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.
- Welding Pantograph Operator
- Welding Pantograph Machine Operator
- Welding Operator
- Welding Machine Setter
- Welding Machine Operator/Tender
- Welding Machine Operator
- Weld Technician
- Wave Soldering Machine Operator
- Ultrasonic Welding Machine Operator
- 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.
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.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2014, the average annual wage in United States was $36,450 with most people making between $23,290 and $51,720
During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 53,500 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 64,100 employed in 2022.
This occupation will have about 1,060 openings due to growth and about 1,310 replacement openings for approximately 2,370 total annual openings.
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collegeJ F Drake State Community and Technical College
onetWelders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
collegeAtlanta Technical College
onetElectric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
majorIndustrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
onetFirst-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
collegeGadsden State Community College
majorWelding Engineering Technology/Technician