10 Essential Books for Professional Welders

May 31, 2019 10:42 am

Although anyone can pick up a welding machine and get to work, there is a difference between an improvised welder and a professional welder. Becoming a skilled welder is a process that takes time, work and dedication. Due to the “manual” nature of the technique, there’s no doubt that the best way to become proficient in welding is through training and practice.

Welding books that deal with the basics of the trade are always useful for beginners as well as more experienced welders who are looking to refresh their memory on a few core welding principles. No matter where you are in your career, welding books should always be in your shop library.

Having a complete and updated reference library is important for expanding your welding knowledge. It can also help you to successfully address special or unique jobs or projects which require specific knowledge, beyond the realm of your current expertise.

To help you get started with building your welding library, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 books and manuals that you should add to your collection. This list is based on our forum members’ recommendations.

Here are the top 10 books (in no particular order) that every welder should own (and read).



Welding: Principles and Applications

An absolute must-have for welders at any level. This complete guide provides deep and extensive information on topics like welding metallurgy, metal fabrication, weld testing and inspection, joint design, job costing, and environmental and conservation tips.



Welder’s Handbook: A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding

A newly updated, state-of-the-art guide to MIG and TIG arc welding technology. With only 160 pages, this is one of the best, shortest, and easiest welding books to comprehend.



The Oxy-Acetylene Handbook: A Manual on Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting Procedures

Although more modern techniques have replaced Oxy-Acetylene (OA) welding in the commercial world, understanding OA can be helpful to learn the fundamentals of TIG. This handbook is one of the most complete guides on this specific technique.



Metals and How to Weld Them

This book describes the internal structure of metals and its relation to mechanical and physical properties and weldability. This practical manual discusses the various metals used in the industry and what processes and procedures can be used to weld them.



Standard Welding Terms and Definitions: Including Terms for Brazing, Soldering Thermal Spraying and Thermal Cutting 

Published by the American Welding Society, this book contains all the welding terms and definitions approved by the American National Standard Institute.



Pocket Welding Guide 

This portable guide (updated and reissued 31 times!) covers a wide variety of subjects that are essential for the student or beginner and useful for seasoned welders, technicians, and engineers.



Welding Essentials

Written in an easy-to-grasp style and packed with helpful illustrations, this informative book makes an excellent companion for welders of all levels.



Welding Fabrication and Repair

Written by the coauthor of the best-selling book Welding Essentials (see above), this practical guide provides insights, ideas, and tips for solving real-world fabrication problems.



Modern Welding

This book has long been the standard for learning about the theories, fundamentals, equipment, and techniques of welding technology. The book also includes extensive instruction in welding symbol interpretation, weld testing and inspection, and employment in the welding field.



Audel Pipefitter’s and Welder’s Pocket Manual 

The Audel Welding Pocket Reference was written to cover all of the “in the field” reference needs. An excellent quick reference guide for welders of all levels, just slip this little gem into your toolbox, and wherever are, you’ll never be without the guidance you need again.




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  • dougspair says:

    How about ….The Procedure Handbook of Arc Welding….Lincoln electric….

  • Don says:

    I don’t know whether Lincoln has updated the handbook or not. I still use my copy (circa 1971) regularly. But then I am an old fashioned stick man too. I do a lot of onsight structural steel.

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