A Complete Guide to Welding and Fabrication Jobs in Ireland

Posted April 12, 2021 in Zenco News
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The Manufacturing Sector in Ireland

“The manufacturing sector in Ireland employs 205,700 people directly and 400,000 people across all skill levels. It is an integral part of Ireland’s economic fabric, it is a key driver of innovation, a crucial player in Ireland’s return to export-led growth and contributes to employment across all skill levels and in all regions throughout the country” – Richard Bruton (Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation 2020) Manufacturing is experiencing rapid change, as it changes, so does the capabilities required by the industry’s workers. These capabilities bring developed economies very much back into play for investment in manufacturing activities.

It is important that manufacturing workers are pioneering this change, developing their professional skillsets and leading the Irish manufacturing sector during the economic recovery which is to come in the next few years.

What do recruiters look for in Welders & Fabricators?

Welders & Fabricators in Ireland stand out if they have the relevant certs necessary for working a certain job – this is true regardless of whether the job is for MIG, TIG, Stick or Pipe welding. Changing jobs frequently is a massive red flag for recruiters unless the candidate was performing contract work. Being able to hold down a job is one of the most desirable traits a candidate can have. Location is also important, where is the work located and would the candidate be willing to commute or relocate for work?

4 Top Tips for Welding & Fabrication Professionals CVs

The CV is the first interaction you have with your potential employer. Your CV gives you a chance to show your potential employer what you’re about, what your key skills are, what experience you have and why you’re the right person for the job. – Example of a welding CV – This is why having a well-structured and clearly laid out CV is super important.

#1 – Don’t use Indeed CV’s, personal CV’s stand out more

Indeed CVs should be your last resort if you are applying for a job. Employers and recruiters will spend more time looking at a CV that has been created by the candidate themselves and in turn will have a much better chance of being called for interview. Personal CVs are easy to upload to Indeed and should be used for every job you apply for.

#2 – Make sure relevant certs are outlined on your CV, e.g Safe Pass, Manual Handling, IPAF

When applying for a role, make sure to include your relevant certs with your application. 
This speeds up the process and will almost guarantee you an interview.  If this isn’t possible, be sure to outline what certs you have on your CV whether it is a Safe PassManual HandlingIPAF etc

#3 – Outline all relevant experience

Similar to your certs, make sure to outline all relevant experience on your CV. 
If you have experience in Stainless Steel, Mild Steel, Structural Steel or Aluminium, make sure to include all these keywords as that is what recruiters and employers look for the most.

#4 – Follow the correct CV format

Have a family member proofread your CV to check for spelling and grammatical errors. 
Each section should be clearly laid out, it is also clever to keep a digital copy of your CV on your mobile phone
This will make it very easy to apply for jobs on LinkedIn, Indeed and through our website. 

What Career Progression Opportunities are available for Welders/Fabricators in Ireland?

Starting off as a Welder or Fabricator in Ireland, there are many avenues you can go down. Take for example, a Foreman, they make on average €45k – €70k per year in Ireland. To become one, you need to have relevant experience and to have completed a supervisory/management course. This will allow you to quickly move into a Workshop Foreman/Site Foreman role. There are also other progression opportunities such as becoming a Welding Inspector. With many Pharma companies and Data Centres basing their HQ in Ireland, there are great opportunities for site work too.

What Advice would a Welding & Fabrication Recruitment Expert give to a young person starting out?

“If I was a welder starting out in Ireland today, I would spend my time in one place gaining experience whilst also looking to get relevant MIG, TIG & Pipe certs. Down the road, I’d be looking to do one of the courses listed in the article to move into a supervisor or foreman role.” – Cian Brennan

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