processes.
Go to the local trade union and fill out an application for apprenticeship.
Take the apprenticeship test when notified of testing times. You will be contacted by the union hall office upon passing for an interview.
Take the oral interview and wait to be contacted for acceptance. Your name will be added to the list of applicants, based on your test scores.
Start attending classes at the time indicated by the union hall. These classes are given twice a week, and full-time apprenticeship will follow.
Welding apprenticeships take from three to five years to complete.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.