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Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect, measure, or test completed metal workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using measuring and testing devices.
    • Read blueprints, work orders, or production schedules to determine product or job instructions or specifications.
    • Load or feed workpieces into welding machines to join or bond components.
    • Observe meters, gauges, or machine operations to ensure that soldering or brazing processes meet specifications.
    • Assemble, align, and clamp workpieces into holding fixtures to bond, heat-treat, or solder fabricated metal components.
    • Set up, operate, or tend welding machines that join or bond components to fabricate metal products or assemblies.
    • Lay out, fit, or connect parts to be bonded, calculating production measurements, as necessary.
    • Turn and press knobs and buttons or enter operating instructions into computers to adjust and start welding machines.
    • Compute and record settings for new work, applying knowledge of metal properties, principles of welding, and shop mathematics.
    • Correct problems by adjusting controls or by stopping machines and opening holding devices.
    • Set dials and timing controls to regulate electrical current, gas flow pressure, heating or cooling cycles, or shut-off.
    • Give directions to other workers regarding machine set-up and use.
    • Select, position, align, and bolt jigs, holding fixtures, guides, or stops onto machines, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
    • Mark weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes.
    • Prepare metal surfaces or workpieces, using hand-operated equipment, such as grinders, cutters, or drills.
    • Transfer components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment.
    • Clean, lubricate, maintain, and adjust equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools.
    • Record operational information on specified production reports.
    • Conduct trial runs before welding, soldering, or brazing, and make necessary adjustments to equipment.
    • Remove completed workpieces or parts from machinery, using hand tools.
    • Select torch tips, alloys, flux, coil, tubing, or wire, according to metal types or thicknesses, data charts, or records.
    • Tend auxiliary equipment used in welding processes.
    • Devise or build fixtures or jigs used to hold parts in place during welding, brazing, or soldering.
    • Start, monitor, and adjust robotic welding production lines.
    • Add chemicals or materials to workpieces or machines to facilitate bonding or to cool workpieces.
    • Immerse completed workpieces into water or acid baths to cool and clean components.
    • Dress electrodes, using tip dressers, files, emery cloths, or dressing wheels.
    • Anneal finished workpieces to relieve internal stress.
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Control Precision

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

    • Near Vision

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

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Mathematics

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

    • Mechanical

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

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 38600/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 290
    Typical Education
    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
    • Initiative
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
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    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.