Welders (First Class) fabricate and repair metal products using various welding techniques.

Specialisations: Special Class Welder.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Welder (First Class).

Tasks

  • Aligns parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instrument.
  • Joins metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting.
  • Examines welds for width of bead, penetration and precision.
  • Cleans and smoothes welds by filing, chiselling and grinding.

More about Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

All Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

  • $1,541 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Welders (First Class)

  • 19,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Welders (First Class) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 23,000 in 2011 to 19,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Welders (First Class) work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers.

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing54.6
Construction22.6
Other Services4.1
Mining3.1
Other Industries15.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateWelders (First Class)All Jobs Average
NSW25.731.6
VIC28.125.6
QLD17.020.0
SA7.87.0
WA16.810.8
TAS3.02.0
NT1.41.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketWelders (First Class)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.6-5.05.0
20-249.1-9.39.3
25-3422.2-22.922.9
35-4425.5-22.022.0
45-5423.1-21.621.6
55-598.3-9.09.0
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationWelders (First Class)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV59.4-21.121.1
Year 1211.4-18.118.1
Year 115.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below18.0-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Welder (First Class).

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Employers look for Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and who have good people skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    60% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Technical design

    58% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Production and processing

    51% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Engineering and technology

    49% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Mathematics

    49% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4121.06 - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Indoors, not heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4121.06 - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters.

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