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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Braziers

Welder, Welder-Fitter, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, MIG Welder, Sub Arc Operator, Brazier, Solderer, Electrical Assembler

Average Salary: Entry level--$23,920-26,620  Experienced--$41,740

Education/Training Required: High school or GED plus Trade School and Certifications such as AWS Certification, MIG, TIG, ARC, ASME code certified welder, GTAW / SMAW

Can learn the specific type of welding on the job – but need a basic understanding of welding through work experience or technical training.

Energy Industries: Gas, Nuclear, Solar, Transmission & Distribution

Job Responsibilities, Tasks ·        

  • May involve both hand welding and machine welding.
  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.
  • Examine work pieces for defects and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications
  • Detect faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notify supervisors.
  • Operate safety equipment and maintain safe work habits.    

Tools and Technology ·        

  • Blow torches - Motorized cutting torches; Pattern cutting torches; Welding torches
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus - Brazing equipment; Heliarc welding equipment; Oxyacetylene welding equipment; Portable gas operated arc welders
  • Manlift or personnel lift - Hydraulic truck lifts; Swing stages
  • Welding masks - Hand shields; Welding shields 
  • Welding tools - Rod ovens; Storage ovens and hot boxes; Welding guns
  • Workshop presses - Brakes; Portable magnetic drill presses; Punch presses
  • Manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, plasma arc, shielded metal arc, resistance welding, and submerged arc welding. ·         Analytic or scientific software
  • Computer aided design (CAD) software
  • Database and query software for record keeping  

Critical Knowledge ·        

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. ·         
  • Design - Techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.    

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