Welding Technician

Working on creating the latest products for construction companies like JCB and Caterpillar, Sophy’s two-year mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Hydram has led to a full-time position, several promotions, and being able to work somewhere where she really fits in.

“My non-work friends think I’m weird; but they’re all in offices doing business admin all day, that just doesn’t appeal to me.”

As a Welding Technician, Sophy’s particular expertise is in a technique called metal active gas (MAG) welding and most days you’ll find her using this process on specialist vehicles and machinery for the construction industry.

Growing up, it was clear to her family and friends at school that Sophy would flourish in a technical career. Her whole family were keen on go-kart racing; she was the one tinkering underneath trying to figure out how it all worked. She also took any chance she could get to get involved in after-school projects where she could have a go at practising technical skills. 

Now she's found her calling, she couldn't be happier.

Sophy's career pathway

  • 2012 Left school with a combination of GCSEs and BTEC qualifications. Began a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with Hydram
  • 2013 Opted to specialise in metal active gas (MAG) welding
  • 2014 Completed her apprenticeship and commenced a Mechanical Engineering HNC. Started full time in the welding section and began to mentor new Hydram apprentices
  • 2016 Moved into a Junior Design Engineer role
  • 2018 Completed a HNC and started being supported by Hydram to do a Mechanical Engineering Degree

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What it takes to be a Welding Technician

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Average salary

Average salary for this job in the UK £30,160
Average salary for a job in the UK* £26,260

Employment statuses

  • Full Time Employed: 60,028
  • Part Time Employed: 1,762
  • Self Employed: 9,389
  • TOTAL EMPLOYED: 71,179

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