Welding Careers in the Military

Welding in the armyWith America’s military heavily engaged overseas, there is a definite demand for skilled trades in  all four branches of the Military, particularly for welders. And best of all, the military will not only provide you with top-notch training and education, they will also put you to work on real-world projects that will help you gain practical experience in the welding trade.

Once you fulfill your military commitment, you’ll emerge with a high quality welding education, and the on-the-job training you need to land a great civilian job, and launch your welding career. In many cases, the welding specialization to which you are assigned as part of your duty service (fabricating parts, automobile repair, building ships, etc…) will put you ahead of the game in the civilian world, by giving you the practical experience necessary to pursue a particular career track in the welding industry.

Welding Jobs by Military Branch


Army welders are called upon to work in machine and repair shops, in addition to performing on-site construction and repair work in the field.

Machine and repair shops fabricate parts and make repairs for tanks, jeeps and other vehicles and equipment. In some cases, Army welders are called upon to make equipment and vehicle repairs in the field, as well as working on bridges and other construction projects, and structural repairs.


Many, regardless of their branch affiliations, consider the Navy to be the premier training ground for welders. The other three branches send most enlisted welding students to a welding school at the Aberdeen ordinance proving ground in Maryland. The Navy, however, has it’s own welding school in the shipyards of Norfolk Virginia.

Hull Technician is one of the most commonly sought after welding positions, providing welders with the best training and practical experience the military has to offer.

Similar to Army welders, Navy welders also work in machine and repair shops, fabricating parts and performing repairs and maintenance in the field.

Air Force:

In addition to all of the tasks performed by Army welders, Air Force welders also work on aircraft. With the sophisticated nature of many of today’s aircraft, however, there is less aircraft related work than you might think. Often, parts are simply replaced instead of repaired, and certain, highly critical, projects are farmed out to civilian repair shops staffed by specialized technicians.


The Marines are the smallest and most combat focused of the US Military’s four branches of service. In comparison to the other branches, the Marines have a significantly smaller number of individuals involved in skilled trades. Referred to as Military Occupational Specialization (MOS), Marines who are assigned to a welding MOS may end up working with another branch, depending on their particular deployment, and therefore experience a full range of welding projects, potentially learning the specializations unique to each branch.

Starting off your welding career in the military can be a great way to go for many prospective welders, because you not only receive excellent training, free of charge, but your welding knowledge and savvy grows due to several years of practical, on-the-job experience. And this combination of education and practical experience can help you secure a great welding job once you complete your military commitment.

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24 thoughts on “Welding Careers in the Military”

  1. Justin Whitford says:

    I would like to join the army as an apprentice welder. I was not sure how to apply.

  2. Henry says:

    i would like to join the us millitary to weld this website doesnt help.

  3. Baker's says:

    The following sites may offer more information and resources to help you in your research. After making the decision to join the Military as a welder, you will probably want to talk to a recruiter. Good luck!

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  4. Laura says:

    Is it at all common for femal welders to join the military? I’ve done 3 years of welding in high school, and a year of college, however college didn’t help one bit… as i was only in the shop 3 hours a week… i did more welding in high school then i did college, so i am very interested in joining the military, please let me know

  5. ed says:

    Hi Laura, from what we’ve found the military observes all of the same legal requirements regarding discrimination that any employer would observe. I personally know a woman who served on the repair crew for helicopters, so it’s likely that you should be able to serve as a welder in the military. However, the main challenge will be finding a base that is looking for welders. According to the Army’s website, they cannot guarantee a precise career match. However, we have found specific welder posting on Indeed that are for military positions. You’ll probably have the most luck looking into a Navy position in a port city in either Virginia or along the Gulf coast. That seems to be where most of the Indeed job listings for military welders are concentrated of late. I also found this listing at the Army’s website: http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/mechanics/allied-trade-specialist.html.
    Also, don’t overlook the opportunities for job training in the Dakotas and Wisconsin! Keep an eye on our welding news round ups for more information about that. We post two news round ups each month, and there’s almost always an article about an employer offering training for new welders.

    1. Laura ott says:

      What is i Dakota or Wisconsin tha you mentioned.

  6. nathan pettijohn says:

    im ready for any welding job but i still want to be in the marines

    1. Owen says:

      Nice future dude!! I hope you do well in the marines!!

  7. Luke says:

    Hi I have got my level 3 welding NVQ qualification from college and I was wondering if I would be able to join the military on an apprentiship course. Any information much appreciated.

  8. Mojalefa Moholo says:

    Greetings I have a welding red seal and I would like to know the steps on how to become a military welder.

    1. Jacob O'Leary says:

      Go over to goarmy.com and contact a recruiter for all the information that you need

  9. Kim Flaherty says:

    My son is interested in military service. He is only 14 so his specific skill pursuits may change. However, at this point he is interested in welding and has a love of scuba diving. He will be taking 3 years of welding while in highschool as well as Navy JROTC. I noticed a sight exam for Navy divers. He does wear corrective lenses. Is the exam just to have vision corrected to 20/20 or does requiring corrective lenses exclude him from diving careers in the military? Also, if he begins in welding or diving will there be opportunities for officer training. Trying to offer my son informed guidance.

  10. John Sanders says:

    I’m a USA skills welding fabriacation state champion. Been studying and working in the welding field for about 4&1/2 years. Been considering the military for a while, and want to get started on finding out which field I would be best suited in.

    1. Dawson Morris says:

      Hello John Sanders,
      As I have read you are a skills USA welding fabrication state champion. I myself is participating in skills USA, I’m not sure if I would be much help with your search in which military field you would best be suited for. I do have a few questions on skills as I am not nearly qualified but I am quite curious and would like some guidance. If you could get back to me that would be great if not have a great day and good luck with making your decision on which field.

  11. Owen says:

    I would like to know if there is anybody, who would like to offer a job, and how to get information about Military careers, and like, what website I can go on to found the info out. Thank you!!!

  12. Anthony Beamon says:

    I would like to assist the military and there welding projects as a civilian. I’m a union Boilermaker a 15 years certified in many welding processes with experience rigging and building structural steel crane operations fabrication. Knowledge of blueprints and working from blueprints. and mechanically inclined.. I have a lot of spare time in the year that I could fill in assisting on projects.

  13. Jeremy Speelman says:

    I would love the opportunity to help out our Armed Forces by welding on equipment they use. I am skilled and certified in different aspects of welding. Would love information on how I can accomplish this. Thanks and God bless to our service men and women.

  14. jacob says:

    HI my name Jacob i am very interested in welding and have a few question. anyone wanna answer them?

  15. Ryan says:

    Let me clairify A LOT of things that I see in the comment section.

    First: It does NOT matter what your previous welding experience is. It does not matter if you are a skilled master welder or you have never touched a welding machine in your life, your ability, chances, and process of getting a welding job will be exactly identical in every way.

    Secondly: There are not any just “welding” jobs in the military. Welding will just be one of the many tasks of your daily job. You might not weld a single thing for a few months-a couple weeks- or a daily basis. There is simply nothing that needs to be welded in the military on a basis that requires a full time job. Every single aspect of each branches operations are divided into small specific sectors that are independent of one another. The military does not do any manufacturing(ships are built by ship makers, planes are made by aircraft companies, vehicles are made by automakers) the closest thing is civil construction & engeering. So virtually every welding need of a branch that requires a service member and not a contrctor, is going to be repair/maintenance work, and it will be done by someone who is responsible for all the other repair work not just the welding. So for example the welding that needs to be done on a vehicle is going to be done by a vehicle mechanic who does everything else a ground vehicle needs a mechanic for such as oil changes even . The welding that needs to be done on a ship is going to be done by the same person who repairs the rest of the “hard systems” like plumbing, ventilation & sanitation systems and also does any machining needs of the ship.
    Military careers are not task specific, they are spectrum/field specific, that’s why you won’t be a full time “welder” becuse Welding is a task that is used in a wide spectrum of different fields.

    But this is an extremely good thing! Not only will you go to “school” and learn all aspects of welding, but you will learn all aspect of every task of your field. So instead of just a “welder” you are 5 times more and that makes you 5 times more qualified for jobs when you get out

    1. Lehua says:

      Thanks for that! That really put things into perspective. 🙂

  16. Austin A Reynolds says:

    I was in rotc in high school but i left my sophmore year high school was boreing ever since I was in weldong all 4 years and trade school right now I’m at a job I dont like at all tbh in a Fab shop and ive always wondered what itd be like to weld in the military ive always regretted going away from rotc and not joining I’m 21 now and out of shape but still thinking about it

  17. freddy says:

    I want to go to the military to do welding u think u can help me.

  18. Lehua says:

    I’m a senior in high school at the moment. I’ve taken 2 years of welding & I’m interested in becoming a military welder. But, I’m not quite sure where to start. For example, are certain skills required or will I be trained by the military?

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