When it comes to being a welding consultant, there are very little restrictions. It comes down to whether you have some knowledge and experience that somebody is prepared to pay for. In general, if you can solve somebody's problems and thereby make their operations more profitable, then you have the potential to be a consultant.
are welding consultants that offer their welding engineering / welding
technologist expertise to clients on an “ad-hoc” basis. This is probably the
simplest transition to make when going into the welding consultant business.
are however also very experienced “hands-on” Welders that become consultants by
helping clients to set-up and execute projects well. A typical example would be
an experienced Welder / Welder supervisor from the pipeline industry that helps
a contractor set up the necessary systems and hire the best personnel on a new
cross country pipeline project.
fact, any niche area of welding that you can think of, would offer the
opportunity for you to be a consultant. All you need, is to have enough
knowledge and experience to help a client get better outcomes. Obviously, the
bigger the potential risk involved, the greater the potential for the
consultant. It would be difficult to justify to a client to pay you $200 per
hour to solve a $100 problem, but much easier to justify your $200 per hour fee
when you are solving a potential $100M problem.
to the many possible niche fields of welding consulting, it is not possible to
describe typical roles. You can however look at the different roles within the
different welding career jobs discussed on this site to get an idea of what
your role could potentially be.
to keep firmly in mind when moving into the welding consulting field (or any
consulting field for that matter) is that your work typically comes from people
you already know, or other “word of mouth” sources. If you have not spent a
long time in an industry, and you do not have a lot of contacts, then it will
be almost impossible to set yourself up as a consultant. It is therefore very
important to make sure that you build up this network of contacts before you
decide to “go it alone”. For this reason, the welding consulting business is largely
made up of highly experienced (older) or even semi-retired professionals.
all welding consultants are sole operators. You can always join an existing
consulting business if you want to get into this field. This has its own
advantages and disadvantages, which would depend largely on your working
relationship and agreement with your consulting company employer.