Welding: A Career with a Long History
May 25, 2018
May 25, 2018
The practice of welding can be traced back to ancient times. Some of the earliest examples of welding are gold boxes and ornaments from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Egyptians utilized a form of welding to create their iron tools. In India, the Iron Pillar of Delhi was created around 310 AD utilizing then-current welding techniques. The specific composition of metals in the pillar has rendered it rust-resistant and it still stands today as a great example of the welders’ skill and craftsmanship.
Throughout the Middle Ages the process of forge welding more closely resembled what we would today call “blacksmith”. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the craft began to evolve into what we today recognize as modern welding.
In the U.S. during World War II, millions were called into military service. This left many important fabrication and manufacturing roles vacant. Women as young as eighteen were working as welders in shipyards and in the aircraft industry as part of the war effort. They proved to be a capable and skilled workforce in what had been a male-dominated industry. TIG welding was the preferred method for aircraft parts, while stick welding was used in building many warships.
There are many types of welding processes. A variety of factors will determine which process is used. Below is a list of the main welding processes that are typically employed:
Some newer welding developments include friction welding and laser welding.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026.
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