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Summary Report for:
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, 51-4121.04 (Solderers), 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.
  • Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
  • Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
  • Clean workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders.
  • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
  • Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.
  • Guide torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together.
  • Adjust electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature.
  • Turn valves to start flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
  • Melt and apply solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment.
  • Heat soldering irons or workpieces to specified temperatures for soldering, using gas flames or electric current.
  • Brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of metal.
  • Smooth soldered areas with alternate strokes of paddles and torches, leaving soldered sections slightly higher than surrounding areas for later filing.
  • Melt and separate brazed or soldered joints to remove and straighten damaged or misaligned components, using hand torches, irons, or furnaces.
  • Remove workpieces from fixtures, using tongs, and cool workpieces, using air or water.
  • Connect hoses from torches to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and specified gas fuels.
  • Sweat together workpieces coated with solder.
  • Dip workpieces into molten solder or place solder strips between seams and heat seams with irons to bond items together.
  • Place solder bars into containers and turn knobs to specified positions to melt solder and regulate its temperature.
  • Turn dials to set intensity and duration of ultrasonic impulses, according to work order specifications.
  • Select torch tips, flux, and brazing alloys from data charts or work orders.
  • Clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions or cleaning compounds.
  • Remove workpieces from molten solder and hold parts together until color indicates that solder has set.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • 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

Technology used in this occupation:

  • 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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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.

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Skills

  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • 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.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • 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

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

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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 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

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.

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Work Styles

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

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 (2015) $18.34 hourly, $38,150 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)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 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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