Becoming a Metal Fabricator Through Welding Training

If you live in anywhere near Pittsburgh and Erie, PA or even Cleveland OH, you are witnessing firsthand how each city’s urban development and city planning teams are changing the landscapes and waterfronts of the areas around you. Acres of unused shorelines, suffering neighborhoods, and aging commercial areas are being transformed and revitalized into multi-purpose communities attracting residents and businesses to build up the region’s economy. Sounds like a lesson in community planning and urban design, doesn’t it?
Truth is, while the concepts may derive from residents and city planners, it’s the architects, draftsman and metal fabricators that make it all happen! This month, PMI focuses on the importance of metal fabricators, the welding industry and why now is the perfect time to consider a career in the field of welding!
What Does a Metal Fabricator Do?
Metal fabricators typically work for construction and manufacturing companies, cutting, shaping, positioning and aligning different types of metal that will then be used for structural framework, heating and cooling systems, exterior walls, roofs and more. A lucrative field, nearly every industry requires someone with a metal fabrication skillset. Here are just a few things they help produce:

  • Power plants and energy production
  • Residential and commercial development
  • Agricultural and food processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitals
  • Mass transportation
  • Air transportation
  • Automotive
  • Pollution control
  • Amusement parks and recreation
    …the list goes on!

As a metal fabricator it’s important to receive formal welding training at an accredited school so you can learn a series of welding techniques, take courses on blueprint reading and most importantly, understand industry safety standards. Other skills include mathematics, computer literacy and mechanical skills. As of 2015, the average salary for a metal fabricator is around $40,000, but your income can increase depending on your location and your skill level.
At PMI, you can become certified in our Electric Arc Welding Program and be on your way to a solid career with a great income and plenty of room for advancement. Located just north of Erie, and less than two hours from Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA, our Meadville, PA location is looking for students like you! Call us and schedule a visit at 814-333-2415.

Best Places for Welders to Work. Hint: Pennsylvania and Ohio Make the Cut!

If you are working towards earning your welding certificate, you may be wondering which states have the most opportunity for Certified Welders. In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Statistics reported there were 397,900 welders, cutters, solderers and brazers working successful jobs across the United States. And with innovation and technology found at every corner, it took some digging to figure out which of the Nifty Fifty present the best job opportunities for welders. This month, PMI presents a list of the top five states for welding jobs. You’ll be happy to know; two of the five states might be our own backyards! Continue reading

Using Welding as a Creative Outlet

Finding a Creative Outlet in Welding

Some people have a misconception that welding is a simple and dry process. This is far from true. Schools like PMI in Meadville, PA show students immediately that welding is a very creative activity. It requires you to think abstractly to solve problems and complete jobs. You can find a creative outlet in welding for several reasons.

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Partnerships with the Precision Manufacturing Institute

Becoming a Partner with PMI

The Precision Manufacturing Institute, a school that is based in Meadville, PA, has always striven for the highest standards from itself and the students that learn there. Students from PMI have had access to some of the greatest opportunities for young people in the area. They have developed close partnerships with community colleges and two year institutions throughout the state.

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What is Arc Welding?

Interested in the Arc Welding Industry?

What is Arc Welding?

Arc welding is a technique in which metals are welded using heat generated by an electric arc. The technique is performed using either direct or alternating current (although direct current is preferred) and uses manual, semiautomatic or fully automated processes. Arc welding is used today for the fabrication of steel structures and vehicles.

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Are They Worth Their Weight

Getting What you can out of it

Manufacturing is a major industry, and many companies in this industry are thriving in the current environment. In major manufacturing companies, many of the employees as well as the executives are handsomely compensated. Some of these are employees who attended a manufacturing technical school receive a competitive salary, and others who have an executive level position receive great benefits like stock options, life insurance, health insurance and more. Because of how well-compensated some of these employees are, it begs the question of if they are worth their weight.

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