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A welder uses hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to join metal parts or to fill holes and seams of metal products.

Are you skilled with your hands and calm under pressure? Interested in crafting things for a living? As a welder, you’ll be able to explore your interests in an exciting environment. It will require a steady hand, lots of physical strength, and an eye for quality and detail.
Welders use high heat in order to attach two metals together. You’ll need to be able to read technical drawings and set up various components and parts accordingly, then weld them using a torch. You might work with a partner or in a team, which will require excellent communication skills and a concern for others. You’ll need to keep in mind safety codes and regulations at all times and report any unsafe activity or situations. Other tools will also be used and will vary depending on the project and materials.

Potential employers will expect you to have undergone some training before applying for the job. Look for vocation or certification courses, or a degree that offers hands-on experience. An apprenticeship program is another way to try out welding and gain some knowledge.

Also Known As:

Welding Technician, Manufacturing Welding Technician, Advanced Welding Technician, Aluminum Welder, TIG Welder, Mig Welder, Arc Welder, Stick Welder

Woman-welder

Critical Skills

Required

  • Conform to Specifications
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Ignite Torches
  • Position and Weld Parts
  • Precise Hand/Eye Coordination
  • Read and Follow Engineers' Visual, Oral, and Written Directions and Specifications

Preferred

  • Adaptability
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Health and Safety
  • Integrity
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism
  • Reliability
  • Repairing
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits
  • Position and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly
  • Measure and examine workpieces for defects
  • Set up and operate hand and power tools such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure

Special Requirements

  • Heat Tolerance
  • Lifting Ability up to 50 lbs
  • Physical Dexterity
  • Physical Strength

Interests

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Repair work

How to get this job

Hands-on experience is necessary so taking courses in welding is a must.

Next Steps for this job

Take welding courses, find a welder that you can learn/apprentice under.



Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.