A welder constructs or repairs metal products by joining parts manually or by machine using a variety of welding methods. These parts are used to complete structures and equipment (such as ships, bridges, pipelines, vehicles and domestic appliances).

Where welders are employed

Welders mainly work in engineering and construction firms, motor vehicle and other manufacturers, the minerals industry, shipyards, and electricity and gas supply authorities. Some are employed by federal, state or territory government departments, or local government authorities. They may work in metropolitan areas, large regional industrial centres, and on remote mining and processing projects.


Full-time welders (first class) in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Welders

Job prospects

In 2011, there were 1,600 people employed full-time as welders (first class) in South Australia compared with 1,686 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a welder you are required to complete an apprenticeship in engineering - fabrication trade. For more information see apprenticeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

See courses related to this occupation.

Licensing or registration requirements

In South Australia, there are currently no licensing or registration requirements for welders.

Many employers will require a minimum of a Certificate III education level or a trade certificate.

Recognition of skills related work experience and qualifications obtained outside Australia

If you have extensive local trade experience but no formal qualifications or an overseas gained trade qualification you can undertake a recognition process to meet industry requirements.

There are many recognition pathways available for both local work experience trades people and overseas trained welders which are dependent on individual circumstances. Pathways include:

  • Undertake the Trades Recognition Service (TRS) skills assessment. TRS provide skills assessment via recognition of prior learning by registered training organisations approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).

  • Engage with a Registered Training organisation to undertake recognition of prior learning and gap training.

  • Complete an apprenticeship to develop your skills in a work environment.

Further gap training may be required after any recognition process to meet qualification and industry requirements.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email arrival@sa.gov.au.

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