Sorry posted this in the wrong part of the forum, think it should be in here ...
Hi can anyone advise if there any many welder jobs out in Adelaide? See a few people have posted and wondering how anyone has got on. Hoping to head over from Ireland on a 475 and my OH is a welder.
My husband is a welder, he was working as a foreman of a stainless steel factory in England, they produced exhaust systems for boats.
We arrived 3 months ago and he's had 2 jobs since then. There are jobs advertised in the paper each week it just depends on your circumstances. James was looking for something not too far north of the city and paying around $25 an hour and I think this is why it took him a little longer to find something. Most factories seem to be north of the city and some only pay around $22 an hour.
His first job was in Lonsdale, they did lots of odd jobs, welding all sorts of things. This was okay but not really what James was looking for as it felt like a bit of a step back from his job in the UK. He got the job by sending off his CV to lots of different companies, one of them called back and offered an interview.
He is now working in Kilkenny as a factory foreman, similar to what he was doing before we left. They manufacture metal cabinets (lockers/filing cabinets ect). He's on good money and although it is slightly north of the city it doesn't take too long to get there and back each day.
As mentioned, there are quite a lot of jobs, it just depends on what you are looking for. Quite a lot of agencies will offer casual work but they will want you to sign up with them and for us this seemed like a bit of a waste of time as it wasn't constant work and a lot of form filling.
Hope this helps, if you need any more info, just ask.
Thanks for this. Yes this was one of E's concerns as he has been welding for years and now more or less gets the stuff sorted for welding or shows the other welders what to do and he is worrying he will be back to basics again after working his way up. We are headin over under my job though as communuity worker as he does not want to tell his employer so far in advance he is going. they would take him of his price work probably, down to a basic wage. But I have no qualms getting refs etc and applying for the 475 myself my employer is grand and I am contracted anyway.
What area are you living in? Does he find the working conditions ok? Did he have to do any exams when he came over or was that all covered by TRA?
I would say he should be able to find something similar over here but it might not be straight away. James did have to take a bit of a step back to start with but was lucky with the job he has now. We are living south of the city now in Chandlers Hill, it takes him about 35 minutes to get to work and about 45 minutes to get back in the evening. It's not a bad drive though as it's mainly along one main road and the traffic flows quite well. It's just the distance that takes the time.
Working conditions are better in this factory, his factory in the UK was spotlessly clean which is what he liked. The first factory was a bit of a mess and he went for an interview at another place that was similar. They were welding on wooden benches - not something he had even seen before.
He works 7.30-4.00 each day and can do a bit of over time in the afternoon. There's a 10 minutes tea break in the morning and half an hour for lunch at 12pm. He didn't get a tea break in his first job. He's contracted now which means he gets sick pay and 4 weeks holiday. All companies here pay into a pension scheme at 9% salary. He gets paid weekly, every Thursday.
He didn't have to do any other tests etc and didn't even do a weld test when he went for the interviews either. He had all his certificates to show when he went for interview and had is CV ready when we arrived to start sending to people.
Hope this helps.
Yes I can just imagine what some of the workshops would be like. There are some right kips round here too. But as I said to him you have to keep plugging away and you will get something good. He has all his certs in a folder from school and the tech which will come in handy. I am just waiting on mine, going to ring the univeristy today and get them to email me a copy of the forms to get my certs and marks back. I have never had to show them before and haven't a clue where they are now. I was looking for jobs that I could apply for and was pleasantly suprised with the pay too. We don't have any kids yet but I wouldn' mind starting a family quite soon but suppose that would all depend on how well we settle in.
Is Henley Beach nice? Was looking at it on the internet, looks class.
Is the cost of groceries more or less the same??
Also when we looked on the internet cars seemed dearer, is that really the case or are they cheaper to but direct from dealers etc? We would be just going second hand, nothing fancy!
Sorry for all the questions!!
Defintely gonna get ourselves in gear with the visa now. OH just got word there will be redundancies in his work. He doesn't think it will affect him directly just yet, but not looking good! As I said to him if we rent the house out and it more or less covers the mortgage we could survive over there on less, we hope ...
Hi to you all - similar sort of query. My OH is a welder/pipefitter, however he has been on the job since he left school and doesnt have any certificates or recent welding tickets (he's been self employed with his son for over 12 months - they have a plumbing business - but it is my OH son who has the plumbing skills not him)- will this proove a difficulty in him getting a job!!!
Please let me know
Don't worry about the questions, if it helps then I'm glad to be able to answer them. We were in exactly the same position so glad to be able to help.
Originally Posted by brandyslad
I don't think a lack of certificates would stop him from getting a welding job here if that's what he wants to do. Although James took his certificates to interviews, they weren't that fussed on seeing them. But if he's not been working as a welder his CV would not show much experience in the field. It is quite difficult to get your foot in the door here and that applies to any job. Some Aussies would rather employ an aussie because they are more likely to know what they are doing here.
Originally Posted by Capt Emz I Think
They will want to see he has experience of welding I would have thought.
Also, if you are using his trade to get your visa you will need certificates as proof for the TRA application.
Hi Rachael, Martin has been a welder/pipefitter for about 20 odd years but for the last year he has had his own plumbing business - he will have references for it. No we are going off my skills to get our visa - i'm a teacher. It is frightening when you are prepared to give up a good job because something in your head makes you want to try something different, because leading the life that I am currently leadin fills me with dread, not just the job, the life, the place so on - if you know what I mean!!!
Originally Posted by Rachael