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Position Overview

A welder cuts and joins various material types together, especially metals. They achieve this through the application of intense heat to the different metal parts. This job is relevant for building or fixing equipment, infrastructure, or mechanical structures. Due to the nature of the work, welders should have precision and excellent attention to detail. Welders operate dangerous equipment, and so they need to take safety precautions seriously and follow proper protocol at all times. Additionally, welders should understand the property of different metals if they wish to be successful at their job. Welders will study many blueprints and determine the dimensions for parts that are to be welded. They closely monitor the entire welding process, watching for the possibility of overheating, and look over materials that may need welding in the future. A welder will uphold the condition of their own equipment. There are various welding processes the welder could use, depending on the industry and schooling provided.

Welder Duties

  • Build, install, or repair machinery and equipment (e.g. storage equipment, bucket elevators, boiler components, turbines, automotive parts, etc.)
  • Piece together metal structures using cutters, grinders, measuring tools, and shapers
  • Interpret blueprints and other layout plans to understand the necessary timeline and materials needed for the project
  • Manage steel construction
  • Align different metal components with calipers or clamp pieces
  • Work in various settings, such as in the shop, on construction sites, or underwater
  • Troubleshoot and inspect equipment that might need repairs
  • Constantly practice proper safety procedures
  • Maintain all welding equipment
  • Keep up-to-date records of all maintenance and welding activities completed

Typical Employers

  • Construction companies
  • Farm equipment manufacturers
  • Parts suppliers
  • Refineries
  • Automotive manufacturers
  • Food production companies
  • Aerospace manufacturers

Required Education and Training

Welders should have their high school diploma and a welding certification. While the welding certificate is not always required, it provides you with more experience and encourages a higher salary.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Excellent precision
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to read blueprints
  • Excellent problem solver
  • Observant
  • Ability to follow procedures and policies closely
  • Possess an understanding of welding safety standards
  • Ability to handle hot temperatures

Average Salary

The average salary for a welder in the United Kingdom is £25,000. This range can vary from £20,000 to £30,000, depending on the industry and the worker's education and experience level.