Welding Engineer

Welding Engineers employ their extensive knowledge of physics, engineering, metallurgy, materials, welding, and standards to design, examine, and evaluate welds as well as to plan, supervise, and document welding operations in accordance with relevant codes, contracts or drawings. The role of the Welding Engineer is critical to the integrity of the vast number of buildings, vehicles, machinery and products that require welds.


Investigate welding related issues to improve product performance and increase productivity.

Design welded parts, assemblies and structures such as buildings, pressure vessels, and pipelines.

Develop repair procedures and assess flaws to determine the fitness-for-service of structures.

Develop standards, materials, weld joint design, and welding processes.

Develop welding process procedure qualification, supplier qualification, and product testing.

Troubleshoot welding problems and provide corrective solutions.

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Recommended Education

Bachelor’s degree in welding engineering, welding engineering technology, etc.

Advanced Education

Master’s or Ph.D. in welding engineering, metallurgy, material science, etc.

Recommended Training

Related welding and fabrication work experience

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program

Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welding Inspector, AWS Certified Welding Engineer

Advanced Certification

P.E., P.Eng. License

Organized and detail oriented.

Highly motivated and self-directed.

Analytical thinker and problem-solver.

Excellent communication, writing, and computer skills.

Ability to create, design, and analyze blueprints and drawings.

Many welding engineers work in a mix of environments both inside and outside of the office that may include manufacturing facilities, testing labs, and active constructions sites. Frequent travel may be required.