It’s clear to see that a career in welding isn’t for the faint hearted. With flying sparks and glowing molten metals only inches from their faces, welders have more than earned their own month of recognition. Welding is a contracted trade that every industry relies upon to build itself up and keep from falling apart at the seams. It functions as the so-to-speak ‘glue’ that holds everything firmly in place – and by glue we mean the molecular fusion of the most resilient materials on the earth.
Here are 10 facts you didn’t know about one of the nation’s toughest trade:
– Over 50% of U.S. products require welding.
– Welding tools and Hieroglyphic depictions of welders have been found in long-sealed Egyptian tombs dating the trade back to at least 3,500 B.C.
– A career in welding doesn’t require a college degree.
– Highly skilled welders can make six figure salaries comparable to doctors and lawyers.
– The deepest underwater dry weld was done at the depth of 1,075 ft.
– The deepest underwater wet weld was done at the depth of 2,000ft.
– Welding temperatures can reach as high as 5000 °C, at which point the un-oxidized metal will fill the space and bonds metals together.
– In space, uncoated metals fuse together immediately upon contact.
– Explosion welding is a rapid and advanced technique that can bond two dissimilar metals while retaining the mechanical, electrical and corrosion properties of both.
– It’s not uncommon for welders to work overtime up to 70 hours per week. Some even work in 12-hour shifts.
Know a welder? Celebrate them and everything they do during National Welding Month with tech accessories as tough as they are. Browse ToughTested’s selection of durable jobsite smartphone accessories.