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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.

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   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
79   Core
Examine seams for defects and rework defective joints or broken parts.
76   Core
Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
74   Core
Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
74   Core
Clean workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders.
72   Core
Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
69   Core
Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.
90   Supplemental
Guide torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together.
82   Supplemental
Adjust electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature.
82   Supplemental
Turn valves to start flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
75   Supplemental
Melt and apply solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment.
73   Supplemental
Heat soldering irons or workpieces to specified temperatures for soldering, using gas flames or electric current.
72   Supplemental
Brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of metal.
71   Supplemental
Smooth soldered areas with alternate strokes of paddles and torches, leaving soldered sections slightly higher than surrounding areas for later filing.
70   Supplemental
Melt and separate brazed or soldered joints to remove and straighten damaged or misaligned components, using hand torches, irons, or furnaces.
69   Supplemental
Remove workpieces from fixtures, using tongs, and cool workpieces, using air or water.
68   Supplemental
Connect hoses from torches to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and specified gas fuels.
68   Supplemental
Sweat together workpieces coated with solder.
67   Supplemental
Dip workpieces into molten solder or place solder strips between seams and heat seams with irons to bond items together.
66   Supplemental
Place solder bars into containers and turn knobs to specified positions to melt solder and regulate its temperature.
66   Supplemental
Turn dials to set intensity and duration of ultrasonic impulses, according to work order specifications.
65   Supplemental
Select torch tips, flux, and brazing alloys from data charts or work orders.
62   Supplemental
Clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions or cleaning compounds.
60   Supplemental
Remove workpieces from molten solder and hold parts together until color indicates that solder has set.
Not available Supplemental
Cut carbon electrodes to specified sizes and shapes, using cutoff saws.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analytical or scientific software — Fred's Tip Cartridge Picker; Value Analysis
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
50 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
37 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
36 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
29 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
26 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
25 
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.
24 
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.
23 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
23 
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.
21 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
19 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
18 
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.
16 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
14 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
13 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
13 
Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
11 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
10 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
10 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
7 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
6 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
6 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
6 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
5 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
4 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
4 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
4 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
3 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
2 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
2 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
1 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
0 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
0 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
50 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
44 
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.
44 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
41 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
41 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
38 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
38 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
35 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
35 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
31 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
31 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
31 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
28 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
25 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
25 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
25 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
25 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
22 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
22 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
22 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
22 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
22 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
19 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
19 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
16 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
16 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
16 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
13 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
10 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
10 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
6 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
3 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
3 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
3 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
66 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60 
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.
53 
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.
53 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
53 
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.
47 
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.
44 
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).
44 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
44 
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.
41 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
41 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
41 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
41 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
41 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
38 
Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
38 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
38 
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.
38 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
38 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
35 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
35 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
35 
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.
35 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
35 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
35 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
31 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
31 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
28 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
28 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
25 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
22 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
22 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
22 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
22 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
19 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
19 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
16 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
16 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
16 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
16 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
13 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
6 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
3 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
0 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
0 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
0 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
0 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
66 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
59 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
58 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
54 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
52 
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.
50 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
48 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
44 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
42 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
41 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
39 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
38 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
37 
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.
37 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
36 
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.
36 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
35 
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.
35 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
35 
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.
34 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
31 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
31 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
31 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
28 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
27 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
27 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
27 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
26 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
26 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
24 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
22 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
22 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
21 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
21 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
21 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
17 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
17 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
17 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
12 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
11 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
4 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Braze metal parts or components.
  • Adjust flow of electricity to tools or production equipment.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Clean production equipment.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


76     Continually or almost continually
13     More than half the time
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


60     Extremely important
24     Very important
13     Fairly important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


70     Every day
20     Once a year or more but not every month
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


69     Every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


56     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


47     Extremely important
14     Very important
20     Important
20     Fairly important
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


53     Continually or almost continually
13     About half the time
13     Less than half the time
11     Never
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


35     Constant contact with others
29     Contact with others most of the time
20     Occasional contact with others
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


42     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Never
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


63     Every day
37     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


15     More than 40 hours
85     40 hours
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


34     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


36     Extremely important
15     Very important
16     Fairly important
27     Not important at all
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


32     Very high responsibility
20     High responsibility
12     Limited responsibility
26     No responsibility
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


38     Continually or almost continually
13     About half the time
26     Less than half the time
20     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


38     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
43     Never
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


37     Moderately close (at arm's length)
31     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
31     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


32     Very important results
19     Moderate results
34     No results
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


15     A lot of freedom
22     Some freedom
32     Limited freedom
11     Very little freedom
20     No freedom
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


31     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
28     Never
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


44     Every day
17     Once a year or more but not every month
37     Never
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


21     Extremely important
20     Very important
35     Fairly important
15     Not important at all
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


35     Continually or almost continually
23     About half the time
32     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


26     Extremely serious
22     Serious
17     Fairly serious
26     Not serious at all
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


20     Continually or almost continually
57     Less than half the time
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


22     Extremely important
27     Important
37     Not important at all
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


34     Limited freedom
21     Very little freedom
28     No freedom
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


12     Extremely competitive
34     Moderately competitive
38     Not at all competitive
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


21     Very high responsibility
19     Moderate responsibility
17     Limited responsibility
42     No responsibility
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


12     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


17     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a year or more but not every month
54     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


15     More than half the time
37     Less than half the time
36     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


27     Every day
66     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


14     Every day
63     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


28     Slightly automated
50     Not at all automated
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


21     Every day
73     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


14     Extremely important
11     Important
72     Not important at all
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
59     Never
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


11     Once a year or more but not every month
63     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


34     Once a year or more but not every month
58     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


11     Once a year or more but not every month
74     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


32     Less than half the time
59     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


12     Once a year or more but not every month
80     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


15     Once a month or more but not every week
82     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


15     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
83     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


92     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


11     More than half the time
89     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


90     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


16     Once a year or more but not every month
84     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


90     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


92     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


94     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


97     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


98     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


98     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


100     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


99     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, 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   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
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.
17 
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.
11 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
6 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
0 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
0 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
76 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
74 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
66 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
62 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
62 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
60 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
59 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
58 
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.
57 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
55 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
55 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
54 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
54 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
53 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
49 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
47 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
67 
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.
39 
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.
33 
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.
28 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
22 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
22 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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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 (2016) $18.94 hourly, $39,390 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 398,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 128,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Manufacturing (60% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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