A welding technician is typically the person who does the welding in construction or assembly work. He or she also makes critical decisions involving the type of welding techniques, equipment, and processes to be used. Especially in construction, a welding technician will regularly encounter a variety of metals and construction situations. Contractors and employers will expect the tech to be well-versed in the latest developments and technology within the field and able to apply it.
There are a variety of welding processes that involve equipment, bonding alloys, and fuel gasses used to create the necessary heat. The welding technician's job is to assess what needs to be done and then apply the proper technique. In most cases, there are accepted industry standards that most welders will apply to situations. However, in some cases a welder may be required to alter these processes and will typically then apprise a foreman or supervisor for final approval. The welding tech must always be aware of environmental and placement situations for the work he or she does, as these factors are typically important to creating structurally sound final welds.
To work as a welding technician, a person typically will seek out vocational or technical school training after earning a high school diploma or equivalent. Most welding technicians earn practical experience either as junior welders or assistants before being considered for a technician position. Welding techs regularly work during standard business hours during the week, typically either in welding shops, in the field at construction sites, or in assembly plants.
Welding Technician Tasks
Operate welding equipment safely with special attention paid to all worker health guidelines.
Collaborate with other members of construction teams to complete projects.
Complete welding projects in a timely fashion according to timelines established by management.