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.
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.
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.
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 includes :
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)