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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
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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