Details Report for:
51-4121.00 - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
Sample of reported job titles: Aluminum Welder, Assembly Line Brazer, Brazer, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, Solderer, Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Wirer
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
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- Analytical or scientific software — Fred's Tip Cartridge Picker; Scientific Software Group Filter Drain FD; Value Analysis
- Calendar and scheduling software — OmniFleet Equipment Maintenance Management
- Computer aided design CAD software — EZ Pipe
- Data base user interface and query software — Oracle software ; Recordkeeping software
- Electronic mail software — IBM Notes ; Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Alternating current AC arc welder — Underwater welding equipment
- Bench vises — Vises
- Blow torch — Motorized cutting torches; Oxyacetylene torches; Pattern cutting torches; Propane torches
- Calipers — Vernier calipers
- Cutting die — Metal cutting dies
- Deburring tool — Deburring tools
- Desktop computers
- Direct current DC arc welder — Mobile welding units
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Portable magnetic drill presses; Punch presses
- Electrode holder — Underwater electrode holders; Welding electrode holders
- Flame cutting machine — Semiautomatic flame-cutting equipment
- Flow sensors — Gas flow measurement instruments
- Frequency converters — Current converters
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welding equipment; Rod ovens; Storage ovens and hot boxes
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — Hand chipping hammers
- Hand clamps
- Hoists — Electric overhead hoists
- Hydraulic press brake — Metal benders
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
- Impact wrenches
- Induction heaters — Heating coils
- Jacks — Hydraulic jacks
- Laser printers
- Laser welding machine — Laser welders
- Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light trucks
- Manlift or personnel lift — Hydraulic truck lifts; Swing stages
- Manual press brake — Brakes
- Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders; Wirefeed welders
- Metal slitting saw — Slitters
- Metal stamps — Metal markers
- Microcontrollers — Computerized numerical control CNC programmable welding robot controllers
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Milling machines
- Notebook computers
- Personal computers
- Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma welders
- Pneumatic drill — Air drills
- Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Air scalers
- Positioning jig — Jigs; Soldering jigs
- Power buffers — Buffers
- Power chippers
- Power drills
- Power grinders — Grinding machines
- Power saws — Cutoff saws; Reciprocating saws
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment
- Protective gloves — Waterproof gloves
- Protractors — Angle finders
- Pry bars — Pinchbars
- Pullers — Comealongs
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches
- Pyrometers — Surface contact pyrometers
- Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
- Respirators — Respirator hose masks
- Safety glasses — Welding lenses
- Shears — Unishears
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Portable gas operated arc welders; Shielded arc welding tools
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Speed sensors — Wire feed rate measurement instruments
- Spot welding machine — Resistance welding equipment; Welding guns
- Straight edges — Straightedges
- Tape measures
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Temperature gauge — Temperature gauges
- Thickness measuring devices — Fillet weld gauges
- Threading machine — Electric pipe threaders
- Threading taps — Hand pipe threaders
- Tinners snips — Tin snips
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
- Track cranes — Overhead cranes
- Tube bending machine — Tube benders
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Heliarc welding equipment; Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
- Two way radios
- Ultrasonic welding machine — Ultrasonic soldering equipment; Ultrasonic welding equipment
- Utility knives
- Voltage or current meters — Arc voltage measurement instruments; Welding current measurement instruments
- Welder torch — Brazing equipment; Welding torches
- Welding electrode — Underwater electrodes; Welding electrodes
- Welding generator — Direct current DC sources
- Welding masks — Hand shields; Welding shields
- Welding or cutting tip — Torch tips; Welding tips
- Welding robots
- Welding wire — Electrode wires
- Wetsuits — Dive suits
- Wire brushes — Power wire brushes
- Wire cutters
- Workshop cranes — Jibs
- Operate welding equipment.
- Maintain safety.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Select production equipment according to product specifications.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
- Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment.
- Determine metal or plastic production methods.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
- Operate grinding equipment.
- Clean workpieces or finished products.
- Trim excess material from workpieces.
- Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
- Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
- Design templates or patterns.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
- Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
- Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
- Solder parts or workpieces.
- Clean production equipment.
- Operate firefighting equipment.
- Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Repair parts or assemblies.
- Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
- Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
- Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
|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 orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$21.25 hourly, $44,190 annual|
|Employment (2020)||418,200 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Average (5% to 10%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||49,200|
|Top industries (2020)||
Manufacturing (64% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Welding Society
- ASM International
- Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
- Precision Machined Products Association