Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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About the Job

Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

It is also Called

  • Welding Pantograph Operator
  • Welding Pantograph Machine Operator
  • Welding Operator
  • Welding Machine Setter
  • Welding Machine Operator/Tender
  • Welding Machine Operator
  • Welder
  • Weld Technician
  • Wave Soldering Machine Operator
  • Ultrasonic Welding Machine Operator

What They Do

  • Immerse completed workpieces into water or acid baths to cool and clean components.
  • Anneal finished workpieces to relieve internal stress.
  • Mark weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes.
  • Add chemicals or materials to workpieces or machines to facilitate bonding or to cool workpieces.
  • Transfer components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment.
  • Fill hoppers and position spouts to direct flow of flux or manually brush flux onto seams of workpieces.
  • Devise or build fixtures or jigs used to hold parts in place during welding, brazing, or soldering.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment used in welding processes.
  • Set dials and timing controls to regulate electrical current, gas flow pressure, heating or cooling cycles, or shut-off.
  • Clean, lubricate, maintain, and adjust equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $37,350 with most people making between $25,110 and $52,380

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 400 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 350 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 10 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.

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