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Welding engineers work on the design, maintenance and development of a wide range of welding systems and equipment.

Average salaries are in the region of £36,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Welding Engineers work on the design, maintenance and development of a wide range of welding systems and equipment. With an extensive understanding of metal and material science, they research more effective welding techniques and design more efficient equipment.

What they do

From buildings to bridges, Welding Engineers harness the latest techniques, such as laser and electron beam technology, for use in a wide range of construction projects.

Work can be based in one location, but there may be opportunities for secondment either in the UK or overseas.

Hours & salary 

  • In a full-time position, welding engineers usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week
  • Shift work is common and overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines
  • Newly trained Welding Engineers can earn in the region of £37,000 to £41,000
  • Trained with experience, Welding Engineers can earn in the region of £41,000 to £42,000
  • Senior or chartered Welding Engineers can earn in the region of £42,000 to £48,000
  • Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility

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Qualifications & Training

Entry requirements mean welding engineers typically hold a degree-level qualification in Engineering or a similar discipline. Suitable qualifications would be a BEng or MEng in Metallurgy and Materials Science or Engineering or a Cranfield MSc in Welding Engineering.


An HND or HNC in a relevant qualification offers an alternative entry route. Once you complete your course, you may gain entry into the second or third year of a relevant engineering degree course. Learning and knowledge can be developed through internships and on-the-job assignments, with the opportunity for full or part-time study.


Many welding engineers also start their careers as welder fabricators, working their way through college to achieve higher qualifications.

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Career trends and forecasts

2460 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 2460 civil engineers every year to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).

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