Sign up for a welding apprenticeship by contacting a local ironworkers union that offers a certified apprenticeship program, or by applying for entry-level welding positions at a shipbuilding company. Using a job-hunting site, such as Indeed.com, can also be helping in finding apprenticeship opportunities. Another option is to check for a state apprenticeship organization and find out if it works with any welding groups.Continue Reading
Ironworkers.org is the official website for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, which maintains the AWS National Welding Certification Program at many of its local chapters. The site includes a page that lists all chapters currently maintaining official certification for welding apprenticeship as well as training in other disciplines of the field, with application processes varying between union chapters.
Some shipbuilding companies, such as BAE Systems, offer welding and ironworking training for qualifying applicants at its yards. Similarly, many other major ship builders maintain training and apprenticeship programs, such as the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprenticeship School. Participating in these programs may require submitting a job application or enrollment application, attending an interview or meeting other criteria.
Indeed.com offers a search tool that allows you to check for apprenticeship jobs and entry-level welding positions in different cities and states. Some states, such as California, maintain an organization for managing different apprenticeship programs with skilled labor trades. These organizations often include contact information for official apprenticeship locations in that state, which often require an application and proof-of-competency interview.Learn more about Careers