High School:East Central High School
Training:On-the-job welding and grinding training at VT Halter Marine
Degree:Welding certificates
Employer:VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula
Title:Welder A



Tyler Malone became acquainted with the world of welding through his dad and grandpa. Tyler’s dad helped him apply for his job at VT Halter Marine and helped him with his on-the-job training.

He began as an entry-level welder and worked his way up to become a first-class structural welder. Tyler says one of the perks of his career is that welding is a way to make good money without any student debt.

“You have to be dedicated to learning to be good,” he says. “You have to be prepared for a lot of hard work and a lot of heat. Welding is not an easy job, but if you stick with it, you can make a good living.”

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Welders fuse and cut metal materials. They can work in several industries, so welders might build structures or repair existing infrastructure. Arc welding, the most common type of welding today, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together — but, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use.


  • Utilize welding machines to cut or fuse metals such as aluminum or steel.
  • Understand blueprints and calculate dimensions and specifications for the welds.
  • Safely clean, set up and maintain the equipment.
  • Supervise the process to prevent overheating.