More than 20,000 welders across Australia have been recruited to help build a new line of products, which will be called the ‘Project 44’ project, according to a news release from the company.
“We are proud to have secured the services of welder, electrician, woodworker, electrical engineer and material supplier of the year”, said the company in a statement.
The company will start construction this week in Adelaide, and plans to expand to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth by the end of this year.
The project is expected to employ more than 3,000 workers.
The welders will work in teams of two to seven, and are expected to have a weekly wage of $75 per hour, which is about half of what most other welders earn.
Workers will be paid $2,000 per week and will receive a basic health insurance package.
A group of weldists have been involved in the project for some time, and they will be taking part in an annual demonstration project to show the welders how to work with metal products.
“It’s an exciting time for the industry in Australia.
We’re really excited to be able to show what we’re capable of,” said John McNeill, who is involved in welding projects for the company as a specialist.
“There’s an interest in the welding profession and the new generation of weldters are keen to learn about the skills they need to work in this industry.”
He said the welder group was already “making waves” with projects, and was looking forward to the next wave of weldery.
“These welders have already built some of the biggest projects around the world,” he said.
“I think they’ll be making a name for themselves in a couple of years.”
The welding industry is growing fast in Australia, and the latest job numbers released on Wednesday showed that Australia has the world’s third-largest welding industry.
About 6,700 welders are employed in Australia in 2016, up by more than 10,000 from the previous year, according the Australian Bureau of Statistics.