Job Description

A Welder will cut and join sections of metal, alloys or other materials using specialist welding methods.  This could be in a factory, service plant or on a construction site or offshore platforms. The job of a Welder involves working with metals, copper, brass, pipes, steel, iron and any material that is required to be melted, heated, or fused.

Entry Requirements

You could get into this job through a college course or an apprenticeship. 


You could take a relevant college course and then apply for jobs as a trainee welder.

Courses include:

  • General Welder level 2
  • Welding and Fabrication Level 3

You will usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
    4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

The following colleges may offer a relevant course


You could take an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in:

  • Welding
  • engineering manufacturing
  • engineering construction

You will usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Further Information 

You can find out more about becoming a welder from the Engineering and Construction Industry Training Board , the Welding Institute and Go Construct

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could be promoted to a supervisory role or be a workshop manager.

You could also work in welding inspection, testing and quality control or, with commercial diver training, underwater welding.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Blacksmith
  • Engineering construction technician
  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Heat treatment operator

Required Skills

For this role you'll need:

  • the ability to follow instructions and drawings
  • good health and safety awareness
  • good hand to eye co-ordination
  • the ability to work accurately
  • good numerical skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • knowledge of maths

Salary Range

£18,000 to £33,000

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