Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for welders varies depending on experience and specialisation.

  • Apprentice welders may start on training minimum wage, with their pay increasing as they gain experience and unit standards.
  • Those with less than two years' experience may earn between minimum wage and $37,000 a year.
  • Welders with experience usually earn between $37,000 and $70,000 a year.
  • Source : Trade Me Jobs Salary Guide, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Welders may do some or all of the following :

  • study plans and drawings
  • cut and bend and fit steel or metal parts
  • make jigs (of wood or metal) that hold parts in place for welding
  • weld parts together
  • repair and maintain equipment and machinery
  • construct metal objects according to instructions.
  • Welders need to have :

  • knowledge of metals and their properties
  • welding skills, including an understanding of different welding processes and equipment
  • ablity to interpret technical drawings
  • knowledge of health and safety regulations.
  • Welders :

  • usually work regular business hours but may have to do overtime and weekend work to meet deadlines
  • work in industrial and engineering workshops, factories, and on building sites, boats or oil rigs
  • may work in dirty and noisy conditions, and may be required to work at heights.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a welder. However, some employers prefer you to have a qualification.

    To become a qualified welder you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain either a :

  • New Zealand Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication (Level 4), which is the new qualification
  • or a National Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication (Level 4), which is being replaced by the New Zealand Certificate.
  • For this certificate, you choose to specialise in light fabrication, heavy fabrication, or steel construction.

    Industry training organisation Competenz oversees welding apprenticeships.

    A driver's licence may also be useful.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a welder. However, NCEA Level 2 maths, physics, English and technology are useful.

    For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

    These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

    Welders need to be :

  • practical and adaptable
  • able to make good judgments
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • responsible and safety-conscious
  • good at basic maths.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience includes :

  • welding experience
  • other mechanical engineering or construction work
  • work in an engineering workshop.
  • Welders need :

  • to be fairly strong, as there can be some heavy lifting involved
  • to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses)
  • steady hands.
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