Careers for People Who Love Metalworking

Careers for People Who Love Metalworking
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    The goal of almost every working adult is to find a job they love.

    We all want to turn our passions into a career.

    Fortunately, if your passion happens to be metalworking, you have a wealth of career options available to you.


Keep reading to discover a few types of careers for people who love metalworking so that you can start on the path to turning that hobby into a full-time job.


Welders work to fuse metals and other materials at high temperatures using specialty equipment. Welding is an essential position in many different fields, including the automotive industry, construction, and engineering.

Welding is more adjacent to blacksmithing than metalworking because you work at high temperatures, but it is a great option for those interested in both. You’ll need a high school diploma, some further technical training, and on-the-job training to start a career in professional welding.

Metalworking Machinist

Metal machine workers specialize in operating and overseeing different types of metal-cutting machines. This position works with all different forms of metal, plastics, and other materials.

While many of the machines you will use are moving to automation, some of them will still require manual operation.

Overall, metalworking machinists supervise the metal-cutting process and make sure that products fit certain blueprints and client or project specifications.

For this position, you will need a high school diploma and on-the-job training, just as you would for welding.

You’ll also need to be familiar with what tools you can find in the machine shop and how they work since most of the job’s responsibilities involve this equipment.

Sheet Metal Worker

If you’re looking for a career similar to metalworking as a hobby, you can’t get much closer than working with sheet metal. Sheet metal workers use both machines and hand tools to form thin metal into a variety of shapes, products, and equipment parts.

These workers specialize in cutting and forming metal, but they are also responsible for overseeing machines and equipment usage around the metalworking shop. If you are interested in becoming a sheet metal worker, you’ll need some additional technical training. This position usually requires an apprenticeship and training from a technical school.

Other Options

The above examples are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of careers for people who love metalworking. You might even enjoy an adjacent career in blacksmithing, especially if the welding path sounded interesting.

Some more opportunities in the metalworking field include:

  • Boilermaker
  • Pipefitter
  • Blacksmith
  • Gunsmith
  • Furniture maker
  • Engineer
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There are many career options out there for those who love working with metal as a hobby. These career paths provide the opportunity to turn this hobby into a lifelong pursuit.

If you are already considering one of these careers, the odds are good that you’re already passionate about metalworking. Apply that passion to any one of these jobs, and you will likely have an enjoyable career ahead of you.

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