Welding Jobs Overview Just about every type of industry requires the skills of a welder. This includes manufacturing, ...
Welding Jobs Overview
Just about every type of industry requires the skills of a welder. This includes manufacturing, construction, engineering, shipbuilding, car repair, aerospace, transport and offshore oil and gas. Welders cut, shape and join pieces of metal together using torches and other equipment. Their responsibilities range from laying pipelines, joining steel beams on skyscrapers, working on space stations, for racing car teams, in factories and on oil rigs, also maintaining power plants and refineries. There are numerous specialist types of welding, but Mig, Tig and MMA (Stick) are the most sought after by UK companies.
Welding Jobs Education Requirements
Employers may not require assembly line welders to have academic qualifications, but will teach them the necessary skills on the job. However, skilled welders and specialist welders need welding qualifications and are usually required to complete an apprenticeship. Applicants are expected to have four GCSEs in subjects such as maths, English, engineering, ICT or science. Another way into the profession is to do a college welding course, such as the City and Guilds Certificate in Welding or the BTEC National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (Welding and Fabrication), then apply for a trainee welder job. There are good opportunities for experienced welders to advance to a role with more responsibility, such as a foreman or supervisor job.
Welding Jobs Market
The financial crisis has left the UK with a skills shortage. However, according to the Construction Industry Training Board's annual survey of the sector's health, the construction industry needs to attract an extra 224,000 workers between now and 2019 to build homes for the UK's rising population, work on commercial construction and leisure developments.
Welding Jobs Salary Information
Salaries range from around £16,000 a year to £33,000, depending on experience and location. Experienced specialist welders can earn up to and over £40,000 a year. More dangerous jobs like welding on offshore rigs can pay higher wages.