Day 113/365 of Steel – Ode To The Welder!

Today, we are going to talk about people who are all too often forgotten when we talk about those wonderful steel constructions.
Of course, you need a client who is all about steel. And you will not get anywhere without an architect who makes the design sketches, or without an engineer who ensures that the design can actually be built. But once the drawings are made by the drawing office, the next step begins: the production and welding of all that steelwork.

The welder is welding steel profiles
Fig 1: The welder is welding steel profiles
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Building with steel is precision work, we are talking about tolerances in millimeters and not in centimeters as with concrete. Of course, steel builders have a whole range of machinery at their disposal that allows them to cut, punch, bend, etc. with extreme precision. And for serial work, welding robots can do the job. But nothing beats an experienced welder who knows his trade.

Once the welding process has started, a welder needs to be very concentrated in order to obtain and maintain a good weld pool and avoid weld defects. Most welding processes require great skill in terms of dexterity, accuracy and quality awareness.

Fillet Weld
Fig 2: Fillet Weld
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As a career path, welding is a secure, well paying, and expanding industry for anyone to get into. Welders are needed everywhere. From cars and trucks to bridges and buildings, welding is an essential and often overlooked aspect of automotive, technological, construction, and other projects.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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