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Welders & Flame Cutters

Descriptions & Duties

  • Welders & Flame Cutters join, cut and deposit metals including filling holes, indentions, or seams of metal products. Their duties include studying specifications and calculating dimensions to be welded; welding and cutting metal parts ; making and repairing pipes and other fixtures; monitoring welding process to avoid overheating of parts; carrying out all necessary safety precautions; inspecting work pieces to ensure conformance with specifications; repairing products by dismantling, straightening, reshaping, and reassembling parts.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Technical skills

Welders & Flame Cutters must be able to operate manual or semiautomatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments.

Physical strength

Welders & Flame Cutters must be able to lift heavy pieces of metal and move welding or cutting equipment.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically gain skills through work experiences

Professional qualification

  • holders of valid certificates for performing gas welding or flame cutting work, obtained through successful completion of relevant education and training (refer to Related Education and Training)


  • must closely observe the code of practice and undertaking released by the Labour Department

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 5-8

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 8-10

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Welders & Flame Cutters perform physically demanding work. They should follow precautions and wear protective equipment. They are exposed to intense light and very hot materials.


  • Blow torch
  • Flame cutting machine
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Goggles
  • Hammers
  • Hand clamps
  • Ladders
  • Levels
  • Hoists
  • Protective gloves
  • Welding generator
  • Shears
  • Metal slitting saw
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Welding masks
  • Scaffolding
  • Two way radios
  • Wire brushes - Power wire brushes

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