Forg­ing a last­ing ca­reer as a welder

Rutherglen Reformer - - Property - Re­cruit­ment

Weld­ing is a trade where you use heat and fu­sion to cut and form met­als to form an item.

The in­dus­try is huge. There are many dif­fer­ent types of weld­ing.

You can take a piece of steel and turn it into some­thing use­ful.

The world’s con­struc­tions would fall apart with­out weld­ing.

You can be a welder then move on to be a su­per­vi­sor and then an in­struc­tor as well as branch­ing out into sales if you like.

More than that, there are many types of en­vi­ron­ment in which you can put your skills to the test.

In a fac­tory, welders use robots to per­form sim­ple weld­ing tasks.

Higher-skilled welders can end up work­ing any­where: from join­ing steel beams on sky­scrapers to work­ing on rac­ing car teams to per­form­ing com­pli­cated weld­ing tasks on space sta­tions.

To be an assem­bly line welder, you don’t need much in the form of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and will be taught on the job.

Of­ten these start out as ap­pren­tice­ship roles within a com­pany work­ing up to a full time qual­i­fied po­si­tion.

Or you may want to study at col­lege be­fore se­cur­ing a role as a welder within a com­pany.

Assem­bly line welders must be pa­tient and con­scious of safety haz­ards.

They should be able to fo­cus their at­ten­tion on one repet­i­tive task for long pe­ri­ods of time.

The vast ma­jor­ity of welders are men on full-time con­tracts, though these con­tracts will of­ten be de­fined by a par­tic­u­lar job.

The UK skilled trades in­dus­try is in de­cline, with fewer peo­ple be­ing em­ployed in it year-byyear, but the skills of a welder are still re­quired for all sorts of projects all over the world.

De­pend­ing on your level of train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence, you would be classed as a semi­skilled or skilled welder.

Nor­mally, you have to pass com­pe­tency tests for the type of weld­ing work you carry out.

These tests show that your work meets Bri­tish and Euro­pean weld­ing stan­dards and you need them for of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion.

The Weld­ing In­sti­tute has a range of train­ing schemes for weld­ing meth­ods, as well as in­spec­tion and test­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

They also have in­for­ma­tion about the in­dus­tries in which weld­ing skills play a key role.

Start­ing salaries can be be­tween £16,000 and £18,000 a year.

W ith ex­pe­ri­ence, this can rise to be­tween £20,000 and £33,000.

The best, most ex­pe­ri­enced spe­cial­ist welders can earn up to £40,000 a year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.