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We give self-employed contract welding engineers an incredible platform to showcase their individual talents

A welding engineer may find client projects for all companies, from utilities to manufacturing, contingent on their engineering background knowledge and prior work experience. Many welding engineering professionals are extremely versatile and understand one welding process and many different joining processes.

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OUR EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

4-YEAR BACHELOR’S DEGREE
  • Welding Engineering Technology
2-YEAR ASSOCIATE DEGREE
  • Welding Engineering Technology
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
  • American Welding Society
  • Certified Welding Inspector

  • Certified Welding Engineer

  • Any certification from an accredited welding institute

OR +5 YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

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You will have oversight of customers’ complex weld engineering projects

Our weld engineers must have some knowledge of the following weld or joining processes:

• Laser Welding (LW)
• Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
• Resistance Spot Welding (RSW)
• Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
• Projection Welding (PW)
• Drawn Arc Stud Welding (DAW)
• Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
• Self Piecing Riveting (SPR)
• Gluing or Sealant
• Clinching

Depending on the welding engineers’ specific expertise, many projects listed on the platform for contract welding engineer jobs will introduce them to new client facilities located throughout the United States. 

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WELD ENGINEERS MUST BE DETAILED FOCUSED

WELDING SPECIFICATIONS

Welding engineers oversee and design complex welding projects. A welding engineer must know how to read and interpret welding codes and client specifications to meet quality assurance requirements. In addition, a welding engineer is responsible for writing the welding procedure for any welding process in the manufacturing facility.

FILLER MATERIAL SELECTION

The engineer must know which welding filler materials to use on each application. The welding engineer needs to know the base material, heat treatment, welding position, welding code or specification, and shielding gas used to select the best filler material for the welding process.

WELDING EQUIPMENT PROGRAMMING

Welding engineers must know how to program weld parameters in the weld controller and adjust the other weld setting in these welding systems. In addition, clients will use different welding equipment. Hence, as a contract weld engineer, it is important to learn how to adjust all of the welding functions when operating new welding technology for the first time.

ROBOT PROGRAMMING OR CONTROLS ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE

It is important to learn other related jobs such as robot programming or controls engineering as a welding engineer. Weld engineers work closely with industrial robots, so robot programming is a great skill to learn in the welding industry. In addition, welding engineers often provide technical support for controls engineers, so understanding how programmable logic control (PLC) works on the manufacturing floor is incredibly beneficial to the success of a project.

WELD QUALITY

A welding engineer must validate welds by either destructive or non-destructive testing methods. Working with a certified welding inspector will help with weld quality assurance during the manufacturing process.

WELD TRAINING

Contract weld engineers may be asked to train the clients’ engineering staff or weld technicians. They may also be asked to train and qualify welders.

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WELD ENGINEER SALARY

A welding engineer's salary can vary depending on specific job requirements and experience.

Many weld engineers with robot programming, control engineering, or other joining experience or knowledge will reach annual earnings well over $100,000.

The rates for welding engineer jobs vary per project and are dependent on their experience, technical welding skills required, and job location.

A senior welding engineer can earn an above-average salary, especially if they experience unique welding processes or welding applications.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AS A SELF-EMPLOYED CONTRACT WELDING ENGINEER

WELD EQUIPMENT

Welding equipment will require maintenance or need replacement of welding consumables. It is also up to the contract welding engineer to repair the client’s welding equipment.

PROGRAM WELDING PARAMETERS

The engineer must know how to set and program welding parameters on the client’s welding equipment. They must understand the main welding variables (voltage, amperage, travel speed) and the secondary welding variables such as; torch angle, welding position, shielding gas, welding technique, arc length, and pulsing parameters.

WELD PROCESSES

A contract weld engineer needs to know what welding and joining processes their clients use. For example, resistance welding is completely different from laser or underwater welding. Having a strong understanding of at least one welding process will help an engineer understand other joining processes.

WELD APPLICATION TYPE

During a contractor’s welding career, they will most likely work with different weld applications from manual welding, semi-automated welding, or fully automated robotic weld systems. Likewise, welding engineer jobs will offer engineers a large variety of experience with different application types, especially contract engineers.

WELDING SPECIFICATIONS AND WELD QUALITY

Contract weld engineers must learn the clients’ weld specifications and weld code requirements and make sure all welding processes meet these standards. In addition, the weld engineer’s responsibility is to create welding documentation to meet weld quality standards, like welding procedure specification (WPS)and procedure qualification record (PQR) sheets.

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