Welding/Soldering/Brazing Machine Worker

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High school preferred +

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What They Do

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Career Video

Sets up, operates, or tends welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Inspects, measures, or tests completed metal workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using measuring and testing devices.
  • Reads blueprints, work orders, or production schedules to determine product or job instructions or specifications.
  • Assembles, aligns, and clamps workpieces into holding fixtures to bond, heat-treat, or solder fabricated metal components.
  • Sets up, operates, or tends welding machines that join or bond components to fabricate metal products or assemblies.
  • Lays out, fits, or connects parts to be bonded, calculating production measurements as necessary.
  • Corrects problems by adjusting controls or by stopping machines and opening holding devices.
  • Gives directions to other workers regarding machine set-up and use.
  • Selects, positions, aligns, and bolts jigs, holding fixtures, guides, or stops onto machines, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
  • Marks weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes.
  • Transfers components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Technical Associate (TA)
  • Braze Operator
  • Fabricator — Fabricates and assembles structural metal products, for example framework or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges.
  • Finishing Technician
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Machine Operator
  • Mig Welder
  • Operator
  • Robot Operator
  • Spot Welder