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Career Details :: Welders and Cutters
Use hand welding and flame-cutting equipment to weld together metal components and parts or to cut, trim, or scarf metal objects to dimensions, as specified by layouts, work orders, or blueprints.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Guides electrodes or torch along weld line at specified speed and angle to weld, melt, cut, or trim metal.
- Selects and installs torch, torch tip, filler rod, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or type and thickness of metal.
- Repairs broken or cracked parts, fills holes, and increases size of metal parts, using welding equipment.
- Inspects finished workpiece for conformance to specifications.
- Welds metal parts or components together, using brazing, gas, or arc welding equipment.
- Welds in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead position.
- Connects and turns regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure to obtain desired flame.
- Positions workpieces and clamps together or assembles in jigs or fixtures.
- Cleans or degreases parts, using wire brush, portable grinder, or chemical bath.
- Selects and inserts electrode or gas nozzle into holder and connects hoses and cables to obtain gas or specified amperage, voltage, or polarity.
- Reviews layouts, blueprints, diagrams, or work orders in preparation for welding or cutting metal components.
- Chips or grinds off excess weld, slag, or spatter, using hand scraper or power chipper, portable grinder, or arc-cutting equipment.
- Ignites torch or starts power supply and strikes arc.
- Preheats workpiece, using hand torch or heating furnace.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Product Inspection
- Operation and Control
- Operation Monitoring
- Equipment Maintenance
- Equipment Selection
Frequent Work Context
- Hazardous Equipment
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Hazardous Situations