If you are comfortable in a first line supervision role, then welding supervisor jobs may be up your alley. Not everyone is comfortable in this type of role, so be careful of taking it on just because the opportunity becomes available. For the person with the right personality this is however a very rewarding job and well worth pursuing. Good, experienced welding supervisors are often well compensated because they are critical to the success of most welding based projects.
welding supervisor jobs are filled by people that started out as Welders. Understanding the welding world
well, and understanding the pressures and incentives on Welders, is very
important. It is therefore very advantageous to have the background as a Welder,
if you want to get into welding supervision. As a Welder you will also know
what resources are typically required for different types of jobs, and how
productive you can expect your Welders to be.
it is possible to get welding supervisor jobs with a background in other trades,
such as fitting or boilermaker, you will have a distinct advantage as a Welder.
it would be possible to become a welding supervisor purely through training
provided by your employer, it does limit you in your options if you need or
want to change employers. It then becomes very advantageous to obtain a
qualification recognized in your country. Some countries like Australia have
their own welding supervisor qualification. (Known as “cert 10” – This refers
to the requirements specified in the Australian standard AS 1796.) In the USA,
the American Welding Society (AWS) also manages a Certified Welding Supervisor
(CWS) scheme. It will make you much more marketable for welding supervisor jobs if you do one of those specific
route to getting welding supervisor jobs is to obtain a qualification that would be recognized internationally. A
typical example is the International Welding Specialist (IWS) qualification
provided by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) through their local
Accredited National Bodies. (ANB)
the technical qualifications and experience, the first line supervisory skills
are also very important. Typical additional training required in welding supervisor jobs are typically as follows:
many Welders, making the move to welding supervision is a very natural step,
and is the usual “promotion” that is offered to Welders in larger
organizations. That kind of structured job environment does however only offer
a limited number of opportunities for you to get into welding supervision, if
that is your aim. Waiting for your boss to retire or get a promotion before you
have an opportunity for promotion is a rather fatalistic way to approach life.
If you want to become a welding supervisor, then the routes and resources for
you to get there, on your own steam, are available. There are also many
contract companies that will be happy to give you an opportunity if you come
with the right training and good experience. The contract employers do not want
to spend a lot of time and money on training up personnel which may only be
temporary in any case.
the opportunities are there for you to get the welding supervisor jobs, if you are
prepared to put in the extra effort under your own steam.