Welding trades workers join metal parts by welding, brazing and soldering, and cut and remove defects from metal using a variety of equipment and techniques.
- Selects appropriate welding equipment such as electric arc, gas torch, etc.
- Connects wires to power supply, or hoses to oxygen, acetylene, argon, carbon dioxide, electric arc, or other source and adjusts controls to regulate gas pressure and rate of flow
- Cuts metal pieces using gas torch or electric arc
- Guides electrode or torch along line of weld, burns away damaged areas, and melts brazing alloy or solder into joints
- Cleans and smoothes weld
- Checks finished workpiece for defects and conformity with specification.
Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an appropriate GNVQ/GSVQ. Training is typically by apprenticeship incorporating practical experience and technical training. NVQs/SVQs are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Welders must normally pass a competency test in the particular type of welding to be carried out.
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £30,000 per annum and can progress up to £44,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 8,791 employed Welding Trades in the region.
Destinations of Engineering Completers July 2018
54% of students went on to other Further Education at York College
6% of students went on to other Higher Education
8% of students went on to employment