Typical job roles

Welders cut, shape and join sections of metal, alloys or other materials using specialist welding methods. Common types of welding including oxy-acetylene, metal inert gas (MIG), manual metal arc (MMA), tungsten inert gas (TIG), laser and ultrasonic.

Welders form an important part of the team to ensure that structures, pipework and other items are welded in line with the specification and in a safe manner. This role may be based in a workshop or on a manufacturing, engineering or process plant. Shift-work may be necessary.

Typical Tasks

  • Selects materials to be cut or joined
  • Follows engineering instructions and drawings
  • Uses the most suitable welding method for the job
  • Inspects and tests, the cuts and joints
  • Works in a safe manner at all times.

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Math’s for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Typical duration

42-48 months

Career/progression opportunities

NDT (non-destructive testing) Technician, Workshop Supervisor, Welding Inspector.

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