Welding Educator

Welding Educators - also known as welding instructors, trainers, or teachers - educate students in the theories and practical methods of welding. Welding educators use their conceptual and practical understanding of welding and welding instruction in order teach a wide range of welding knowledge and skills, including, but not limited to: welding techniques, positioning, fit-up, equipment set-up, welding theory, metallurgy and weldability of metals, print reading, utilizing welding codes and standards, and even inspection of welds.


Develop new curricula, course content, and methods of welding instruction.

Prepare and maintain attendance rosters, student grades, book orders, and welding shop.

Participate in task forces designed to promote welding and welding education.

Attend seminars, conferences, and courses to keep abreast of developments in the field.

Collaborate with administration, faculty, and community.

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, engineering technology, etc.

Advanced Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, vocational education, etc.

Preferred Education

Bachelor’s degree in welding, vocational education, welding engineering, etc.

Recommended Training

Related welding work experience

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program

Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder, AWS Certified Welding Educator, AWS Certified Welding Inspector

Advanced Certification

State or national teaching requirement

Organized and detail oriented.

Proficient computer skills and adaptable to emerging technologies.

Highly motivated, self-directed, and strong leader.

Effective written and verbal communicator to student and industry audiences.

Knowledgeable of weld discontinuities, materials, weldability characteristics, and filler metals.

Welding educators primarily work in the classroom and shop environment. Travel may be minimal or extensive given the nature of the work.