October 3rd, 2014 is Manufacturing Day, an event in which manufacturers across the country will be opening their doors to show students, job seekers and the general public the potential to be found in a manufacturing career. A couple of weeks ago we took a look at some of the most unusual jobs in welding to commemorate the upcoming event. This week we look at some of the most exciting jobs welding has to offer.
NASA – At some point in every kid’s life, there’s at least one moment when they dream about what it would be like to be an astronaut. Unfortunately, only a few people ever get the chance to be hurled into space, but welders can still be involved in space travel by working with NASA. Workers at NASA are responsible for building and maintaining the light, fast and durable vehicles needed for space exploration. It’s not an easy job to get, the job pool at NASA is still limited, but at least you won’t have to pass a g-force test.
NASCAR – Speaking of light, fast and durable vehicles, motorsports are a terrific place for welders who can work fast without sacrificing attention to detail. The frenzied high speed, intense- energy environment of a motorsport crew is a perfect place for a skilled welder to ply their significant skills. In NASCAR, about 950-man hours are spent on welding and fabricating each car before the vehicle ever hits the road.
Robotics – We wrote about robotics a few weeks back, debunking many of the myths and fears that robotics inspires about job security in manufacturing. However, robots don’t just fill job gaps, they also generate new work for human welders. After all, robots are made out of sturdy metal, and in addition to needing welders for robot construction, welders are also needed to operate and maintain robots.
Underwater Welding – In order to become an underwater welder, you must also become a certified diver. Although this makes underwater welding a very specialized field, it also makes it one of the more unusual and exciting career paths available. Few types of welding can claim a truly unique work environment as honestly as underwater welding.
Oil Rigs – If you love the idea of working near the ocean, but not necessarily in the ocean, offshore oil rigs may be another exciting career choice for you. Oil rigs can also give underwater welding a run for its money in the field of interesting working environments. Oil rigs are like self-contained cities, making them a truly unique place to work. Meanwhile, the diverse jobs required of oil rig workers will constantly keep you on your toes.
Large Hadron Collider – Although working on the Large Hedron Collider might not offer as exotic a work environment as underwater welding or oil rigs, the giant, state-of-the-art particle accelerator located 570 feet underground is certainly an unusual job. And considering the collider is located in a 17- mile long circular tunnel, a lot of workers are needed for construction and maintenance.
Military Support Welders – Although the most potentially dangerous of the unusual welding jobs on this list, military support welders are also among the best paid. A military support position can often lead to six digit incomes, and welders are usually stationed in camps at home or abroad. Welders for the military are responsible for maintaining equipment, transportation and gadgets used for combat.
This list is only a sample of the exciting careers available in welding. If you want to learn more about how to improve your employability as a welder, we invite you to visit our website: http://awo.aws.org. There you can find blogs, video conferences, online courses and other resources designed to expand your career.