NEXT PROS: Tiffany Demoret, Welder

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jacob Slaton
“The more you know, the better you are. The better you are, the more you make. I’m still fairly new, but I’ll get there one day. Just keep building up” – Tiffany Demoret

Tiffany Demoret

Hometown: Hot Springs | Age: 27 | Where I trained: National Park College and on-the-job training | What I earned: TIG Welding Certificate and on-the-job training | Job title: Welder/Boat Builder | Employer: Alumacraft in Arkadelphia

What does a welder do?

Welders fuse and cut metal materials. They can work in several different industries, so welders might build structures or repair existing infrastructure.

“What I love most about my job is the people I work with. I’ve never worked anywhere where they treat you as if you are their family, and they care about their product.”Tiffany


• 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.

Job Outlook

Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas.

Average annual job openings in Arkansas.

Jobs in Arkansas by 2026.

This option is for you if:
You are creative or artistic.
At the end of the day, you want to think, “I helped build that!”
You work to a rhythm.
You’re patient and detail oriented.
You follow directions well.
You like a challenge

Related Occupations

• Sawing Machine Operator

• Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operator

• Cutting, Punching and Pressing Operator

• Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Operator

• Metal And Plastic Molding, Core Making and Casting Machine Operator

High-end earners (top 10%) make

Median wages in Arkansas
$36,620 Annual
$17.16 Hourly


Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University–Beebe
Arkansas State University–Mid-South
Arkansas State University–Mountain Home
Arkansas State University–Newport
Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus
Black River Technical College
College of the Ouachitas
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
Ozarka College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southern Arkansas University Tech
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith–College of Applied Science & Technology
University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology – Crossett
University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology – McGehee
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
University of Arkansas Cossatot
University of Arkansas Hope–Texarkana


CenterPoint Energy
Central Flying Service
Lexicon Inc.
McKee Foods Corporation
Pace Industries
Simmons Foods, Inc. & Affiliates
Tyson Foods
Union Pacific Railroad

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and

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