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Welder Job and Risk Profile

What does a welder do? 

Welders' job profile

A welder will use many different methods and processes depending on what materials they are working with and for what purpose. In a general sense, they use heat to join two or more metal parts in the construction, maintenance or repair of structures and products. Their daily tasks revolve around expertly cutting, shaping and fusing metals. Compared to other trades these workers are employed by quite a large range of industries; from car racing to mining or construction. Although the majority work within the manufacturing industry - specifically working on architectural and structural metals. They are essential workers in a wide range of important jobs such as building bridges or dams. 

How do you become a welder? 

Completing a 42-48 month first class welder apprenticeship is essential and is available in the form of school-based training. This form of training assists potential tradesmen in kick-starting their career by getting them job ready in time for graduating high school. However, this apprenticeship may also be completed after schooling. 

What are common injuries for a welder? 

Burns are common minor injuries for welders

Due to the frequent use of heated tools or products the most concerning workplace risks in this trade involve fumes and burn related injuries. An understanding of correct workplace health and safety specific to this trade will help in avoiding potential injuries.

Minor injuries include;

  • Small burns and cuts 

Serious injuries include;

  • Burns from fire or explosions from UV and infrared rays

Long term injuries include;

What materials does a welder work with?

Welders' mask for safety

Welders mainly work with composite materials, metals and alloys. Generally employees use heat to join two or more metal parts in the construction, maintenance or repair of structures and products. Their daily tasks revolve around expertly cutting, shaping and fusing metals. Some welders may specialise to work with laser or ultrasound welding equipment. 

What industries can welders work in? 

Although many may work within the construction industry there are certainly many other possibilities. A worker may select a specific industry depending on their experience or interests. The engineering, automobile and aerospace fields all employ these tradesmen. 

How much does a welder make? 

Salary can range between $38,173 - $101,400 depending on experience and industry. The average salary sits at $58,377. 

Welders' different career paths

What is the career path for a welder?

These tradesmen may wish to work primarily on construction sites or they may decide to specialise in order to focus on welding in a specific field. A car fan may choose to focus on welding within car manufacturing or an astronaut wannabe could specialise in aerospace repairs for NASA - there is plenty of opportunity for pursuing your interests in this career.  Welders wishing to expand their skills and further progress their careers are also perfect candidates for a boilermaker training program as they already have a foundation of the basic skills. 

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Last update on:
September 4, 2020
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