Automated Welding Machine Builder

How Much Are Welders Paid?

Insight from an Automated Welding Machine Builder 

 

The welder shortage has been a known issue for years. With many welders nearing retirement age, the younger generation can’t seem to replace them fast enough. The demand for welders isn’t slowing down either—The American Welding Society shows that there is an even larger shortage in our future. It’s predicted that there will be a deficiency of over 400,000 skilled welders by 2024.

  • The average age of a welder is 55
  • Less than 20% of welders are under the age of 35

As an automated welding machine builder out of Waukesha, WI, (Wisconsin is one of the top 5 states with the most welding jobs) we recognize the challenges to filling this skills gap. Read on to learn more about welding careers and pay.

 

How Much are Welders Paid — The Break Down 

With all of this talk of a worker shortage, what does that mean for salaries? In 2019, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported welders to make an average of $44,800/year. This being said, salaries can range greatly depending on location, skill and application.  Welding is a skill that can provide a good, stable living. But, just like any career, you won’t be earning top dollar right away—most have to start at the bottom and work their way up.

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Experience & Skill Matter

Years of experience and leadership skills are an essential piece of the welding salary puzzle. Other than the art of welding metal parts, here are just a few essential areas welders must be equipped with:

  • Understanding of blueprints and technical specifications
  • Ability to calculate dimensions
  • Insight for inspecting weldments and materials
  • How to maintain equipment and machinery
  • Critical thinking for processes improvements
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The Role of Welding Automation

Automation has become commonplace for many manufacturing companies. Welding can be a semi-automated process where only a few elements are mechanized, or it can also be completely automated with the use of robots. Automation does not eliminate the need for skilled welders, it simply frees up these professionals to perform more challenging tasks. Even with the use of automated welding systems, it’s essential to have the knowledgeable staff who understand the ins and outs of the process, how to overcome challenges and ensure a high level of welding quality output. In summary, welding automation means MORE opportunities for welders!

 

The Future of Welding – Automated Welding Machine Builder

At Bancroft Engineering, we are advocates of skilled welders and understand what an asset they are for our economy. The future of welding is bound to be an exciting one for those interested in learning new, emerging technologies! We offer cutting-edge welding equipment for manufacturers who need to get the job done right.  Give us a call today at 262-786-1880 or email: sales@bancrofteng.com

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Automated Welding Equipment: To Replace or Not to Replace?

It can be difficult to know if you’re making the right decisions when it comes to automated welding equipment expenses. How do you know if it’s the right choice to purchase a new piece of equipment or continue to repair an old one? We’re here to help ease that decision process. Read on to learn if you should or should not replace your current automated systems.

 

First, can you afford downtime?

If you’re running five welders and one goes down, that’s a much different situation than if you’re running one or two and lose one—that’s at least half of your production lost!  Some businesses can’t afford downtime, while others prefer to maintain older equipment.

 

Next, assess what life is still left in your current automated welding equipment

It’s important to understand what the annual maintenance costs are of all your current welding systems. Tracking those costs over time is one of the best indicators of the longevity of a machine. It’s safe to say that almost all machinery will inevitably wear out. Knowing what you’ve invested into the machine over the past few years will give you a baseline of where it’s at when you’re looking at making the decision to either replace it with a new system or retrofit the welding equipment completely.

 

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For example, if a machine is 15-20 years old and in the past decade all you’ve done is routine maintenance, it’s more likely you’ll soon face a major repair. So, it might be a good time to look into buying a new piece of equipment. However, if you have an older machine you recently overhauled or refurbished, it’s probably better to hold onto it and reap the benefits of your investment.

 

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Finally, are the critical electronic components still available?

In today’s innovative manufacturing world, electronic manufacturers are making components obsolete and discontinuing production of system components earlier and earlier. Make a list—or ask the manufacturer for a list—of the critical components. A quick internet search will take care the rest.

 

Still not sure?

If you decide it’s time to replace your welding equipment or retrofit an older machine, give Bancroft Engineering a call and let us make the next 20 years worry free!

 

Bancroft Engineering, located in Waukesha WI has years of experience designing, building and updating automated welding equipment for every sized project.

 

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Rebuilding Your Aging Welding Equipment

Rebuilding Your Aging Welding Equipment

Using outdated or broken welding equipment can be hurting your company’s productivity, quality, ROI and more. The cutting-edge technology that was out 5-10 years ago is far behind the welding equipment of today. Rebuilding your current, outdated machines can improve welding performance and give you the reliability your company needs.

 

Bancroft does more than offer new welding equipment—we can rebuild and update your old and worn out machinery, whether you purchased it from us to begin with or not.

 

Benefits of Rebuilding Your Aging Welding Equipment:

 

  • Saves money
  • Extends equipment life
  • Decreases downtime
  • Increase welding quality
  • Optimizes power efficiency
  • Decrease training time
  • Expands machine’s versatility

 

During the rebuilding process, Bancroft will make aesthetic improvements, replace any worn parts, inspect the machine for future problems and update all welding components that may have become obsolete.

 

Featured below are the before pictures of our 300 Welda-Round that has been in use for many years. This machine has just been updated by Bancroft.

Rebuilding Your Aging Welding Equipment

 

The photos below are what it looks like after the upgrade was completed.

Rebuilding Your Aging Welding Equipment

 

 

How old is your welding equipment? Today’s state-of-the-art welding technology will make your equipment run more efficiently and create an immediate payback.

 

Give us a call and we can help you make your welding equipment look and function like it’s brand-new!

 

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