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Welding, Brazing, and Soldering Machine Operators

About

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.

Education Required

  • High School Diploma

Salaries

Median Annual Salary: $34,110
Starting Annual Salary: $24,670
Senior Annual Salary: $45,860

common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Welding Technology/Welder

What Work You'll Do

  • Add chemicals or materials to workpieces or machines to facilitate bonding or to cool workpieces.
  • Anneal finished workpieces to relieve internal stress.
  • Clean, lubricate, maintain, and adjust equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools.
  • Devise or build fixtures or jigs used to hold parts in place during welding, brazing, or soldering.
  • Fill hoppers and position spouts to direct flow of flux or manually brush flux onto seams of workpieces.
  • Immerse completed workpieces into water or acid baths to cool and clean components.
  • Mark weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes.
  • Set dials and timing controls to regulate electrical current, gas flow pressure, heating or cooling cycles, or shut-off.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment used in welding processes.
  • Transfer components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment.

Things You Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • 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.

Abilities You'll Need to Have

Major Skills:
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Problem Solving
Additional Skills:
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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At a Glance

Education Required

  • High School Diploma

Salaries

Median Annual Salary:
$34,110

Starting Annual Salary:
$24,670

Senior Annual Salary:
$45,860


common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Welding Technology/Welder