44-Welders and flamecutters

Job Title: 

Welders and flamecutters

Job Description: 

Join pieces of metal by applying heat, using filler metal or fusion process. Join parts being manufactured, build structures and repair damaged or worn parts.


Welders, boilermakers and flame cutters weld and cut metal parts using gas flame, electric arc and other sources of heat to melt and cut, or to melt and fuse metal. Also, welders, boilermakers and flame cutters use various welding and cutting processes to join structural steel and cut metal in vessels, piping and other components. They also fabricate parts, tools, machines and equipment used in the construction and manufacturing industries. Welders may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, aerospace, pressure vessel, pipeline, structural welding, and machinery and equipment repair.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • welding metal parts using gas flame, or an electric arc, thermite compound or other methods
  • operating resistance-welding machines
  • using blowtorch to make and repair lead linings, pipes, floors and other lead fixtures
  • brazing metal parts together
  • cutting metal pieces using gas flame or an electric arc
  • joining metal parts by hand soldering
  • monitoring the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material
  • examining work pieces for defects and measuring work pieces with straight edges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications

Knowledge of principles of drafting in the interpretation and production of sketches, including survey and plot plans, architectural, mechanical, structural, 2D and 3D perspectives/models, layouts, and electrical drawings

  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, plant, and materials common to the field of metal fabrication, manufacture and process production covering welding, boilermaking and flame cutting
  • Knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques related to the field of welding, boilermaking and flame cutting
  • Knowledge of metallurgy and materials science
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design, planning, fabrication and process manufacturing of various goods and services
  • Knowledge of materials, fabrication and manufacture processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective fabrication of structures, buildings, fixtures, facilities, plant, equipment, devices and components
  • Knowledge and uses of relevant welding and/or flame cutting IT (software) based machines, applications and programs
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, standards and codes of the UAE and specific Emirates related to welding, boilermaking and flame cutting and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Using mathematics to solve problem
  • Specific skills to work quickly and accurately, to visualize a finished product, and conduct tests and inspections of products, services or processes and perform manual/automated/ robotic welding and/or flame cutting to the quality standard required
  • Good manual dexterity skills as well as good vision, excellent eye?hand coordination and the ability to concentrate on detailed work
  • Skills to effect routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed and monitor gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a plant, machine or equipment is working properly
  • Solving and identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Using proprietary and specific welding and/or flame cutting equipment and software applications as well as management information systems
  • Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Monitoring/assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Flexibility to work effectively in a variety of situations and adapt to new ways of doing things
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience including understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Team work or individual - job may require him to work alone or in conjunction with other support or related personnel.
  • Work Context: 

    May require specific standards based certifications for given welding techniques. May work for employers such as fabrication shops, steel and platform manufacturers, petrochemical refineries, mechanical contractors, transportation contractors (heavy machinery, aircraft, shipbuilding), and specialized welding shops. Their work may be performed outdoors or indoors, and travel may be required to jobs in remote locations. May be self?employed or employed by contractors, utilities, operations and maintenance departments of various companies referred to above.


    Secondary School Certificate, Certificate in welding, boilermaking or related field of work, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Mubadala, AMROC, ADNOC

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Brazier - Flame cutter - Welder
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Industrial mechanics (millwright) - Sheet metal workers - Steamfitters/pipefitters - Metal fabricators (fitter) - Iron workers - Boilermakers.

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi