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Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

Work Activities
  • Guide torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together.
  • Turn valves to start flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
  • Adjust electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature.
  • Examine seams for defects and rework defective joints or broken parts.
  • Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
  • Melt and apply solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment.
  • Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
  • Clean workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders.
  • Heat soldering irons or workpieces to specified temperatures for soldering, using gas flames or electric current.
  • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
  • Brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of metal.
  • Smooth soldered areas with alternate strokes of paddles and torches, leaving soldered sections slightly higher than surrounding areas for later filing.
  • Melt and separate brazed or soldered joints to remove and straighten damaged or misaligned components, using hand torches, irons, or furnaces.
  • Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.
  • Remove workpieces from fixtures, using tongs, and cool workpieces, using air or water.
  • Connect hoses from torches to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and specified gas fuels.
  • Sweat together workpieces coated with solder.
  • Dip workpieces into molten solder or place solder strips between seams and heat seams with irons to bond items together.
  • Place solder bars into containers and turn knobs to specified positions to melt solder and regulate its temperature.
  • Turn dials to set intensity and duration of ultrasonic impulses, according to work order specifications.
  • Select torch tips, flux, and brazing alloys from data charts or work orders.
  • Clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions or cleaning compounds.
  • Remove workpieces from molten solder and hold parts together until color indicates that solder has set.
Skills
  • Quality Control Analysis

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

  • 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.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
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Reading for Information
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Locating Information
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Abilities
  • Near Vision

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

  • Finger Dexterity

    The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

  • 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.

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.

  • Mathematics

    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

  • Mechanical

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

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $37,790/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.17/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 15,670
  • Yearly Projected Openings 460
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
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
Tools
  • Workshop cranes
  • Power saws
  • Positioning jig
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Blow torch
Technology
  • Operating system software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
  • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.