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Working As A Welding Engineer

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $93,322

    Average Salary

What Does A Welding Engineer Do

Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and biomedical devices. They study the properties and structures of metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, nanomaterials (extremely small substances), and other substances to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements. They also help select materials for specific products, develop new ways to use existing materials, and develop new materials.

Duties

Materials engineers typically do the following:

  • Plan and evaluate new projects, consulting with other engineers and managers as necessary
  • Prepare proposals and budgets, analyze labor costs, write reports, and perform other managerial tasks
  • Supervise the work of technologists, technicians, and other engineers and scientists
  • Design and direct the testing of processing procedures
  • Monitor how materials perform and evaluate how they deteriorate
  • Determine causes of product failure and develop ways of overcoming such failure
  • Evaluate technical specifications and economic factors relating to the design objectives of processes or products

Materials engineers create and study materials at an atomic level. They use computers to replicate the characteristics of materials and their components. They solve problems in a number of engineering fields, such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, nuclear, and aerospace.

Materials engineers may specialize in understanding specific types of materials. The following are examples of types of materials engineers:

Ceramic engineers develop ceramic materials and the processes for making them into useful products, from high-temperature rocket nozzles to glass for LCD flat-panel displays.

Composites engineers develop materials with special, engineered properties for applications in aircraft, automobiles, and related products.

Metallurgical engineers specialize in metals, such as steel and aluminum, usually in alloyed form with additions of other elements to provide specific properties.

Plastics engineers develop and test new plastics, known as polymers, for new applications.

Semiconductor processing engineers apply materials science and engineering principles to develop new microelectronic materials for computing, sensing, and related applications.

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How To Become A Welding Engineer

Materials engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering or in a related engineering field. Completing internships and cooperative engineering programs while in school can be helpful in getting a position as a materials engineer.

Education

Students interested in studying materials engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; in science, such as biology, chemistry, and physics; and in computer programming.

Entry-level jobs as a materials engineer require a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs include classroom and laboratory work focusing on engineering principles.

Some colleges and universities offer a 5-year program leading to both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. A graduate degree, which may be at the Ph.D. level, allows an engineer to work as a postsecondary teacher or to do research and development.

Many colleges and universities offer internships and cooperative programs in partnership with industry. In these programs, students gain practical experience while completing their education.

Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have graduated from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Materials engineers often work on projects related to other fields of engineering. They must determine how materials will be used and how they must be structured to withstand different conditions.

Math skills. Materials engineers use the principals of calculus and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Materials engineers must understand the relationship between materials’ structures, their properties, how they are made, and how these factors affect the products they are used to make. They must also figure out why a product might have failed, design a solution, and then conduct tests to make sure that the product does not fail again. These skills involve being able to identify root causes when many factors could be at fault.

Speaking skills. While working with technicians, technologists, and other engineers, materials engineers must state concepts and directions clearly. When speaking with managers, these engineers must also be able to communicate engineering concepts to people who may not have an engineering background.

Writing skills. Materials engineers must write plans and reports clearly so that people without a materials engineering background can understand the concepts.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure for materials engineers is not as common as it is for other engineering occupations, nor it is required for entry-level positions. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken after graduation from college. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own requirements.

Certification in the field of metallography, the science and art of dealing with the structure of metals and alloys, is available through ASM International and other materials science organizations.

Additional training in fields directly related to metallurgy and materials’ properties, such as corrosion or failure analysis, is available through ASM International.

Advancement

Junior materials engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers may receive formal training in classrooms or seminars. As engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects where they have greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, materials engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Many become engineering managers or move into other managerial positions or sales work. An engineering background is useful in sales because it enables sales engineers to discuss a product’s technical aspects and assist in product planning, installation, and use. For more information, see the profiles on architectural and engineering managers and sales engineers.

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Welding Engineer Career Paths

Welding Engineer
Application Engineer Project Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Weld Inspector Quality Control Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Engineer Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer
Senior Process Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Process Engineer Product Engineer
Senior Product Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Project Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Welding Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.8%

Female

7.0%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

81.7%

Asian

8.3%

Hispanic or Latino

7.8%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

French

15.4%

Irish

7.7%

Chinese

7.7%

Vietnamese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Polish

7.7%

Italian

7.7%
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Welding Engineer Education

Schools

Ohio State University

24.7%

Ferris State University

22.4%

Utah State University

8.0%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

6.9%

LeTourneau University

6.3%

Weber State University

5.7%

Iowa State University

2.9%

University of Kentucky

2.3%

Pennsylvania State University

2.3%

Texas A&M University

2.3%

Wayne State University

1.7%

University of Louisville

1.7%

Muskegon Community College

1.7%

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

1.7%

Kirkwood Community College

1.7%

Western Michigan University

1.7%

Purdue University

1.7%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

1.7%

Northeastern State University

1.1%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1.1%
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Majors

Industrial Technology

33.1%

Mechanical Engineering

14.1%

Precision Metal Working

10.7%

Business

7.5%

Engineering

6.1%

Engineering Technology

4.0%

Materials Science And Engineering

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Metallurgical Engineering

2.1%

General Studies

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Management

1.1%

Drafting And Design

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%

Property Management

1.1%

Computer Science

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Other

21.4%

Masters

16.7%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.8%

License

0.2%
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Real Welding Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Subsea Materials & Welding Engineer G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 14, 2011 $312,000
Subsea Materials & Welding Engineer G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 14, 2014 $312,000
Senior Welding Engineer Oil States Industries, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 19, 2015 $138,986
Senior Welding Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2014 $125,000
Senior Welding Engineer Oil States Industries, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 03, 2016 $119,933
Senior Welding Engineer Serimax North America LLC Houston, TX Oct 17, 2014 $118,186
Senior Welding Engineer Serimax North America LLC Houston, TX Apr 25, 2016 $116,730
Materials & Welding Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $112,500
Welding Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $112,000
Weld Engineer Chart Energy and Chemicals, Inc. New Iberia, LA Sep 15, 2012 $110,000
Welding Engineer Oceanika Yachts Inc. Miami, FL Mar 19, 2015 $109,500
Welding Engineer Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 04, 2013 $107,439
Senior Welding Engineer M+W U.S., Inc. Hopewell Junction, NY Oct 01, 2011 $107,000
Senior Welding Engineer Serimax North America, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $106,000
Assembly Laser Welding Engineer Keihin IPT Mfg. LLC Greenfield, IN Jul 09, 2016 $102,000
Senior Welding Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 27, 2012 $100,000
Senior Welding Engineer Greatbatch, Ltd. Clarence, NY Sep 21, 2014 $99,840
Welding Engineer Oil States Industries, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 11, 2013 $99,502
Welding Engineer Luk USA LLC Wooster, OH Jun 09, 2016 $98,000 -
$115,000
Welding Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 24, 2014 $97,180
Engineer IV-Welding Engineer Smith International, Inc. Houston, TX May 10, 2010 $96,000
Senior Welding Engineer M+W U.S., Inc. Watervliet, NY Apr 10, 2011 $94,934
Welding Engineer Marks Metal Technology Inc. OR Jul 26, 2010 $90,230
Welding Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $90,000
Welding Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Theodore, AL Oct 01, 2010 $90,000
Division Weld Engineer Trinity Industries, Inc. Dallas, TX May 09, 2016 $88,400
Welding Engineer Mayville Engineering Co., Inc. Wytheville, VA Aug 19, 2016 $87,048
Weld Engineer Ameriforge Group Inc. Greenville, SC Mar 05, 2012 $87,000
Welding Engineer Wood Group Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 17, 2016 $86,840
Welding Engineer C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 22, 2014 $86,520

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Top Skills for A Welding Engineer

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Top Welding Engineer Skills

  1. Procedure Specifications
  2. Asme IX
  3. Welder Training
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed welding procedure specifications and procedure qualification records for pressure vessel and structural products.
  • Supervised welder qualification testing per ASME IX requirements at VEPCO pump storage project.
  • Provided technical assistance at licensee companies, including hands on welder training, leading to successful manufacturing operations.
  • Participated in the procedure qualification result (PQR) of test pieces to check for defects.
  • Increased productivity by 98.33% in the WPS Matrix elaboration process by using Lean Manufacturing tools.

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