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51-4122.00 - Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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.

The occupation code you requested, 51-4122.01 (Welding Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 51-4122.00 (Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Braze Operator, Fabricator, Finishing Technician, Fitter-Welder, Machine Operator, Mig Welder, Operator, Robot Operator, Spot Welder, Technical Associate (TA)

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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

  • Turn and press knobs and buttons or enter operating instructions into computers to adjust and start welding machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up, operate, or tend welding machines that join or bond components to fabricate metal products or assemblies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load or feed workpieces into welding machines to join or bond components. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Give directions to other workers regarding machine set-up and use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Correct problems by adjusting controls or by stopping machines and opening holding devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect, measure, or test completed metal workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using measuring and testing devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record operational information on specified production reports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start, monitor, and adjust robotic welding production lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read blueprints, work orders, or production schedules to determine product or job instructions or specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble, align, and clamp workpieces into holding fixtures to bond, heat-treat, or solder fabricated metal components. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lay out, fit, or connect parts to be bonded, calculating production measurements as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct trial runs before welding, soldering, or brazing and make necessary adjustments to equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dress electrodes, using tip dressers, files, emery cloths, or dressing wheels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove completed workpieces or parts from machinery, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe meters, gauges, or machine operations to ensure that soldering or brazing processes meet specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select, position, align, and bolt jigs, holding fixtures, guides, or stops onto machines, using measuring instruments and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select torch tips, alloys, flux, coil, tubing, or wire, according to metal types or thicknesses, data charts, or records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compute and record settings for new work, applying knowledge of metal properties, principles of welding, and shop mathematics. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare metal surfaces or workpieces, using hand-operated equipment, such as grinders, cutters, or drills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, lubricate, maintain, and adjust equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set dials and timing controls to regulate electrical current, gas flow pressure, heating or cooling cycles, or shut-off. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment used in welding processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Devise or build fixtures or jigs used to hold parts in place during welding, brazing, or soldering. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill hoppers and position spouts to direct flow of flux or manually brush flux onto seams of workpieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transfer components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Add chemicals or materials to workpieces or machines to facilitate bonding or to cool workpieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Anneal finished workpieces to relieve internal stress. 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.
  • Automatic soldering machine — Soldering machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Gas welding torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Braze welding machine — Brazing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Outside micrometer calipers; Undercut gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers — Hand scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold pressure or contact welding machine — Cold-welding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Demolition hammers — Chipping hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electron beam welding EBW machine — Diffusion-welding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Face masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Computerized numerical control CNC oxy-fuel systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Power hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic booms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction heaters — Heating furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser cutting machine — Laser cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser welding machine — Laser-beam machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Walk-behind lift trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loading equipment — Product loading equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Vernier micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning jig — Workpiece positioning jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Arc welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding machines; Resistance welding guns; Resistance welding machines; Spot welding guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Fillet weld gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding electrode — Welding electrodes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Welding helmets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding or brazing tip cleaner file — Welding tip cleaning files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding or cutting tip — Welding torch tips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding robots — Brazing robots; Soldering robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding tip dresser or accessories — Welding tip dressers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Hydraulic winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Tool center point TCP setting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this 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.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct operational or production activities. 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.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. 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.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust flow of electricity to tools or production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cutting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment. 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.
  • Lay out parts to prepare for assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply solutions to production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply lubricants or coolants to workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design tools, fixtures, or other devices for production equipment. 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.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 76% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 82% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 82% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 45% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 51% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 40% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 53% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 55% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 51% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 32% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 32% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 41% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 30% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 45% responded “Fairly serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not 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
50   High school diploma or equivalent Help
16   Less than high school diploma
11   Post-secondary certificate Help

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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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.

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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.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.91 hourly, $35,180 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 54,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 23,700
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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