Working in Iron and Steel Industry: Jobs in Sheffield

Sheffield is widely known for its industrial heritage and, after years of recession and unemployment, steel furnaces get back to life, providing employment opportunities for a wide range of qualifications and career levels, from Foundry Workers, Production Engineers and Metallurgists. Here are some examples of the most frequently advertised positions:

Foundry Workers

These positions are for experienced workers and involve duties like pouring molten steel, forklift counterbalance and overhead crane operation, knock-out, removing castings from molds, dressing castings, moving foundry materials, and cleaning equipment and work areas etc.

Production Engineer

Candidates need a degree in mechanical or manufacturing engineering or have equivalent relevant experience. Production Engineers provide support to the Machining Group by providing specialist expertise production planning, programming and fixture design.

Depending on the purpose of the products, the job may involve working with large, heavy and high value pieces of carbon steel, stainless steels or nickel alloys.

A major employer into the field of advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, power generation, medical and other high-value manufacturing sectors is the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Research Assistant / Welder

The position is created with the aim of optimizing and modernizing welding processes for different types of products. Candidates should have practical activities to carry out arc welding of carbon steels using various processes and understand the factors determining weld quality.

Practical welding experience in an industrial/research fabrication environment and extensive knowledge of machines setup and welding processes.

BTEC HNC or equivalent in mechanical engineering, materials engineering or welding and fabrication disciplines is necessary, along with NWTS (National Welding Training Standards) Level 3.


This position involves providing metallurgical support in a wide range of R&D welding projects. The ideal candidate should have a good knowledge of joining and cladding techniques and a strong background in stainless steel and nickel based materials.

A Chartered Engineer status represents an advantage along with a relevant degree in metallurgy or materials science. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) would pay £29,552 to £37,394 per annum to a metallurgist, depending on the experience and qualification level.

Senior Arc Welding Technician

The position requires a strong background using different type of equipment. It requires both practical and knowledge input as the successful candidate will work with Welding Technicians, Welding Engineers, Technology Leaders and customers on complex projects.

Research activities are focused on design and development of welding, machining and inspection techniques.

Sales Manager – Global Metal Business

Product manufacturing and management is important but without sales there is no business. Ideal candidates should have relevant experience within the field of technical sales and a relevant qualification represents and advantage.

The Sales Manager should have a good knowledge of the products as she/he will have to act like a liaison between clients and internal stakeholders from Technical, Finance and Logistic teams.