Job Profile: Welder


Welding at employers like Electric Boat and Senesco is performed on a wide variety of materials using a variety of welding processes. Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld together steel plates, angles, channels and other ship building components. Welders may use both traditional and state of the art welding equipment. Employers are looking for candidates who enjoy physically demanding work, who are willing to comply with safety procedures and guidelines and have an excellent work ethic.




  • Average Hourly Wage = $21.59
  • Entry Hourly Wage = $15.35
  • Experienced Hourly Wage = $27.83
  • Median Hourly Wage = $19.37

Employment growth in this occupation reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. Growth of the defense industry, including the manufacturing of ships, aircrafts and missiles, is expected to contribute to employment growth

(Information from Way to Go RI and our shipbuilding partners)