Starting a Welding Service
- Price: £5.99
- Published: August 2015
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- What are the key market issues and trends?
- What are the main trading issues?
- Further information
Welding services fabricate and repair metalwork including gates, fire escapes, railings, pipework, worktops, manufacturing plant and custom car parts such as exhausts. Most welders operate on a mobile basis providing on-site repairs and installations at their customers' premises.
Welding is a skilled trade, and self-employed welders often work on a subcontract basis for construction firms, manufacturers, car bodyshops, oil and gas companies, and other industrial customers. Others have specialist skills and training, such as diving qualifications that are required in order to carry out underwater welding. 'Coded' welders are those welders who have undertaken 'welder approval certification' qualifications in specific welding processes which demonstrate that their work meets British Standards, and as such they can charge higher rates than welders with lower-grade or no formal qualifications.
Welding is an extremely high-risk occupation involving a variety of potential health and safety hazards. This is due to the requirement to work at high temperatures using potentially hazardous gases and electric current to melt metals and create welded joints. Welders are also at risk from exposure to radiation from the arc that is created when metal is bonded, which can damage the skin and eyes.
This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a welder. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.