Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are manual laborers who operate MIG, air/carbon arc, OXY-fuel torch, stick welders, and plasma cutting torch to fabricate, repair, and maintain equipment. They create welds and assemblies with the use of blueprints and other visual aids. They may also complete sub-assembly of various parts in order to manufacture finished goods. Welders, brazers, cutters, and solderers are responsible for the construction and fastening of various parts of production equipment and final products.
Welders first identify and gather the necessary tools and parts for assembly. Then, they receive detailed instructions verbally or through blueprints, job cards, or process sheets. These workers assemble, troubleshoot, weld, inspect, and test to ensure proper weld placement and quality. They are expected to complete tasks in accordance with engineering, quality, and production standards.
Welders, solderers, cutters, and brazers should have knowledge of flux core, structure welding, shear, and break press. A machinist background or CAD drawing experience is a plus. A college degree is not necessary, but welding training and certification are required. Many companies make sure candidates pass a written and practical weld test before hiring, and one or more years of welding experience are helpful. Candidates must be able to reach, twist, stand, and lift 50 pounds or more several times per day. Some workers in this field may need experience and certification to safely operate a forklift.
Large and small companies hire welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers. Most of them work in manufacturing facilities, and some travel may be required.
Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer Tasks
- Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment.