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How Do I Become a Stainless Steel Welder?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 21 August 2014
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The first step in the process that will allow you to become a stainless steel welder is to complete a high school education. Not all employees will require you to finish high school in order to be considered for a position, but you will end up being a more competitive job candidate if you finish school. While you are in high school, pay close attention to math and science courses, as these are likely to give you the foundational knowledge you will need to become a stainless steel welder.

Once you finish school, you can apply to a vocational or technical school that will teach you the skills necessary to become a stainless steel welder. These programs usually last one or two years, and at the end, you will be prepared to apply for an apprenticeship that will continue the process to become a stainless steel welder. An apprenticeship is usually offered by a local welder's union, though some private companies may also offer programs not related to the union. You should research the specific requirements in your area to find out what qualifications you will need in order to be accepted to an apprenticeship program.

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Your apprenticeship will last anywhere from one to five years, during which time you will work under the direct guidance and supervision of a more experienced welder. You will work on job sites and learn the techniques necessary to complete the job properly, and you will spend time in a classroom learning the basics about the welding process. Safety training will also be a big part of your apprenticeship. You will also learn about different types of welding that can be done to stainless steel. As an apprentice, you will need to prepare for licensing and certification exams that will allow you to become a stainless steel welder when you finish your apprenticeship.

Once your apprenticeship is complete and you have taken the appropriate certification exams, you will need to apply for a job. You may be able to find jobs through the local union if you have joined one, or you can find positions with private companies in construction, automobile manufacturing, and other applicable industries. Writing a resume is a good idea, as this will show potential employers that you are organized, dedicated, and ready to work in a professional setting. You can write a resume on your own if you are confident in your writing abilities, or you can hire a professional to do it for you.

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