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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
    • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
    • Examine workpieces for defects and measure workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
    • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, 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.
    • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
    • 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 so that desired flames are obtained.
    • Determine required equipment and welding methods, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry, and welding techniques.
    • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.
    • Mark or tag material with proper job number, piece marks, and other identifying marks as required.
    • Chip or grind off excess weld, slag, or spatter, using hand scrapers or power chippers, portable grinders, or arc-cutting equipment.
    • Prepare all material surfaces to be welded, ensuring that there is no loose or thick scale, slag, rust, moisture, grease, or other foreign matter.
    • Preheat workpieces prior to welding or bending, using torches or heating furnaces.
    • Develop templates and models for welding projects, using mathematical calculations based on blueprint information.
    • Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
    • Position and secure workpieces, using hoists, cranes, wire, and banding machines or hand tools.
    • Guide and direct flames or electrodes on or across workpieces to straighten, bend, melt, or build up metal.
    • Detect faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notify supervisors.
    • Melt and apply solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment.
    • Clean or degrease parts, using wire brushes, portable grinders, or chemical baths.
    • Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
    • Use fire suppression methods in industrial emergencies.
    • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
    • Repair products by dismantling, straightening, reshaping, and reassembling parts, using cutting torches, straightening presses, and hand tools.
    • Check grooves, angles, or gap allowances, using micrometers, calipers, and precision measuring instruments.
    • Operate metal shaping, straightening, and bending machines, such as brakes and shears.
    • Set up and use ladders and scaffolding as necessary to complete work.
    • Hammer out bulges or bends in metal workpieces.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 41410/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.91/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 19,680
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,200

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Welding masks
    • Power saws
    • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
    • Drill press or radial drill
    • Blow torch

    Technology

    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Analytical or scientific software

    Tags

    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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