Welder (First Class) ANZSCO Code: 322313

A competent specialist who uses numerous welding techniques to repair and strengthen metal structures is known as a Welder First Class. They use techniques including flux core welding, MIG, and GTAW to work with a variety of materials, such as carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. To ascertain the needs of the task, they examine specifications, drawings, and blueprints. Welder uses a variety of welding processes to create and repair metal items.

Welder (First Class) performing high-precision welding, ANZSCO Code: 322313

Occupation Descriptions

Welder uses a variety of welding processes to create and repair metal items.
Their job involves:

  • Examining specifications, drawings, and blueprints to ascertain the needs of the work. 
  • Choosing, sanitizing, and getting ready for the metal supply.
  • Utilizing metal cutting machines, flame-cutting torches, and manual tools to cut designated metal parts and shapes. 
  • Use machine and hand tools, heat, and pounding to shape and bend metal pipes and parts.
  • Use measuring devices and manual tools to position the elements that will be connected. 
  • Bolting, riveting, and a variety of welding processes are used to join metal pieces. 
  • Checking the precision, penetration, and width of the bead on welds. 
  • Products for cleaning and finishing.

How will I be assessed?

Stage 1:

Documentary Evidence Assessment

We will examine your documentation to make sure it satisfies the training and employment criteria and proves you have the required expertise, experience, and knowledge to work as a welder.  

Below is information regarding the documentation, training, and employment requirements:

  • Download the Evidence guide to find out what evidence you should provide with your application.
  • You must also locate information on assessments for your particular occupation if you are on Pathway 1.
  • Video guide 
  • Observation report
  • Please refer to the Pathway 1 Employment Experience Guidelines for details regarding the employment experience criteria for a Pathway 1 application.
  • Please read the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide if you are applying for a Pathway 2 examination.

Stage 2:

Technical Assessment

After passing Stage 1, you’ll need to finish a technical evaluation.

For additional details about the technical assessment, refer to the Pathway 1 Technical Assessment Guide and the Pathway 2 Candidate Guide.

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    What skills and knowledge do I need?

    This job requires the MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade as a prerequisite. In order to receive this certification, you have to prove that you are proficient in the competencies shown in the table on page 3. A subset of the knowledge and abilities needed in Australian businesses are defined in each unit of competency.

    You must achieve 32 units of competency:

    • 12 core units
    • 20 elective units

    All of the prerequisite units, as well as the core and elective units of competency, must be shown by you.

    NOTE:  denotes the presence of a prerequisite in a unit.

    core units

    Safety, communication and quality in engineering


    Work in engineering and manufacturing in a safe and efficient manner.


    Arrange and convey data.


    Schedule your work tasks.


    Undertake manual handling


    Engage in work practices that are environmentally friendly.


    Interact with computing technology


    Help in the delivery of on-the-job training


    Perform computations


    Perform engineering measurements

    Engineering tools


    Use hand tools


    Use power tools/hand held operations


    Interpret technical drawing

    Elective units


    Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

    Welding safety and processes


    Select welding processes


    Apply safe welding practices

    Heating, cutting and shaping


    Carry out mechanical cutting


    Perform manual heating and thermal cutting


    Execute sophisticated manual gouging, shaping, and heat cutting

    Selecting two of the four welding streams listed below is welding.

    i) Manual metal arc welding


    Perform routine manual metal arc welding


    Use a manual metal arc welding procedure to weld.


    Utilize a manual metal arc welding procedure to perform advanced welding.

    ii) Gas tungsten arc welding


    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding


    Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process


    Utilizing the gas tungsten arc welding technology, perform advanced welding

    iii) Gas metal arc welding


    Execute routine arc welding of gas metal.


    Weld using gas metal arc welding process


    Use the flux core arc welding technology to perform advanced welding.

    iv) Flux core arc welding


    Perform routine flux core arc welding


    Weld using flux core arc welding process


    Perform advanced welding using flux core arc welding process

    Select two more units from the list below (they have to be distinct from the streams you have chosen).


    Perform routine manual metal arc welding


    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding


    Perform routine gas metal arc welding


    Perform routine flux core arc welding


    Monitor quality of production welding/fabrications


    Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes


    Assemble fabricated components


    Repair, replace and/or modify fabrications


    Install pipework and pipework assemblies


    Assemble, swap out, and dismantle engineering components.

    How to Apply

    If you are a tradesperson, someone who has experience in your field and is familiar with your qualifications will evaluate your skills and knowledge. As Australia’s top trade assessment organization, VETASSES can evaluate 27 distinct trade occupations. 

    Step 1

    Verify if you are qualified to apply for a Trade Skills Evaluation.  

    Step 2

    Recognize the Evaluation Procedure  

    Step 3

    Verify the kind of proof that you could be required to submit.  

    Step 4

    Find out how much your trade skills assessment will cost upfront.  

    Step 5

    Apply now. 

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