Salaries for a B.S. Degree in Welding Engineering Technology

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Welding Engineers develop processes for welders
Welding Engineers develop processes for welders (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

According to the Weld-Ed website, welding engineers develop the welding process and manage welders as they perform their duties of permanently joining metal parts via heat to metal and fuse a permanent bond in metals. Their work begins before any actual welding, production or construction begins and continues through the process. They troubleshoot problems and ensure safetystandards are met. Welding engineers bring a combination of knowledge about electricity, welding, materials science, or metallurgy, manufacturing and construction.

Education and Training

Welding engineers have either a bachelor’s degree in welding technology or degrees in mechanical, manufacturing, metallurgy or industrial engineering. In addition, employers require welding engineers to have or acquire American Welding Society certification. Qualifications are either a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering technology plus two years of experience; a related degree plus 5 years' experience; an associate degree and 10 years' experience; and high school graduates must have the equivalent of 15 years of experience.

Welding engineers study blueprints, construction, and electrical technology
Welding engineers study blueprints, construction, and electrical technology (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Salaries and Compensation

As of May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, materials engineers earned a media salary of $83,120, with the highest earning more than $126,800 and the lowest earning a median of $51,680. The industries that employ the most engineers are aerospace, architectural and semiconductor. While employers across a number of industries hire welding engineers from auto manufacturing, shipbuilding, racing, aerospace, and construction. Top paying states for material engineers are Maryland, Alaska, California, Washington and Kansas, respectively. The highest salaries for welding engineers were in the shipbuilding Industry with a median salary of $84,000.salaries for Materials Engineer

Employment Opportunities

B.S. welding technology grads are hired as welding engineers, quality assurance engineers, manufacturing engineers, and technical sales, reports Weber University, which is one of the four universities in the U.S. which offers a B.S. welding engineering technology degree program. As of 2010, the most jobs for welding engineers were located in California, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Market Demand and Outlook

As of publication date, the job search website Indeed.com lists 237 jobs nationwide for welding engineers. Big name employers include Westinghouse, Johnson Controls, (Pacific Gas & Electric Company) PG&E, Dresser-Rand and engineering firm Babcock & Wilcox Posted salaries ranged from to $50,000 to more than $160,000. The highest paying position was for a metallurgical engineering position in Dhahran,Saudi Arabia for Houston headquartered Saudi Aramco. BLS predicts average job growth for materials engineers from 2008 through 2018.

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