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Welding Fabricator

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

The Role

  • 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.
  • They cut materials into the required shapes, then weld or join them into the correct structure as dictated by the drawings.
  • Cutting and joining metal and other materials into a wide range of structures.
  • Using computers and geometric development methods to form structures. 


  • Newly trained Welder Fabricators can earn in the region of £20,000 to £25,000
  • Trained with experience, Welder Fabricators can earn in the region of £25,000 to £30,000
  • Senior Welder Fabricators can earn in the region of £30,000 to £50,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Self employed Welder Fabricators set their own pay rates.

Qualifications and Training

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 4 (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 Industry Training Board (ECITB), the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) and the Welding Institute (TWI) all provide further information about training and qualifications.  

Progression Opportunities

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Next Steps


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Find out more

For information on the Welding Fabricator role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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