A welding instructor is a teacher and trainer who specializes in teaching welding techniques and proper procedures for joining metals. They typically work in technical or trade school programs to provide training to prospective metalworkers, pipe-fitters, machinists, and other skilled laborers who need a proper foundation in welding work for their careers. Welding instructors also offer basics and background information regarding metallurgy, including some basic physics about how welding can be affected by a range of factors.
Welding instructors generally work in a hands-on manner with small classes in a metal shop environment and demonstrate and teach techniques from simple brazing and soldering to spot welding and steel, iron, and aluminum joining techniques. Throughout the teaching, the instructor will explain the joining alloys used in welding and which jobs they apply to best, and will also demonstrate good and bad welds and show classes how to test welded joints for safety and sturdiness. They may also provide instruction regarding various job site problems that may arise and the effects that weather can have on welding work.
Most welding instructors are professionals in the field with background experience from a college or technical school. They typically have extensive practical experience in contracting and construction work and are expected to apply their experience to their classroom teaching. Welding instructors may offer as much one-on-one instruction as possible within the confines of the class environment and arrange for every student to spend plenty of time in practical welding work to demonstrate the techniques they have been taught. Most welding instructors work in a metal shop environment within a trade school campus during regular school hours.