There has been no scientific exploration into exactly what personality types will make a successful welder. However, the Myers Briggs personality type of ISTP, or otherwise known as ‘the craftsperson’, is likely to be a successful welder. This is because these types are able to tackle problems in their immediate environment, with an innate mechanical ability and they enjoy building and fixing objects. ISTPs are typically very attentive to detail, independent, adaptable and self-directed, which are key skills for welder.
Accomplishment and mastery
As welders can learn advanced skills in a relatively short space of time during technical and on the job training, there is high skill accomplishment and mastery. After gaining experience in the occupation, welders may then have the opportunity to advance to become a supervisor, job superintendent, or estimator or to start their own business. This increases the amount of accomplishment and mastery.
Meaning and contribution
As welders have a unique set of skills that helps them to build many of the things that are essential for everyday life (cars, offices, homes, roads, bridges), there is a lot of meaning and contribution in their work.
Most welders work full time, and overtime is common. Many manufacturing firms have two or three 8- to 12-hour shifts each day, allowing the firm to continue production around the clock if needed. As a result, welders may work evenings and weekends.
Who will thrive in this career?
One of the most important things a welder can be is physically fit and strong. A key part of their work requires them to work in confined spaces, stand for long periods of time or lift heavy materials. In order to be able to do this, welders must show excellent stamina and health. Similarly, welders must be brave, as they often work with hazards.
Those who can work well as part of a team and communicate will with others are likely to thrive as welders, as they will often need to communicate with other construction workers and clients. Finally, the ability to pay attention to detail and work well under pressure will help you to thrive as a welder. This is because welders will need to follow blueprints and work to deadlines. As they are working with many hazardous materials, attention to detail is essential to avoid injury.
Who will struggle in this career?
Similarly to what is mentioned above, you are are likely to struggle with working as a welder if you are physically unfit or don’t have the nerve to work in confined, and potentially hazardous conditions. If you prefer to work alone or do less practical/technical work, then you may struggle as a welder due to the team environment and the hands-on nature of the work.