Working with metal very quickly became one of the most lucrative and important jobs that humankind ever invented. From the days when we crafted bronze tools and weapons to nowadays where we erect steel superstructures and create even more tools, the proper working of metal has played an integral role in society. It’s no surprise that there are jobs out there for people who still feel in touch with those most crucial of human resources. You might not be using a hammer and tongs, but if you have an interest in metalworking, there are still careers for you.
Welding is dangerous work and that’s why it requires certification in most work environments. If you’ve got your certificate from the Welder’s Institute and gained experience in the field from past employment, then you might already have all the skills you need to strike off on your own. Welding is used across all kinds of fields, from robotics to engineering. However, developing the skill also allows you to branch out into other careers such as inspection and education in the field of welding. Of course, if metalworking is your thing, then you will want to be involved in the actual process itself. Just be aware of all the demands such as insurance cover, safety gear, and the tools themselves that take some investment.
If you prefer working in a tradesperson sort of environment, then you might like the scale of big projects that ironworking can provide. Most ironworkers work in conjunction with other businesses, subcontracting under the larger general contractor. Sub-contracting are standing your own team requires a lot more from you as a business owner and not just a self-employed person. For one, you have to get used to the maintenance and replacement of some intricate hydraulic tools which will require not only training on the use of them but a knowledge of parts like fuel lines and fittings. As you’ll be working in large construction sites, you also have to be aware of the many risks of ironworking. Not just in handling the tools, but dealing with safety issues like working in adverse weather and on busy sites with tripping and falling hazards.
It might not sound quite as hands-on as the other tasks mentioned but it’s important to recognise the movements of technology in a field like metal-working. Not all of it is done with human hands just yet. Even automating metal work takes a lot of human input, however. In particular, you might think about working with CNC machining tools. To that end, you’re dealing with computer-controlled tools, but learning how to program their instructions and operate them or how to maintain them could earn you a place in the manufacturers most up-to-date. As a rule, those who evolve with the times and work with the most relevant tools have a lot more chance of staying in business.
Most metalwork now is done for or with larger manufacturer companies. However, if you don’t feel like working as an employee with some very marketable skills, you can make a service out of contracting those same skills as well.