Research conducted among different industries says that about 80% of these companies cannot find enough qualified welders to match their needs. As the global construction increases the demand for qualified welding professionals will increase as well. Experts predict that the demand for welding companies will increase by 26% in the next decade. This puts welding as one of the fastest growing professions in the world.

There are many welding techniques to specialize in if you decide to become a welder. But there are some techniques that are more in demand than other. This demand of the techniques leads to welding companies keep a look out for people specializing in these welding techniques.

 

4 Common Welding Techniques

Stick welding

Stick welding is one of the oldest welding processes around. It was introduced in the 1920s. It is still used in many construction and maintenance projects. The advantages of stick welding are that it’s less costly than other processes, it can be used in mobile welding services, it offers versatility and the equipment is easy to operate. It is most commonly used to weld steel and stainless steel. It can be used to effectively weld other metals as well but stainless steel and steel can be welded with stick welding most efficiently.

MIG Welding

MIG or metal inert gas welding uses electricity to melt and infuse metal pieces together. It is the easiest type of welding technique. It was developed in 1940s, a short circuit is produced between different nodes of the welding gun and the heat produced along with the inert gas melts the metal and infuses them together.

The advantage of MIG welding is that it saves time as it is very fast and easy to use. But it can’t be used in mobile welding service because the equipment is difficult to set up and is not portable at all. It is sometimes called Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and it can be used to weld many different types of metal.

Flux Cored Arc Welding

Flux cored arc welding is similar to MIG welding as far as equipment and overall process is concerned. It includes an electrode containing a flux and a constant voltage. A shielding gas is used to keep the weld surface from atmospheric contamination. FCAW is a fast welding process and can be used to weld many different metals. It is more costly than other processes and not as portable as stick welding.

TIG Welding

Tungsten inert gas welding is the most difficult of all the welding processes. It requires a lot of skill on the welder’s part and produces a top quality weld. It can weld virtually any metal. Because it is very difficult to master welding companies are in constant search for expert TIG welders.

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