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.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. You could then apply for jobs as a trainee welder.
You'll usually have to pass competency tests for the type of welding work you do. These show that your work meets welding standards (codes).
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.
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- Engineering construction technician
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National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
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
£16,000 to £35,000