To become a WELDING-TEACHER WELDING-INSTRUCTOR WELDING-EDUCATOR, you should first be highly skilled, knowledgeable, qualified, experienced and competent in the field of welding. In order to instruct or teach this craft to others, your background in the field of welding should be, thorough and comprehensive.

Dependent upon the type of welder training program or educational institution, the qualifications or requirements for any given welding-teacher position may vary widely; this may range from a GED to a masters degree. Most likely you will need to produce or obtain proof of your competency or qualifications in two areas: academic and industrial. As a skilled welder, many institutions will hire you on an interim or contingency basis; they will specify what credentials you must possess or acquire and in what time frame you must acquire them; these credentials may be AWS CWI-CWE, NOCTI, NCCER, along with any other required academic or industrial certifications / credentials.

AWS Standard for Certification of Welding Educators AWS QC5-91

Specification for the Qualification of Welding Educators AWS B5.5:2000

PA. STATE - Vocational Instructional Certification

However, this does not guarantee that you will possess the skills necessary to be successful at teaching, but it should provide a good start. Teaching competencies may be complicated and may be aquired and developed over time. As with most skills, "experience is a formidable factor". However in my opinion, the key to becoming a successful teacher remains a mystery.

As an intern. Some elements to consider in the acclamation and adjustment to teaching are: The teaching enviroment, The subject matter,The student demographics, The available resources, supports & services, The projected expectations or outcomes for the program. Each of the above may raise barriers that can severely impact on the abilitiy and effectiveness of a teachers success.

There is resource material and programs designed to develop teaching skills; In many cases this is recommended or most often required by the employer.

Getting Started

Develop a Resume' / Portfolio  

1. When, where, why, did you choose The Science and Art of Welding

2. Educational training history (when, where, how did you learn welding )

3. Post training experience, work history / job titles / military / trade union

4. Qualifications, Certifications, Welding Credentials, Awards

5. Accomplishments, acheivements, recognitions ( Continueing Adult Education )

6. Teaching skills: siminars, recommendations, programs, certificates.

7. Community, Hobbies, Recreation, Social, Memberships

8. Other items / instraments of accomplishments or attainments. Example: 1 - 2

9. Mission Statement, Objectives, Goals, Philosophy

Advice: do not Exaggerate - Distort - or Lie on a written applicaton or resume'.

Getting the job or position as a welding teacher

Given that you are highly skilled and qualified in the field of welding, accompanied by the ability to teach, I can only suggest that you " Network, Classified Adds, Go onLine to job finding web sites, Advertise on your own." Always be prepared to submit your resume', present your portfolio, take and pass any necessary competency tests, exams, and/or produce or obtain any required or specified valid credentials...

Identify, locate, find a teaching position whenever one becomes available

Be well prepared to apply for that position ( finding, applying for and landing a good job is an Art in itself )

 Finding a Job Tips on finding a Job Teaching Tips

Good Luck, { Preparation meeting Opportunity }


What is a Weldor?

WELDOR Vs WELDER {simplified}

WELDER: A welding machine or equipment that is used to perform welding.

WELDOR: A person that performs welding or operates a welding machine / welder.

The term

WELDOR vs Welder

serves to clarify the difference between the

MAN (weldor) or the Machine (welder)

What is a Weldor?

  • I can best explain this by using music as an analogy. If one says they are a musician, that would then only serve to raise more specific questions; "what instrament or instrumentents do you play? what type of music do you play? How accomplished are you?" the musician could say " I taught myself to play and now play second trombone for the Salvation Army Band;" or he/she might say " I took formal lessons as a child, I later studied at Juilliard and Curtis, I am now first chair for the Boston Symphony."
  • With welding you might ask? "what kind or type of welding do you do? How experienced / qualified are you?" The answer could be " I taught myself by tinkering with the stick welder on my Dad's chicken ranch; I now build Bar BQ grills, wrought iron gates and railings in my garage." or the person might say, " I learned to weld at a Vo-Tech High School, I completed a two year trade apprenticeship program, I passed a series of welder operator qualifications in several different processes, I now perform X-ray quality work for one of the worlds leading defense contractors.
  • These scenarios illustrate that there is no concrete deffinition of the learning experience, competency or skill level of the individual.
    • WELDOR
      • Someone that is gainfully employed, knowledgeable and skilled at applying the elements of the "Science and art of Welding." Usually has had formal - intensive - hands on - on the job training.



To my knowledge, the term or title " master welder" is in no way an official title. There is no universally recognized organization, authority or agency that justifies or bestows this title. There in no universally accepted definition or description of a "master welder." The title is not something that is earned over a period of time, through a concrete or specific set of tasks, compotencies or skill-set completion. The term is most often just a matter of who calls himself or is referred to as a "master welder" and why? and who recognizes the title and why?

The term "master" should not be confused or assimilated with " Certified - Registered - Licensed - Insured or Qualified. These terms can usually be validated by: Organizations - Agencies - Professional Societies - Unions - Companies - Institutions, Local, State & Federal Governments and so forth, wherein the individual usually is tested, examined or trained to meet critical, specified criteria that in some cases may even possess legal ramifications.

However, some employers may advertise for the position of " master welder," each with their own version or job description of what they believe a master welder should be. The job description is probably written by a human resources person with limited or no knowledge of the welding industry, so the description is probably fabricated or fantasized to the employers imagination.

Also, there are more and more welder training schools that now offer a master welder's certificate, usually a 30 credit semseter hour certificate program, titled "master welder". I am not sure if the syllabi or curricula is consistent across these schools. However, the training is less than a year to complete. *

As illustrated above, it is ambiguous as to who can be declared a "master welder" and why; even someone with less than a year of training and no experience can be declared a "certified master welder.

Now, after saying all of this, there is now a new term saturating the internet & cyber space; something called a "certified! master welder." with claims that they can easily earn over "One hundred thousand US dollars per year!"

After well over fifty years of direct welding experience, I would declare this information highly deceptive, misleading, if not even a hoax, in that it raises more questions than can be reasonably or sensibly answered.

Finally, in support of my perspective on this topic, I visited: O*Net Online - The Dictionary of Occupational Titles, - The Occupational Outlook Handbook, - The American Welding Society and many other top non-profit welding related websites and best seller welding textbooks; To date: { MMX - C.E. } I could not find even mention of the term "master welder / certified master welder" let alone a definition, description or picture of one. But, however, I am sure that this will change.

Good Luck,


 Are you a "Certified Welder?" this question is obscure, encumbered, complicated and complex; it raises more questions than it answers. A simple answer of "Yes," or "no," can not accurately define a weldors competency, capabilities or qualifications in performing many given welding operation.

In fact the question can not be accurately answered without the explination or definition of "Welder Certification. "Basiclly a welder certification is an instrument to ensure the integrity and favorable outcome of a welding operation (this is usually driven by an array or matrix of written documentation.)

Any welder Certification must be examined on a case by case basis. A welder certification is not a universial document. Welder certifications usually starts with and is limited to a specific set of " welding process variables"designed to meet a distinct and /or unique application.

These limitations or variables are based on an array or matrix of specifics (specifications) and may include information such as: The welding process, the material to be welded, the size and shape of the material, the type and size of the filler material if needed, the type and amount shielding if applied, the weld type, joint geometry and weld position *, weld preparation, pre and post treatment, operator technique, how and to what extent or method the weld is inspected, tested or examined. These are just some of the factors included in the "weld / welder" certification process.

Another primary factor is the documentation or validation of a weld / welder certification. This is most often conducted under the authority of a responsible, cognizant entity such as a company, organization, Institution or independant testing agency. These entities usually accept, rely on, or depend upon proven scientific and engeering data developed in their own laboratories or data collected and provided by nationally recognized organizations and institutions that deals with "The Science and Art of Welding and is cognazant of the manufacture, construction, production or repair of welded objects and products.

There is no certificate w seal, wallet card or stamped credentials that can begin to simplify or identify the ramafications of certified welding. At best any referenced papers only serve to identify the set of given specifics or process variables that the particular weldor was tested to . They may include or illustrate which documentation was used, who conducted the testing and information about the maintenance and expieration of the document; this is all designed to meet and insure the integrity of a distinct or unique welding application.


basically, an individual that can produce creditable documentation of having passed a welding competency test of some kind.

A clear and relative question might be, " Do you currently hold or have you ever held any valid Welder Certification? " "What are the specifics of that certification"

Good Luck,


Welding Teacher MASTER WELDER