Pipe Welder (Maritime)

What Does A Pipe Welder (Maritime) Do?

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding). The welder featured in this video works in a ship building environment.

How Do I Become A Pipe Welder (Maritime)?

Completing a trade school program or a two-year college program in welding technology is likely required to obtain this position. Some larger organizations provide their own training programs to teach welding to new employees.

What is the Average Salary For A Pipe Welder (Maritime)?

High – 78,000
Median – 48,000
Low – 30,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Pipe Welder (Maritime)?

  • Trade-related courses
  • Welding
  • Math

What Is The Work Environment For A Pipe Welder (Maritime)?

A pipe welder will likely work in a very hot, sometimes uncomfortable environment. At times, welding in very tight spaces may be necessary. The welder in this video works in a shipyard where at times they are forced to weld with mirrors because of limited spaces. Being in good physical condition is definitely a plus…so don’t cancel that gym membership!

What Is The Future Outlook For A Pipe Welder (Maritime)?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. It is very important to keep up with the latest changes in your industry, so be ready for on-going training once you enter the workforce!


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Pipe Welder (Maritime)?