Details Report for:
51-4121.06 - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
Sample of reported job titles: Aluminum Welder, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Fitter/Welder, Maintenance Welder, Mig Welder, Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Welder-Fitter, Welder/Fabricator
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches
- Alternating current AC arc welder — Underwater welding equipment
- Blow torch — Motorized cutting torches; Pattern cutting torches
- Calipers — Vernier calipers
- Cutting die — Metal cutting dies
- Desktop computers
- Direct current DC arc welder — Mobile welding units
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Portable magnetic drill presses; Punch presses
- Electrode holder — Underwater electrode holders; Welding electrode holders
- Flame cutting machine — Semiautomatic flame-cutting equipment
- Flow sensors — Gas flow measurement instruments
- Frequency converters — Current converters
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welding equipment; Rod ovens; Storage ovens and hot boxes
- Hammers — Hand chipping hammers
- Hand clamps
- Hoists — Electric overhead hoists
- Hydraulic press brake — Metal benders
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
- Impact wrenches
- Jacks — Hydraulic jacks
- Laser printers
- Laser welding machine — Laser welders
- Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light trucks
- Manlift or personnel lift — Hydraulic truck lifts; Swing stages
- Manual press brake — Brakes
- Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders; Wirefeed welders
- Metal slitting saw — Slitters
- Metal stamps — Metal markers
- Microcontrollers — Computerized numerical control CNC programmable welding robot controllers
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Milling machines
- Personal computers
- Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma welders
- Pneumatic drill — Air drills
- Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Air scalers
- Power buffers — Buffers
- Power chippers
- Power drills
- Power grinders — Grinding machines
- Power saws — Cutoff saws
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment
- Protective gloves — Waterproof gloves
- Protractors — Angle finders
- Pry bars — Pinchbars
- Pullers — Comealongs
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches
- Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
- Respirators — Respirator hose masks
- Safety glasses — Welding lenses
- Shears — Unishears
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Portable gas operated arc welders; Shielded arc welding tools
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Speed sensors — Wire feed rate measurement instruments
- Spot welding machine — Resistance welding equipment; Welding guns
- Straight edges — Straightedges
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Temperature gauge — Temperature gauges
- Thickness measuring devices — Fillet weld gauges
- Threading machine — Electric pipe threaders
- Threading taps — Hand pipe threaders
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
- Track cranes — Overhead cranes
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Heliarc welding equipment; Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
- Two way radios
- Ultrasonic welding machine — Ultrasonic welding equipment
- Voltage or current meters — Arc voltage measurement instruments; Welding current measurement instruments
- Welder torch — Brazing equipment; Welding torches
- Welding electrode — Underwater electrodes; Welding electrodes
- Welding generator — Direct current DC sources
- Welding masks — Hand shields; Welding shields
- Welding or cutting tip — Welding tips
- Welding robots
- Welding wire — Electrode wires
- Wetsuits — Dive suits
- Wire brushes — Power wire brushes
- Wire cutters
Technology used in this occupation:
- Select production equipment according to product specifications.
- Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Trim excess material from workpieces.
- Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
- Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
- Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
- Design templates or patterns.
- Clean workpieces or finished products.
- Determine metal or plastic production methods.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Operate welding equipment.
- Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
- Operate grinding equipment.
- Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
- Clean production equipment.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
- Assemble metal or plastic parts or products.
- Solder parts or workpieces.
- Signal others to coordinate work activities.
- Lay out parts to prepare for assembly.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
- Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment.
- Assemble metal structures.
- Estimate material requirements for production.
- Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications.
- Repair parts or assemblies.
- Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|40||High school diploma or equivalent|
|13||Some college, no degree|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|51-2031.00||Engine and Other Machine Assemblers|
|51-4022.00||Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4031.00||Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Green|
|51-4034.00||Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4072.00||Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4122.00||Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders|
|51-4193.00||Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-7041.00||Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood|
|51-7042.00||Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing|
|51-9195.07||Molding and Casting Workers|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.
Employment data collected from Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.
Industry data collected from Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.
|Median wages (2014)||$17.99 hourly, $37,420 annual|
|Employment (2012)||357,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||108,500|
|Top industries (2012)||
Manufacturing (61% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.