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Welder Fabricators work in a range of different sectors including construction, transport and logistics, utilities, engineering, aerospace, off-shore oil and defence. Depending on the requirements of the job, welder fabricators will work with metals and alloys, cutting and joining using a variety of welding techniques such Arc, MIG, TIG and Stick Welding. Similar job titles include Fabricator, MIG/TIG Welder, Coded Welder, Automotive Welder, Machine Shop Operator or Engineering Fitter.
Day-to-day tasks for Welders may include setting out the materials to be cut or joined following engineering instructions and drawings, inspecting and testing cuts and joins using precision measuring instruments as well as using general workshop tools and small machine equipment such as saws, drills, lathe & mills, including hand tools and hand power tools. Welders will also frequently use manual and computer-operated machinery for drilling, milling and cutting.
Next Phase regularly has opportunities for Welder Fabricators and MIG/TIG Welders working on armoured vehicles focusing on vehicle protection systems, seats and the installation of sub systems. Previous experience of working on automotive or military projects is highly advantageous for these welding jobs.
Skills Required for a Career in Welding
- NVQ Certification in Fabrication & Welding Engineering Level 2 and 3-
- City and Guilds trained
- Welding standards to BS4872-1: 1982 and BS9606-1
- Understanding of technical plans
- Ability to concentrate for long periods
- Reasonable maths and measuring skills
- self- motived, able to work as part of a team
Salary Levels and Career Progression
The starting salary for a career in welding is around £16,000 to £19,000 which can increase to around £35,000 for highly experienced welders. Due to the nature of the work and the need to be flexible with regard to location, many welders work on a self-employed contract basis for which the hourly rate is around £16. With experience and a good track record, welders may be promoted to a supervisory role or be a workshop manager.
Maidenhead is a large town in the county of Berkshire in the South-East region of England approximately 30 miles from London, 13 from Reading and 32 from Oxford. Other major towns within easy reach of Maidenhead include Slough, Marlow, Henley on Thames and Windsor. Maidenhead enjoys excellent transport connections, being located on the A4 and M4 and having regular trains services into London which means that many residents commute into London, Slough, Reading and other towns.
The three main industries in Maidenhead and surrounding areas are pharmaceuticals & life science, visitor economy and digital technologies. Pharmaceutical and Life Science companies in the Maidenhead area include Abbvie, GSK and Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, Biogen Idec, Covance, Inventiv Health, Sanofi Pasteur and Seqirus. Maidenhead lies on the “Silicon Corridor” which is home to numerous digital and other technology companies Telecommunications, Cyber Security, Data Centres and Cloud Computing, Big Data companies include Adobe, Hitachi, 3, LexMark and Fujitsu. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is home to many famous attractions including Windsor Castle, Legoland, Royal Ascot and Eton College. It also boasts many high-quality hotels and four restaurants with 3 Michelin stars. As a result, the visitor economy is a major employer in the area.
Famous people from Maidenhead: Geraldine James, actress and Hugh Lofting, author and creator of Dr Dolittle.