Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Description 2013 Jobs 2016 Jobs
Median Pay
Low Pay
High Pay
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 22,323 24,169 $18.34 $12.08 $29.24
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,671 1,800 $16.75 $11.72 $23.39

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included.
Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2013.4 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

Programs of Study

  • Associate of Applied Science, Welding Technology – WE2
  • Certificate of Completion, Welding Technology – WE1
  • Certificate of Completion, Welding Inspection Technology – WI1

General Requirements

Post-secondary vocational training: Occupations at this level generally require completion of vocational school training. Some programs last only a few weeks while others may last more than a year. In some occupations, a license is needed that requires passing an examination after completion of the training. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)