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Welder fabricators cut and join metal and other materials into a wide range of structures for use throughout the built environment.


Average salaries are in the region of £24,000.00 to £24,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Welder Fabricators utilise their knowledge of a range of welding and joining processes, such as gas metal arc welding (MIG and TIG), to manufacture required items.

What they do

From the heavy metal fabrication used in bridge structures to lighter, more intricate joining work, welder fabricators work on a range of projects, including repairs.

By interpreting engineering drawings accurately, they cut materials into the required shapes, then weld or join them into the correct structure as dictated by the drawings.

Typical duties include:

  • Cutting and joining metal and other materials into a wide range of structures.
  • Using computers and geometric development methods to form structures. 

Working conditions vary according to specialism and location and the use of protective clothing is commonplace. In some cases, you may need to use specialist safety equipment. 

How much could I earn?

  • Newly trained Welder Fabricators can earn in the region of £19,000 to £23,000
  • Trained with experience, Welder Fabricators can earn in the region of £23,000 to £24,000
  • Senior Welder Fabricators can earn in the region of £24,000 to £27,000
  • Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility
  • Self employed Welder Fabricators set their own pay rates

Hours & Salary

  • In a full-time position, Welder Fabricators usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week
  • Shift work is common and overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this job?

A common way into this career is through an apprenticeship, either in engineering or in the specific trade. An apprenticeship provides paid employment while skills are being learned.

To be accepted on an apprenticeship scheme, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths, English and science, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

An alternative would be to gain a welding qualification, which would give you many of the skills required for the job. The Engineering Construction Training Board (ECTB), the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) and the Welding Institute (TWI) all provide further information about training and qualifications.  

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Career trends and forecasts

770 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 770 Steel Erectors/Structural Fabrication people (which includes Welder Fabricators) every year for the period 2016 - 2020.  The highest demand will be in the West Midlands followed by North East, South East, North West and Scotland.

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