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Become a Welder

You’ll work with metals and alloys, and cut and join composite materials, such as plastics, using specialist welding methods. You'll need an understanding of safe working practices.

Your day-to-day tasks may include following engineering instructions and drawings, inspecting and testing cuts and joins, using precision measuring instruments and operating the semi-automatic spot-welding equipment used in high volume production lines.

You'll usually work in the construction and engineering, transport, aerospace and offshore oil and gas industries.

  • To understand technical plans
  • To be able to concentrate for long periods
  • Maths and measuring skills
  • Technical skills like knowing how to choose the right welding method for the job

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship in plumbing or heating and ventilations. At Leeds College of Building we offer part-time courses in Welding, entry for these courses are through a basic skills test.


Starting salaries are usually between £16,000 and £19,000.

With experience this could rise to between £20,000 and £30,000.

Highly experienced welders can earn in the region of £35,000 or more.

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.