Welders play key roles in the manufacturing process. Their work varies from repair and maintenance welding, to construction and fabrication.

Welders’ skills are used in the construction and maintenance of pipelines, boilers, nuclear reactors, pressure vessels, motor vehicles, oil rigs and turbine castings. They need to be competent in welding many different types of metal (mild steel, stainless steel or aluminium) using various processes. Recognising welding defects and being able to correct them is also part of the job.

Welders must also be able to identify welding electrodes and filler wire compositions and know how to store and dry electrodes and fluxes. The most common types of welding are electric, arc, resistance and gas welding. Other methods include the use of electron beams and laser beams.

Personal Requirements

  • at least 16 years old
  • willing to conform to rigid performance standards
  • able to produce work of high quality
  • able to concentrate
  • work accurately and carefully
  • manual dexterity
  • good eyesight
  • willing to keep up-to-date with advances in technique and equipment


  • motor manufacturing industry
  • electricity supply industry
  • explosives and allied industries
  • metal industries
  • railway undertakings
  • heavy and light engineering industries
  • gate and fence industry
  • self-employment, with enough experience can practice this trade privately or start own business

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a factory where welding takes place
  • speak to welders and ask for permission to observe them at work
  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area


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