Alternative titles for this job include Pipe welder, MIG welder, TIG welder, boilermaker

Welders work in different industries, cutting, shaping and joining sections of metal plate and pipes.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

44 to 46 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a Welder

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You could take a welding qualification at college before applying for a job as a trainee welder. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Introductory Welding Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

More information


A common way into this career is through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in welding.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 GCSEs (grades A-C), in subjects like maths, engineering, ICT, English or science

More information

More information

Further information

You can find out more about welding careers and training through the Engineering and Construction Industry Training Board.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • leadership skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • setting out the materials to be cut or joined
  • following engineering instructions and drawings
  • inspecting and testing cuts and joins, using precision measuring instruments
  • operating the semi-automatic spot-welding equipment used in high volume production lines

Working environment

Your working environment may be cramped and at height.

You may need to wear safety clothing and protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could be promoted to a supervisory role or be a workshop manager.

You could also work in welding inspection, testing and quality control or, with commercial diver training, underwater welding.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Engineering Apprentice

  • Wage : To be agreed upon appointment
  • Location: Oldbury B69 3HU

Advanced Apprenticeship - Mechanical Engineering

  • Wage : £191.82 Weekly
  • Location: Ulverston LA12 9EE

Courses In England

Welding Practice - Level 2

  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: Lytham St. Annes

Introductory Manual Metal Arc Welding Skills

  • Provider: West Herts College
  • Start date: 08 January 2019
  • Location: Kings Langley

Get help using this service

Call 08000 150 950

8am to 10pm, 7 days a week

More ways to contact us

Is this page useful?

Yes No