MIG welders are physical laborers that use a particular type of weld, known as a metal inert gas (MIG) weld, to permanently attach two substances together. Mig welders work in a wide variety of industries, including the oil and gas industry, aerospace engineering, manufacturing, and automotive engineering.
Because MIG welding is offered in many high school curricula, many individuals learn the trade as part of their optional course of study. However, some MIG welders receive their training at vocational or technical schools, wherein they receive a welding diploma that may qualify them to perform other types of industry-specific welding, such as fabrication welding or pipe fitting. MIG welders must be in above-average physical shape to meet the often-strenuous working conditions that accompany the job. For example, many MIG welders work in confined spaces, such as tunnels, and on high-rise platforms. MIG welders must also be able to perform basic mathematical computations and read blueprints to determine where the precise locations of their welds are to be performed.
MIG welders generally work as part of a welding team comprised of multiple welders working on one particular project; however, some MIG welders work independently. Once a job is completed, MIG welders often move to other job sites to begin new projects under the direction of their company's supervisor. While most MIG welders work as employees or contract laborers, some start their own companies and hire and manage other MIG welders to complete contracted tasks.
Mig Welder Tasks
- Join together metal pieces with welding machines that use the MIG process.
- Safely set up and operate welding machines and other shop equipment.
- Follow blueprints to arrange metal pieces and temporarily fix them into position before welding.
- Measure and cut metal pieces to blueprint specifications.