The welding engineer ties together all parts of the welding process. They are responsible for evaluating quality of welding operations and researching problems that arise, formulating solutions. They also supervise welding technicians to ensure proper process is being followed and that produced welds are of the highest quality. Welding engineers also have a role in repairing and maintaining welding equipment to ensure it meets the needs of workers and is safe, designing and testing new welding techniques, performing upgrades and repairs to equipment, and reviewing educational materials to ensure it includes the latest advancements in their field.
The welding engineer typically works indoors in a manufacturing facility in which welding occurs. Any manufacturing industry or facility that includes welding (such as automotive construction, foundries, and pipe production facilities) will have need for a welding engineer. Welding engineers report to management and supervisors as needed to report problems in welding processes, equipment, and policy. They are also responsible for reporting problems with regulatory issues.
The welding engineer needs to have a wide range of knowledge of welding processes and procedures to correctly guide welding technicians. However, a welding engineer does not need to have as much hands-on experience, as their role is more about the theory and correct application of welding.
An engineering degree, along with specialized experience in welding sciences and theory, is typically required of a welding engineer. A welding engineer can expect to work hours that suit their facility.
Welding Engineer Tasks
- Ensure all procedures and designs meet regulations and requirements.
- Design and develop new welding techniques, equipment, or fabrication procedures.
- Evaluate current welding techniques and processes and make recommendations for enhancements.
- Remain current in state-of-the-field advancements and incorporate new techniques as appropriate.