Welding is the well known skill of taking two pieces of metal and fastening them together in very strong fashion. Most people have heard about it and understand at least the above concept but don't really understand how useful it is.
Welding is used in more than just the steel construction industry. Anything metal that is formed from more than one part has most likely been welded. Things ranging from car bodies, to farm equipment, to underwater oil rigs, to custom mufflers, to sculptures...and on and on. There are separate welding techniques for each application whether it be the type of joint you are forming or the type of metal you are working with. There is spot welding, arc welding, stick welding, underwater welding, steel welding, aluminum welding, brass welding, copper welding, etc. You can weld big rugged things like axle assemblies, or tiny fine parts which require an flair. Basically in any industry and for every set of desires gifts, and abilities--there are applications for this wonderful skill.
Welders are in demand and paid well too. There just aren’t enough welders for all of the welding that needs to be done. And this is a universal need in every area geographically and in every area of business, in this country and throughout the world. So whether you are a handyman, or hobbyist, or need a great job here is a great skill to master and use. Welding classes are available at most local community colleges and career centers and once you are certified you will never regret it. You will be on your way to making your life, job, hobby--whatever--better!
You shouldn't get the wrong idea though, one class isn't going to teach you every technique and just like everything else with experience comes perfection and ease of welding technique. A good idea is to get a mentor that you can observe, learn tricks from, bounce questions off, and get constructive feedback from. This can be done on a personal level or more easily probably by reading information written by master welders and then contacting them.
So if you want to learn more about the many ways welding can jumpstart your career or make your job/hobby better than go take a class, then start practicing welding and read all you can from well known authors.
Josephine Stungger has taught beginning and advanced welding
classes for years at her local community college. A sculptor on the side, she has perfected many highly specialized welding techniques. To learn more visit www.learnwelding.info.