Welding Supervisor

Welding Supervisors combine management skills with an extensive knowledge of welding processes and welding economics to plan, staff, monitor, and safely deliver welding projects according to schedule and budget. These responsibilities place Welding Supervisors in a unique position to increase productivity and product quality in every industry that uses welding as a core process in the manufacturing of products.


Communicate job expectations and performance requirements to welders.

Serve as a liaison with designers, clients and other stakeholders to maximize efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction.


Initiate, coordinate and enforce production, safety, and quality systems, policies, and procedures.

Ensure that all welding meets the specified requirements before inspection is initiated.

Ensure that welded material and consumables meet specifications.

Education & Training

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

Minimum Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, engineering technology, etc.

Recommended Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, industrial management, etc.

Advanced Education

Bachelor’s degree in welding, welding engineering, industrial/project management, etc.

Recommended Training

Related welding and management work experience.

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program.

Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder, AWS Certified Welding Supervisor, AWS Certified Welding Inspector.

Organized and detail oriented.

Leadership and teaching/mentoring.

Optimize welding productivity and performance.

Interpret welding symbols and technical drawings.

Knowledge of welder and welding safety standards.

Project management methodology.

Many Welding supervisors work in manufacturing or shop environments, however some field or travel opportunities are available.