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If you like to stay active and work with your hands, then welding may be the right career path for you. Learning to weld could land you a job in one of the several manufacturing industries that the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes have the highest levels of employment in this occupation: 


  • architectural or structural metals manufacturing
  • agricultural, construction and mining machinery manufacturing
  • motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing
  • manufacturing of general purpose machinery


If you plan on working in any of these industries, you will probably benefit from receiving training in MIG welding, which is commonly used in many of these industries.


 
MIG Welding 

Developed in the 1940s, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding was originally called Gas Metal Arc (GMA) welding, also known as GMAW. This type of welding requires a shielding gas, and the most commonly used gases are argon, carbon dioxide and helium. As the infographic illustrates, the percentage of each one to use in your shielding gas mixture will depend on the metals that are being welded. MIG welding is a semi-automated process, meaning that the welder relies on a MIG welding machine to continuously fill the joint that is being welded.


Benefits of MIG Welding


Given that MIG welding can be used on almost any metal, it has widespread applications, especially in manufacturing and fabrication. The best results are reached when the MIG welding machine is used on the following metals: carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Three other benefits of MIG welding are that it is fast, cost efficient and does not require a high level of advanced welding skills.