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Want to Become a Combination Welder?

Do you enjoy using sophisticated, powerful, and complicated tools? Does the thought of controlling heat, flames and sparks sound exciting? If so, you may want to consider our Combination Welding program.

Arizona Automotive Institute’s (AAI) welding curriculum offers flexible hours for those with busy schedules, along with the chance to learn from industry-experienced instructors in a hands-on, simulated work environment. 

As a student in our welding training program, you will learn to perform shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas meta arc welding, and flux core arc welding on a variety of metals and surfaces.

The skills and technical knowledge gained in this program will give you the foundation for a rewarding career as a professional welder.

Is Welding a Good Career?

Welding job duties can vary based on the job site and type of work needed. Welders frequently work on construction teams, and can work in spaces of all sizes, from open-air to tight corners. It can be a highly rewarding role, as welders contribute to structures that last for years. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, expected growth for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028.*

* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm

What is Combination Welding?

Combination welding involves connecting two pieces of metal by heating them with various tools through different methods. As simple as it sounds, the process requires precise skill and perfect technique, honed with hands-on training and study. 

Welding professionals work around the clock, and their work stands in all places – from the smallest projects to the tallest buildings – and tends to last the test of time. 

What Do Combination Welders Do?

Welding job descriptions usually include a number of important roles in the preparation, construction, and maintenance of welding tasks. Our curriculum emphasizes understanding in a number of welding techniques, while maintaining workplace safety at all times. Our curriculum primarily focuses on the most common tasks welders perform, including:

  • Chipping and cleaning completed welds for final installation
  • Repairing welds in already-finished work
  • Creating machine parts, equipment, and motors
  • Filling holes, indentations, and seams in metal
  • Welding a number of materials
    • Metal plates
    • Metal pipes
      • Carbon & Low Alloy Steel Pipe
      • Aluminum Pipe & Plate

How Much Money Do Welders Make?

While welding salaries can vary between cities, the median annual wage for welders was $41,380 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,740.*

* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm#tab-5

Career Outlook for Combination Welders

The outlook for welding jobs continues to grow, as the job outlook for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is expected to increase 3% from 2018-2028*, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm#tab-1

How Do I Become a Combination Welder?

Welding careers have taken many forms as technology continues to improve. Some welding tasks can be completed remotely, while others require the on-site hands of a skilled welder. Hands-on training is key, as experience working with heat and flame occurs often on the job.

AAI’s program sets up a broad base to help students perfect the skills that employers truly desire. Successful graduates of our program are prepared to complete welding certification exams that meet NCCER standards*. 

Welding is an exciting career with many opportunities to explore, as new technology and advancement in science means there is always room for continued education.

*AAI does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AAI but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AAI. Therefore, AAI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Learn the Skills at AAI!

We’d like to invite you to experience our program for yourself. Our admissions team is ready to answer any questions you might have about our campus offerings, so feel free to reach out for additional details. We’d be happy to arrange a visit to our campus so you can see our students and instructors in action, and find out if our welding program could be the right solution for your career training needs.