Three Questions Contractors should Ask When Recruiting Skilled Welders for Projects

Posted by Grus 8/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

As is with most of the construction world, the term “welders” spans a pretty large range. With this in mind, contractors should be mindful of a few finer details to ensure they obtain the right welder for the job. 


1. What qualifications do you need for your project?


With so many different skill sets, finding the right welder for the job can be very time consuming. So, it is good to know exactly what you need these welders to be doing on a daily basis. In this scenario we can start broad, and narrow it down from there. For example, lets say you land a large refrigeration system contract. You know that you will need at least two pipe welders, with experience working with stainless steel. You can get even more granular from there - do you need them to be able to fit as well? Is there any other kind of pipe they will be welding on? Do they need certifications or a license? Answers to all of these, up front, will help expedite the process. 


2. What kind of pay range are you offering for welders needed for your project?


Considering the question above, contractors must now consider a fair wage for the skill set needed for this position. You must consider you location - is it remote? Is the cost of living significant? How long is the project, and what are hotel prices like in the area? These factors all play a vital role in determining a fair rate of pay, on top of the qualifications you are looking for.  


3. How long have you been looking for a good welder?


Contractors frequently call in saying that they simply cannot find skilled welders in their area. They say positions remain vacant for months. This could mean that you may want to adjust one or several variables to appeal to a wider pool of talent.  Using a construction staffing company to your advantage, can significantly help contractors cut down the time it takes to find qualified welders.


If you are a contractor in need of qualified pipe or structural welders, call or visit our request a quote page to get some skilled hands on your project as soon as this week.