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Welder/Cutter

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AVG. SALARY

$57,550

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EDUCATION

High school preferred +

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Career Video

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

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Welds components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Operates safety equipment and uses safe work habits.
  • Lays out, positions, aligns, and secures parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
  • Examines workpieces for defects and measures workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Recognizes, sets up, and operates hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
  • Welds separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
  • Clamps, holds, tack-welds, heat-bends, grinds or bolts component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
  • Selects and installs torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
  • Ignites torches or starts power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
  • Connects and turns regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Aluminum Welder
  • Fabrication Welder
  • Fabricator — Fabricates and assembles structural metal products, for example framework or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges.
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Sub Arc Operator
  • Wirer
  • Solderer — Joins or mends with solder.
  • Brazer
  • Assembly Line Brazer

Contact

  • Email Support
  • 1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927)
    From outside the U.S., please call +1 (424) 750-3900
  • North Dakota Career Resource Network
    ndcrn@nd.gov | (701) 328-9733

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