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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.

The occupation code you requested, 51-4121.02 (Welders and Cutters), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 51-4121.06 (Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Aluminum Welder, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Fitter/Welder, Maintenance Welder, Mig Welder, Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Welder-Fitter, Welder/Fabricator

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Tasks

  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine workpieces for defects and measure workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine required equipment and welding methods, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry, and welding techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, plasma arc, shielded metal arc, resistance welding, and submerged arc welding. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze engineering drawings, blueprints, specifications, sketches, work orders, and material safety data sheets to plan layout, assembly, and welding operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark or tag material with proper job number, piece marks, and other identifying marks as required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Chip or grind off excess weld, slag, or spatter, using hand scrapers or power chippers, portable grinders, or arc-cutting equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove rough spots from workpieces, using portable grinders, hand files, or scrapers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare all material surfaces to be welded, ensuring that there is no loose or thick scale, slag, rust, moisture, grease, or other foreign matter. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Preheat workpieces prior to welding or bending, using torches or heating furnaces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop templates and models for welding projects, using mathematical calculations based on blueprint information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position and secure workpieces, using hoists, cranes, wire, and banding machines or hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guide and direct flames or electrodes on or across workpieces to straighten, bend, melt, or build up metal. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Detect faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notify supervisors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean or degrease parts, using wire brushes, portable grinders, or chemical baths. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, contour, and bevel metal plates and structural shapes to dimensions as specified by blueprints, layouts, work orders, and templates, using powered saws, hand shears, or chipping knives. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair products by dismantling, straightening, reshaping, and reassembling parts, using cutting torches, straightening presses, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill holes, and increase the size of metal parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check grooves, angles, or gap allowances, using micrometers, calipers, and precision measuring instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate metal shaping, straightening, and bending machines, such as brakes and shears. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and use ladders and scaffolding as necessary to complete work. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Hammer out bulges or bends in metal workpieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle metal assemblies or cut scrap metal, using thermal-cutting equipment such as flame-cutting torches or plasma-arc equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Signal crane operators to move large workpieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use fire suppression methods in industrial emergencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Estimate materials needed for production and manufacturing and maintain required stocks of materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Join parts such as beams and steel reinforcing rods in buildings, bridges, and highways, bolting and riveting as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Gouge metals, using the air-arc gouging process. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix and apply protective coatings to products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate brazing and soldering equipment. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Alternating current AC arc welder — Underwater welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anvils See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Motorized cutting torches; Pattern cutting torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting die — Metal cutting dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Direct current DC arc welder — Mobile welding units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Portable magnetic drill presses; Punch presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrode holder — Underwater electrode holders; Welding electrode holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flame cutting machine — Semiautomatic flame-cutting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors — Gas flow measurement instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency converters — Current converters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welding equipment; Rod ovens; Storage ovens and hot boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Hand chipping hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Electric overhead hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press brake — Metal benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser welding machine — Laser welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Hydraulic truck lifts; Swing stages See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual press brake — Brakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders; Wirefeed welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal slitting saw — Slitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal stamps — Metal markers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Computerized numerical control CNC programmable welding robot controllers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nibblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Air drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Air scalers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power chippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Cutoff saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Waterproof gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors — Angle finders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Pinchbars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Comealongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Respirator hose masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Welding lenses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Unishears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Portable gas operated arc welders; Shielded arc welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Wire feed rate measurement instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Resistance welding equipment; Welding guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taps — Metal cutting taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature gauge — Temperature gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Fillet weld gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading machine — Electric pipe threaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading taps — Hand pipe threaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Overhead cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Heliarc welding equipment; Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic welding machine — Ultrasonic welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Arc voltage measurement instruments; Welding current measurement instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment; Welding torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding electrode — Underwater electrodes; Welding electrodes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding generator — Direct current DC sources See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Hand shields; Welding shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding or cutting tip — Welding tips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding wire — Electrode wires See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wetsuits — Dive suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes — Power wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Scientific Software Group Filter Drain FD See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Calendar and scheduling software — OmniFleet Equipment Maintenance Management See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — EZ Pipe software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Recordkeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.

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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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design templates or patterns. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine metal or plastic production methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Solder parts or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lay out parts to prepare for assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble metal structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate material requirements for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair parts or assemblies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 56% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 43% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 41% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 35% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 43% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 40% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 63% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 31% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 32% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 37% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 26% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
41   Post-secondary certificate Help
40   High school diploma or equivalent Help
13   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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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
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 357,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 108,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "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.

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