Jobs in Welding

Welding Educator

Welding Educators - also known as welding instructors, trainers, or teachers - educate students in the theories and practical methods of welding.

Welding educators use their conceptual and practical understanding of welding and welding instruction in order teach a wide range of welding knowledge and skills, including, but not limited to: welding techniques, positioning, fit-up, equipment set-up, welding theory, metallurgy and weldability of metals, print reading, utilizing welding codes and standards, and even inspection of welds.

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  • Develop new curricula, course content, and methods of welding instruction
  • Prepare and maintain attendance rosters, student grades, book orders, and welding shop
  • Participate in task forces designed to promote welding and welding education
  • Attend seminars, conferences, and courses to keep abreast of developments in the field
  • Collaborate with administration, faculty, and community

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:


Minimum Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, engineering technology, etc.


Preferred Education

Bachelor’s degree in welding, vocational education, welding engineering, etc.


Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program


Advanced Certification

State or national teaching requirement


Advanced Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, vocational education, etc.


Recommended Training

Related welding work experience


Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder, AWS Certified Welding Educator, AWS Certified Welding Inspector

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Essential Skills

  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Proficient computer skills and adaptable to emerging technologies
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, and strong leader
  • Effective written and verbal communicator to student and industry audiences
  • Knowledgeable of weld discontinuities, materials, weldability characteristics, and filler metals

Work Environment

Welding educators primarily work in the classroom and shop environment. Travel may be minimal or extensive given the nature of the work.

The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Welding Educators in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Welding Educator careers are currently in demand.

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