Welders are employed predominantly in the oil and gas fabrication and construction industry. They are involved in the fabrication and construction of oil and gas equipment and major production facilities. Welders are responsible for cutting, shaping and joining sections of metal, alloys or other materials using specialist welding methods and according to specific design drawings and specifications. Common types of welding including oxyacetylene, metal inert gas (MIG), manual metal arc (MMA), tungsten inert gas (TIG), laser and ultrasonic.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Uses suitable safety equipment e.g. harnesses, cradles, protective personal equipment
  • Selects materials to be cut or joined
  • Follows engineering instructions and drawings and ensures that welding procedures are followed in line with specific welding codes
  • Uses the most suitable welding method for the job Inspects and tests cuts and joins
  • Works in a safe manner at all times, ensuring that the permit to work system is followed
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Welders form an important part of a fabrication / construction team to ensure that structures, pipe work and other items are fabricated in line with specification and in a safe manner. Welders are found in a variety of organisations including major Engineering Contractors, Drilling Contractors, Construction and Fabrication Specialists, service companies and equipment suppliers. They may be based onshore in a workshop or construction yard, or offshore on a platform or drilling rig. In addition they are often employed on major oil and gas construction projects both in the UK and internationally. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Recognised formal Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding
  • Recognised UK Welding Qualification
  • Recognised Welder Coding test for the type of welding work required
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Trades test/certification

Employers might also look for:

  • Construction Skills
  • Offshore experience
  • General labourer experience