Some aerospace Welders do a lot of welding with more automated systems such as LAZER welding, electron beam welding and friction stir welding. It is not the intention of this web page to delve into those types of automated processes, as they are more equipment driven that skill driven. Having said that, if you do want to get a job as an aerospace Welder, and you get the opportunity to learn how to operate those kinds of equipment, then do jump at the opportunity.
being a Welder in the aerospace industry is about knowing how to weld the
materials that they use, and also being able to meet their quality
requirements. These quality requirements being not only in the quality of the
weld deposits, but also in the quality of the record keeping. For this reason,
high levels of literacy and numeracy is very important when working in this
types of material that you as an aerospace Welder will need to weld can be
rather diverse. Depending on the particular industry segment you are in, you
may find that you spend more time welding a specific type of material. None the
less, the typical metallic materials used in the aerospace industry that may
require welding are:
an aerospace Welder, the main emphasis is on precision and quality. The welding
processes associated with high deposition rates generally do not feature.
Instead, the processes used, allow precision and need to be operated at a very
high level of skill to ensure welds with extremely low levels of
discontinuities are produced. As stated earlier, there will be a number of
machine processes operated by larger manufacturing facilities (e.g. LASER,
Electron Beam, Friction Stir Welding) but we will not be considering these.
Rather we will be looking at the "skill based" processes. These are:
at the typical materials welded and the welding processes typically used by
aerospace Welders, it may appear that this is an easy job, but only those with
the right temperament for perfection will typically make it in this industry.
Also, as previously mentioned, when doing welding in the large aerospace fabrication companies, a lot of the welding is automated. When moving into this industry sector, be prepared for a combination of high precision, automation and regulation as seen through lots of paperwork!