A tig welder is responsible for welding parts in many different directions, including flat, horizontal, vertical, and even overhead. They are also in charge of welding steel, and sometimes aluminum, parts. Tig welders must be able to operate effectively in a team atmosphere, be self-motivated, and be goal-oriented. Tig welders may work during first, second and/or third shifts. This is a physically demanding job that requires the ability to stand for long periods of time, lift heavy equipment, and properly wear and use safety gear. Typical employers for tig welders are companies that manufacture metal products. This is generally a full time position with the option of overtime.
Tig welders generally must hold a high school diploma or equivalent. Most companies look for tig welders with at least one to two years of relevant experience. They must also possess the technical skills to use welding equipment. Additionally, tig welders must be able to read a blueprint and take measurements. These professionals must posses basic computer skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively in both a written and verbal manner to other team members and their supervisors. Additionally, tig welders must work well on their own under minimal supervision, as well as in a team setting.
Tig Welder Tasks
Cut or join together metal pieces using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.
Safely set up and operate welding machines and other shop equipment.
Follow blueprints to arrange metal pieces and temporarily fix them into position before welding.