Career outlook for welder
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would cut, shape, join and repair metal for use in a wide range of industries including construction, engineering, transport, aerospace, and offshore oil and gas.
- Choose and lay out materials to be cut or joined
- Follow engineering instructions and drawings
- Decide on the best welding method for the job
- Test cuts and joins using specialised instruments
Common types of welding include:
- MIG (metal inert gas)
- MMA (manual metal arc)
- TIG (tungsten inert gas)
- Laser and ultrasonic
Many welders work on a production line. You would then work as part of a team and use semi-automatic spot-welding tools to make items like cars.
As well as working with metals and alloys, you could also learn methods for cutting and joining plastics and other materials.
You’d need to have a good understanding of numbers and technical plans. It would also be important for you to have great coordination and knowledge of safe working practices.
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