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.