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Welder Helper

Welder Helper Career Paths in NJ and PA

A welder’s primary duties involve joining metal parts together to create products or goods. Depending on the job, welders may require assistance to ensure a project is done correctly and safely. Welder helpers assist welding professionals when needed. They play a crucial role in the welding process, making this unique role quite rewarding. 

To attain the proper qualifications to pursue this position, individuals must seek specialized schooling and training. Those interested can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge when they enroll in the welding program offered at Pennco Tech. Offered exclusively at our Bristol, PA, campus, our welding program gives students the knowledge and competency they need to begin their quest toward different careers in this industry, including welder helper. Find out more about welding assistants, their responsibilities, and possible career options.

What Does a Welder Helper Do?

What is a welder helper? Much like the name suggests, a welder helper’s main responsibility is to assist welding professionals with their daily duties. They can offer their support in a variety of ways, including maintaining tools and equipment, as well as ensuring a clean and organized work environment. Other responsibilities of a welder helper include: 

  • Assisting welders in setting up rigs and moving them between work areas when needed 
  • Making sure welders have appropriate materials and tools readily available, such as rods and grinding discs 
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Operating various tools and types of equipment at the direction of the welding professional 
  • Identifying safety risks and hazards, and complying with relevant safety procedures and regulations
  • Maintaining stock levels of materials and supplies in preparation for a project 
  • Following welders’ instructions to adjust welding machine temperatures
  • Retaining knowledge of various types of metal

Different Career Paths for Welder Helpers to Explore

From exposing individuals to the many aspects of the welding industry to opening doors to potential advancement, the role provides professionals with many advantages. One of the benefits of welding assistant jobs is the numerous career paths available. With their advanced training and experience on the job, welder helpers can consider an array of open positions to forge a career path that aligns with their personal preferences. Potential career opportunities for a welder helper include:


As a welding assistant, a natural progression in your career would be to become a certified welding professional. In your role as a welder helper, you will see firsthand what it takes to be a welder, learning from a certified professional. You will get a good sense of what the position involves, allowing you to better determine whether it is the right career path for you.


Welding Foreman

After a welder helper gains quality field experience, they could then choose to become a welding foreman. In this role, you will be asked to plan, coordinate, schedule, supervise, and occasionally participate in the work of journeyman welders. A welding foreman is also in charge of inspecting work in progress, making certain it complies with specifications, quality, and safety standards — all while adhering to trade regulations.


Field Technician

Perhaps as a welder helper, you have found that being confined to a single workspace conflicts with your personality or professional goals. If this is the case, a field technician can be an attractive career move.

As a field technician, you will respond to customer requests and travel to the location of the client to install equipment, repair or install machinery, or conduct necessary maintenance services. In addition, you will be asked to advise and educate customers on how to correctly handle and look after their machines and create healthy professional relationships.

Acquire Necessary Skills for Your Desired Trade at Pennco Tech

Individuals interested in launching their careers as welder helpers must first learn the necessary skills of the trade. This can be accomplished by enrolling in the welding program offered at Pennco Tech’s Bristol, PA, campus. Students will be led by dedicated instructors, learning the required knowledge from a career-oriented curriculum that covers a variety of topics. 

Additionally, our welding program includes OSHA safety training, which explores the potential dangers of the job and helps students plan to avoid these potential risks. Contact us today to learn more about our welding program and other trade programs available at Pennco Tech.

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