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Welding Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops welding techniques and equipment for use in metal fabrication and product manufacturing. Researches welding techniques and engineers welding equipment and processes.

Job Outlook

There were 13 Welding Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 444 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Materials Engineer industry, which includes the Welding Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Welding Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,783.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,641.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Welding Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $74,781.

Education and Experience

Posted Welding Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree83%
Master's Degree17%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Welding Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years25%
3 to 5 years52%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years14%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Welding Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (36%)
  • Communication Skills (33%)
  • Problem Solving (28%)
  • Microsoft Office (23%)
  • Research (20%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Welding (96%)
  • Welding Equipment (27%)
  • Robotics (27%)
  • Gas-metal Arc Welding (GMAW) (25%)
  • Arc Welding (22%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (18%)
  • Technical Support (18%)
  • Repair (17%)
  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Machining (6%)
  • Heat Treatment (6%)
  • Robot Programming (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Radiographic Testing (1%) – marginal value $2,489
  • Equipment Design (1%) – marginal value $2,080
  • Process Engineering (2%) – marginal value $1,523
  • Engineering Analysis (1%) – marginal value $1,233

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Welding Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Weld Engineer
  • Senior Welding Engineer
  • Expert Engineer-Welding
  • Advanced Welding Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Welding Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Bwx Technologies Incorporated (9)
  • Lincoln Electric Company (8)
  • Actalent (7)
  • Honeywell (7)
  • The Kleinfelder Group, Inc (7)

North Carolina

  • The Kleinfelder Group, Inc (7)
  • Gkn Plc (1)
  • Gkn Aerospace (1)
  • Flowserve (1)

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