Career Details

Welder (Structural, Shipbuilding)


Career Overview

A structural welder generally works with metal to put together a framework for some type of structure. Mike, the welder featured in the video, works on the frame of a boat.


Completing a trade school program or a two-year college program in welding technology is likely required to obtain this position. Some larger organizations provide their own training programs to teach welding to new employees.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. It is very important to keep up with the latest changes in your industry, so be ready for on-going training once you enter the workforce!

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Work Environment

A structural welder may have to work in uncomfortable environments at times. At times, welding in very tight spaces may be necessary. Being in good physical condition is definitely a don't cancel that gym membership!


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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