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5 Career Options at Your Fingertips After Completing Compass Career College’s Welding Program

Compass Career College student welding​Do you love working with your hands? Is it hard for you to imagine sitting at a desk day-in and day-out? Would you not mind—and possibly even enjoy— getting a bit dirty throughout the day? Then welding sounds like the perfect career path to set your sights on!

The best thing about securing a career in welding? The skills you gain throughout your education (like in Compass Career College’s 6-month Welding program) are highly transferable among employers, states, and even industries. This versatility gives those with this vocational certificate the flexibility to choose the best occupation to suit their preferences, interests, and preferred lifestyle. Will you be the next to join the fray and sign-up for Compass Career College’s program?

If you choose to pull the trigger on a Welding Certificate with Compass Career College, check out five career options that await after you graduate. 

Assemblers and Fabricators

Assemblers and fabricators work across a range of various American industries, putting the finishing touches on many consumer goods. In these types of positions, you’ll be responsible setting up and aligning parts in preparation for welding. Your skills will be used to complete items, such as toys, electronic devices, and computers. You could also have the privilege to work on other vital pieces of our country’s infrastructure, like air crafts, ships, and boats. Pretty versatile stuff, huh?

Boilermakers

Boilermakers often frequent online job boards, without many people not even realizing the full scope of the position. A career that dates back to the nineteenth century, the boilermaker trade evolved from industrial blacksmithing, and was originally called a boilersmith— get it? Today, those in this noble profession continue to assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases. This line of work may include a healthy bit of traveling to perform welding on the job sites that need it most.

Machinists & Tool and Die Makers

Although it’s not required of all machinists to be experienced in the ancient craft of welding, we would definitely recommend a background in it if you choose to explore this career avenue. Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts, while tool & die maker construct those very tools used by machinists. These parts are used in transportation and construction, with those within this particular career path working nights and weekends to meet strict timelines for projects. In other words—if you decide to go down this route, you must be a mover AND a shaker. 

Sheet Metal Workers

The role of a sheet metal worker is pretty self-explanatory. Trained welders in this position are responsible for welding sheets of metal together to create finished products. The need for sheet metal workers is projected to grow eight-percent by 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Most sheet metal workers fabricate, install, and maintain products that are made from thin metal sheets for heating and air conditioning units. Additionally, they are responsible for making a variety of other products, including rain gutters, outdoor signage, and siding for residential and commercial buildings. If you decide to become a sheet metal worker, get ready for some physical labor and heavy lifting! 

Pipefitters, Steamfitters, or Pipe Technicians 

Last, but certainly not least— this career option is, perhaps, the most obvious choice, considering Compass Career College’s comprehensive Welding curriculum catered toward pipe technicians. Our program will take you from entry-level to expert in a matter of months, and you’ll learn how to identify characteristics for welding materials, the art of gas metal arc and flux cored arc welding, and proficiency in various tasks associated with the career path. On the job, you will install, assemble, fabricate, and repair mechanical piping systems and work to ensure that the plumbing, piping, and ductwork is up to safety codes and standards. Expect plenty of travel, ample time spent on construction sites, and a healthy amount of deadlines! 

When it comes to finding the perfect welding career, it all depends which job position suits your vision for the future. Ask yourself the following questions: do you prefer to travel or stay on-site? Would you go for something with lighter physical labor requirements, or is a bit of heavy lifting okay? Which industry draws your attention the most? While considering these personal inquiries, remember that our Welding program prepares students for entry into the workplace. CCC helps you find the perfect career that suits your desires and needs— financially, logistically, and otherwise. 

For further information about our Welding program, contact Compass Career College today!

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