A General welder is a skilled tradesperson who uses welding techniques to join metal parts together. They work in a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, and repair.
General welders must also be familiar with welding safety practices, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, ensuring proper ventilation, and following safe welding procedures to avoid injuries and accidents.
In addition to welding, general welders may also be responsible for tasks such as cutting and shaping metal, reading blueprints and technical drawings, and inspecting welds to ensure they meet quality standards.
Working with metals to create high-strength welds in 2 welding positions, using at least 1 arc welding process.
The following standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected from someone to be considered a fully competent General Welder.
General Welders are fully competent in manual welding using at least one arc process. General Welders are required in a number of sectors for example, the steelwork construction sector.
Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. General Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld.
Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for skilled General Welders in areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more. General Welders produce items like components for cars; ships; rail vehicles; simple metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries. Welding is a safety critical occupation and every welder takes responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their work. General Welders are required to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety of all and the global quality of life.
Skilled, qualified, professionally certified General Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in harshest of environments. For these accomplished professionals, the monetary rewards can be significant.
There is a highly complex range of welding skills: the different arc welding processes require different levels of manual dexterity, knowledge and skill to avoid making defective welds. There are a wide range of metallic materials that can be welded, each with different properties and behaviours.
This apprenticeship has a typical duration of 18 months.