A career in welding is rewarding, in-demand, and lucrative. When you add a specialization, such as maritime welding, it can be even better. But what should you expect if you want to break into a career as a maritime welder? Before you apply for your next job in a shipyard, here are some things you should know to help you find a great maritime welder position.
Before you can begin on your path to becoming a maritime welder, you’ll need to have a high school diploma or GED. A focus on math can also be helpful. You’ll want to enroll in continued education, such as a program that offers a certification in welding. These programs are available at your local community college or technical school. Having this certification will get you in the door for an entry-level welding position.
The most important thing you can bring to the table as a maritime welder is experience in a shipyard. While you can learn welding in school, an entry-level position in a shipyard environment will give you the advantage of finding your first maritime welding job. Experience in the industry is in-demand.
The average salary for welders in most states is around $32,000. It may take some time and experience to reach that level, but it’s important to note that maritime welders can make significantly more based on their specialization.
Because of access to shipyards, most maritime welding positions are located in coastal areas such as the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic seaboard. The gulf coast is also a hotbed for shipyards, and there are plenty of opportunities to be found in areas around Florida and Alabama.
A Sense of Adventure
One of the reasons people gravitate toward the maritime industry is for a sense of adventure. Working outdoors near the water is an incredible opportunity. You will be working on a variety of projects for shipping companies or even the military. It’s an inspiring career.
Apply with a Staffing Agency
If you’re looking for a maritime welding position, from entry-level to advanced positions, start by applying with a staffing agency specializing in shipyard placements. We can help you find opportunities all along the gulf coast.
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