What is a Welder? The School Leaver Guide
What is a Welder?
Welders shape, join and cut metal to provide materials for engineering and construction. They play an important role in supply lines for a huge number of industries. Consequently, welders are always in demand and there are a huge range of welding roles available.
What does a Welder do?
- Preparing materials to be welded
- Following technical drawings
- Inspecting and testing equipment
- Welding together sections of metal, e.g. pipes and plating
- Inspecting the structural integrity of materials welded
Skills & interests required for a Welder
- Working to deadlines
- Attention to detail
- Practical and technical skills
- Understanding of technical drawings
- Good concentration
38 hours a week but this can depend on your employer and the nature of your role.
A garage, production plant, or business. Welders can work in many technical environments.
Salary ranges & earning potential
Salaries begin around £16,000 per annum but can grow with experience to as much as £35,000 for highly experienced welders.
Most commonly welders qualify via an apprenticeship but there are role competency tests that can enable you to enter the industry. You have to demonstrate your ability to meet the standards required.
Useful subjects to study at school
- Design Technology
- Welding skills through courses