A welder is a tradesperson who specializes in fusing materials together. The term welder refers to the operator, the machine is referred to as the welding power supply. The materials...to be joined can be metals (such as steel, aluminum, brass, stainless steel etc.) or varieties of plastic or polymer.
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What Pipeline Welders Love About Their Trade
New challenges every day.
Using big cool tools.
It's a great lifestyle.
Not Customer Facing
Variety of Tools
Not Hard on Body
Many fields require welding. Many ways to specialize.
Entrepreneurship Potential Very High
Very low startup cost and high likelihood of success.
Very dependent on the oil and gas industry.
Cities With The Highest Paying Pipeline Welder Jobs In Illinois