CAREER PATHS

Welding

Harness the power of your craftsmanship to fortify formidable vessels and usher in a new era of U.S. defense machinery.

What is welding?

Welding unites various materials, such as metal or thermoplastic, by skillfully melting and fusing them together using energy sources ranging from gas flames and electric arcs to precise lasers and powerful electron beams.

This plays an integral role in defense manufacturing and offers numerous benefits:

Ensuring strength and structural integrity

It allows the creation of strong, durable joints between components that can withstand challenging conditions, including high water pressure and dynamic forces.

Enabling weight efficiency

It eliminates the need for mechanical fasteners, such as bolts and rivets, by creating connections that distribute loads without fasteners, reducing potential failure points.

Creating watertight seals

It plays a crucial role in ensuring resilience against harsh environmental factors, such as water ingress. It requires working with both thick and thin materials by using craftsman-like technique, alignment and a delicate touch.

Offering flexible designs

Welding allows the joining of complex shapes and structures and enables the creation of customized and precisely fitted components.

Providing quality control

Welding can be closely monitored and controlled to ensure high-quality welds using non-destructive testing methods, such as ultrasonic testing and X-ray inspection, to detect defects, ensuring that they meet the stringent quality standards required for defense construction.

Saving money

It is a cost-effective building method that eliminates the need for additional fasteners, simplifies the assembly process, requires minimal maintenance over the life of a machine, and reduces labor and material costs.

Sparks flying from a welding torch next to a submarine.
A person welding with sparks flying around them
Portrait of a welder standing inside the body of a submarine being constructed.
Sparks flying from a welding torch next to a submarine.

Build unbreakable bonds

Your expertise as a welder is integral to the strength and resilience of U.S. defense structures. The sturdy bonds you create ensure the safety and durability of critical defense assets.

Picture this: A submarine engages in a high-speed underwater maneuver, subjecting its structure to extreme forces. Thanks in part to your precise welding, the submarine maintains its structural integrity, enabling the captain to execute every movement with confidence and precision.

The components you fabricate in your career contribute to the reliability and effectiveness of military defense machinery, safeguarding personnel and critical missions.

The welders are who put it together. We make sure that that submarine is watertight so that when our people go out there our welds are going to keep them safe.”

Alora
Welder, ATDM

Is welding right for you?

Do you enjoy seeing things come together from pieces to parts? Want to join the legacy of one of the longest-standing careers in history where you can use your hands and your out-of-the-box thinking to build the next generation of military machinery?

Welding may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Spark innovation

Wield the power of your torch

Forge the future of submarine manufacturing

Forge a new career

You are a master of metal who thrives under heat. Your welding hood is an extension of you, and you’re known for having the smoothest joints around.

Whether you're shaping railway tracks or crafting custom furniture, your skills hold immense potential in shaping the future of military defense.

Discover how your expertise can propel you into a rewarding career within the defense manufacturing sector.

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