5215- WELDING TRADES
Fabricator-welder,Fitter-welder,Spot welder (metal),Welder,Welding technician
Welding trades workers join metal parts by welding, brazing and soldering, and cut and remove defects from metal using a variety of equipment and techniques.
Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an appropriate GNVQ/GSVQ. Training is typically by apprenticeship incorporating practical experience and technical training. NVQs/SVQs are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Welders must normally pass a competency test in the particular type of welding to be carried out.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details
The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 7
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 13.3
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details
- selects appropriate welding equipment such as electric arc, gas torch, etc.;
- connects wires to power supply, or hoses to oxygen, acetylene, argon, carbon dioxide, electric arc, or other source and adjusts controls to regulate gas pressure and rate of flow;
- cuts metal pieces using gas torch or electric arc;
- guides electrode or torch along line of weld, burns away damaged areas, and melts brazing alloy or solder into joints;
- cleans and smoothes weld;
- checks finished workpiece for defects and conformity with specification.