Uses hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Welds components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
- Operates safety equipment and uses safe work habits.
- Lays out, positions, aligns, and secures parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
- Examines workpieces for defects and measures workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
- Recognizes, sets up, and operates hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
- Welds separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
- Clamps, holds, tack-welds, heat-bends, grinds or bolts component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
- Selects and installs torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
- Ignites torches or starts power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
- Connects and turns regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.