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Welding Trade

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.

Tasks

  • Checks finished workpiece for defects and conformity with specification.
  • Cleans and smoothes weld.
  • Guides electrode or torch along line of weld, burns away damaged areas, and melts brazing alloy or solder into joints.
  • Cuts metal pieces using gas torch or electric arc.
  • 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.
  • Selects appropriate welding equipment such as electric arc, gas torch, etc..

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 21% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£23,969

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for welding trade is £23,969

1,033 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,033. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for welding trade roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £23,969 per year. That is about £1,997 per month or £12.29 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,599, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,955

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,033 people are employed in the region.

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