Welding fabricators cut, join and shape metal and other materials, using heat and a range of tools. They are required on construction projects of all sizes, to do anything from fixing machinery to building bridges.
Welders may help to construct the steel frames for buildings, support industrial projects, or even work underwater on oil rigs.
Typical hours per week
44 - 46
How to become a welding fabricator?
There are several routes to becoming a welding fabricator. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship, or complete specialist training on-the-job.
You should explore these routes to becoming a welding fabricator to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
College / training provider
Your local college or training provider may offer courses, such as a Level 2 Award in Welding Skills, a Level 2 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice or a Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering.
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You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship to become a welding fabricator, in welding, engineering construction or engineering manufacturing.
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An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a welding fabricator.
You might start out as an assistant and progress as your abilities improve.
Your employer might help you to gain a welding qualification, which would give you many of the skills required for the job.
The (ECITB), and the (TWI) all provide further information about training and qualifications.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a welding fabricator.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a welding fabricator include :
What does a welding fabricator do?
As a welding fabricator, you will be responsible for joining metal using a variety of techniques, often to form new structures.
Duties may include cutting and welding materials according to technical plans created by other construction professionals.
How much could you earn as a welding fabricator?
The expected salary for a welding fabricator varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.