Welding Trades

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.


New workers
£ 19,305
£ 30,490
£ 46,883

Available jobs

In the past year there were 41,677 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Checks finished workpiece for defects and conformity with specification.

  • Cleans and smooths 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..

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding

  • Welding

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

  • Fabrication

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Carbon Steel

  • Machinery

  • Technical Drawing

  • Aluminum

  • Sheet Metal

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Detail Oriented

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Self-Motivation

  • English Language

  • Quality Control

  • Strong Work Ethic

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.