The welder shortage has many employers asking where are all the welders? This is part of a broader scarcity of skilled tradespeople affecting many industries in Australia and most industrialised countries. Ironworkers, Electricians,machinists, sheet metalworkers, plumbers, pipe fitters and boilermakers are all in demand as production of industrial machinery continues near all-time levels. Some companies are having difficulties getting parts to build ships, bulldozers, rail cars, mining trucks and other industrial goods. Competition from less industrialised nations is forcing pressure upon manufacturers to shift production overseas. Where are all the welders then? In other careers. The mining boom has taken many that are in search for better pay rates.