Welder - First Class

Welders assemble metal fabricated products such as structures, frames, plate and sheet assemblies, pipe-work and vessels using welding techniques. Welders use a range of hand and hand held power tools and workshop machines such as drills, grinders, clamps, benders and lifting equipment.

Personal requirements of a welder my include:

  • Broad knowledge of welding processes to be able to choose the appropriate method
  • Be able to interpret blueprints
  • High developed problem solving skills and math skills
  • Attention to detail and hand-eye coordination

Welders may complete the following tasks:

  • Examine drawings or specifications to find out job, material and equipment requirements
  • Set up and/or operate hand and machine tools, welding equipment or Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
  • Fabricate parts or sub-assemblies, cut, roll, shape, bend, mould, spin, heat or hammer metal products
  • Heat treat metal parts and components
  • Assemble parts and structures by welding, bolting or riveting

To become a Weldercompletion of an apprenticeship at Certificate III level in Engineering- Fabrication and Trade qualification at the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is required.

Welders work in various industries such as automotive industries, or building and bridge construction.