Welder/Welder Fitter

Welder Often Appears on the List of In-Demand Trades for Canadian Industries

A steel welder at workThere is currently a rather interesting dichotomy in Canada with respect to welding jobs; welding often appears on lists of in-demand trades jobs but the actual number of skilled welders across the country is in short supply.  This inconsistency/contradiction in supply and demand presents an excellent opportunity for any individuals interested in pursuing a career as a welder or welder fitter.

Some of the major Canadian industries in which skilled welders can find success include:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Shipbuilding
  • Transportation
  • Structural Engineering

Before delving into the various avenues that can lead to securing jobs in such industries, it may be helpful to explore the fundamentals of these roles in more depth.  To begin, it will be important to note that many people, employers and tradespeople alike, often use the terms welder and welder fitter interchangeably; however, there are some subtle yet distinctive differences:

  • Welder – responsible for the complete welding or fusion of the joints/materials
  • Welder Fitter – reads the blueprints, marks the weld locations, fits the pieces, and tacks them in place in preparation for the welder to complete or finish the job

Since both roles involve and require welding skills, they will be considered as equivalent for the balance of this discussion.

To meet the various demands associated with welding jobs, interested candidates should possess the following:

  • Good physical fitness
  • Strong eye-hand coordination
  • An ability to focus on repetitive tasks
  • Respect for on-the-job safety practices
  • Tolerance to work near/with heat and bright lights
  • An understanding of working with hazardous materials

Also, there are different forms of welding, or areas of specialization within the trade, that are routinely associated with the use of certain types of materials/metals and/or linked to specific industries. The better-known of these sub-specialties consist of:

  • Shielded-Metal Arc Welding – the most common form (construction; home projects)
  • Metal Inert Gas or MIG Welding – steel and aluminum (automotive and shipbuilding)
  • Tungsten Inert Gas or TIG Welding – for any type of metal (architectural fabrication)
  • Gas Tungsten-Arc Welding – a more highly-specialized field (airplane manufacturing)

Apparent by the scope of opportunities, presented within the trade itself and throughout the industrial sector, welding can indeed prove to be a viable and rewarding career path.

Professional Staffing or Placement Agencies Can Help Launch a Welding Career

Welder education trainingWhile all of the above may sound somewhat enticing, there remains one fundamental yet rather important matter for consideration – how does a potential candidate establish the foundation for a career as a welder?  Even though the trade is in relatively high demand throughout the country, welding jobs are not handed out to all who might simply express an interest.

To prepare a sound base for their welding careers, interested parties should consider the following:

  • Obtaining a high school diploma (emphasis on math and science), and
  • Post-secondary studies at a community college or technical school, or
  • Acquiring a registered apprenticeship through an appropriate employer (apprenticeships can also be attained via the post-secondary institution)
  • Completing the associated certification exams per area of specialization

Individuals seeking a welding apprenticeship, especially those who do not have access to such opportunities through the post-secondary route, may find it beneficial to align their efforts with a professional staffing/placement agency such as Winters Technical Staffing.  For over 40 years, Winters Technical Staffing has specialized in identifying and providing talent for the manufacturing sector, particularly the industries mentioned previously for which welders can be in high demand.

By collaborating with the placement specialists from Winters Technical Staffing, welding candidates will have access to:

  • Established working relationships with companies in many applicable industries
  • Information on a range of potential apprenticeships/employment opportunities
  • Job postings for employers in the local Toronto area as well as out-of-province
  • Job opportunities that may best align with their specific area of interest or skill
  • Employment options that may not otherwise be advertised to the general public

Contact Winters Today

Looking for professional support to help launch your career in the welding trade?  Call Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists about the steps you need to take to make your ambition a reality.