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Welding trades

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£16,640 pile of coins

Age 35

£30,160 pile of coins

Age 50

£32,760 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £27,040

What does this career do?

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.

Typical tasks

  • 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.

Current entry requirements

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.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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