Coded welders fuse materials together through the application of heat. They may work with a range of materials, including steel and aluminium.
No set entry qualifications are required to work in coded welder jobs. However, employers and colleges tend to require GCSEs in English, science and maths. Apprenticeship schemes provide a common entry route into coded welder jobs and involve undertaking work experience while studying for a qualification such as an NVQ Level 2 or 3 in fabrication and welding engineering, a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in manufacturing engineering (fabrication and welding), or a City & Guilds Award in welding skills.
To enter into employment, welders require excellent hand-to-eye co-ordination and concentration skills, good manual dexterity, perseverance, a high standard of physical fitness, good eyesight, an awareness of health and safety, and an ability to understand technical drawings.
Coded welders are employed by small and large companies in the oil and gas industry. Contract work is often readily available. Jobs for coded welders are advertised in newspapers, specialist websites and through recruitment agencies.
Trainee or apprentice coded welder salaries start at around £7,500 a year, increasing to around £12,000 once qualifications have been achieved. Qualified coded welders may earn as much as £30,000 a year. Experienced welders may move into supervisory or staff management roles.