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51-4121.07 - Solderers and Brazers

Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

The occupation code you requested, 51-4121.05 (Brazers), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 51-4121.07 (Solderers and Brazers) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Assembly Line Brazer, Brazer, Connector, Electronic Technician, Fabricator, Production Technician, Refrigeration Brazer/Solderer, Refrigeration Specialist, Solderer, Wirer

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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

Tasks

  • Examine seams for defects and rework defective joints or broken parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guide torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn valves to start flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Melt and apply solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Heat soldering irons or workpieces to specified temperatures for soldering, using gas flames or electric current. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of metal. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Smooth soldered areas with alternate strokes of paddles and torches, leaving soldered sections slightly higher than surrounding areas for later filing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Melt and separate brazed or soldered joints to remove and straighten damaged or misaligned components, using hand torches, irons, or furnaces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove workpieces from fixtures, using tongs, and cool workpieces, using air or water. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect hoses from torches to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and specified gas fuels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sweat together workpieces coated with solder. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dip workpieces into molten solder or place solder strips between seams and heat seams with irons to bond items together. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place solder bars into containers and turn knobs to specified positions to melt solder and regulate its temperature. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn dials to set intensity and duration of ultrasonic impulses, according to work order specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select torch tips, flux, and brazing alloys from data charts or work orders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions or cleaning compounds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove workpieces from molten solder and hold parts together until color indicates that solder has set. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Oxyacetylene torches; Propane torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction heaters — Heating coils See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning jig — Jigs; Soldering jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potentiometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Cutoff saws; Reciprocating saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Waterproof gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pyrometers — Surface contact pyrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Welding lenses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Templates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Tin snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube bending machine — Tube benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic welding machine — Ultrasonic soldering equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding electrode — Welding electrodes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Welding shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding or cutting tip — Torch tips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes — Jibs See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Fred's Tip Cartridge Picker *; Value Analysis * See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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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.

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Skills

  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

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

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. 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.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust flow of electricity to tools or production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Braze metal parts or components. 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.
  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Solder parts or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 76% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 35% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 85% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 32% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 43% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 37% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 34% responded “No results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 32% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
45   High school diploma or equivalent Help
38   Less than high school diploma
11   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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