Welders, Cutters, Solderers, & Brazers


Welders, Cutters, Solderers, & Brazers install, maintain, or repair pipes, boilers, engines, or other equipment that moves or controls water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases
Do you love the details? Have a steady hand and a mind for problem solving? Become a Welder and learn something that will set you up for life!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

They are paid well, have a high job security, and have a high job satisfaction

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Aluminum Welder, Assembly Line Brazer, Brazer, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, Solderer, Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Wirer

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Aluminum Welder, Assembly Line Brazer, Brazer, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, Solderer, Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Wirer
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Your Typical Day:

  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
  • Examine workpieces for defects and measure workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.
  • Determine required equipment and welding methods, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry, and welding techniques.
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Maintain safety.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
  • Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment.
  • Determine metal or plastic production methods.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 58/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 46/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 46/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 44/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 39/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 39/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 38/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 36/100

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 29/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 29/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Blow torch
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Welding electrode
  • Manlift or personnel lift
  • Welding or cutting tip
  • Welder torch
  • Electrode holder
  • Ultrasonic welding machine
  • Welding masks
  • Spot welding machine
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Metal inert gas welding machine
  • Positioning jig
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine
  • Power saws
  • Pipe or tube cutter
  • Track cranes
  • Workshop cranes
  • Mill saw file
  • Hydraulic press brake
  • Threading machine
  • Calipers
  • Speed sensors
  • Induction heaters
  • Flow sensors
  • Respirators
  • Bench vises
  • Hydraulic press frames
  • Manual press brake
  • Pry bars
  • Hoists
  • Hammers
  • Power buffers
  • Cutting die
  • Safety glasses
  • Jacks
  • Pullers
  • Temperature gauge
  • Flame cutting machine
  • Soldering iron
  • Socket sets
  • Welding wire
  • Alternating current AC arc welder
  • Thickness measuring devices
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
  • Pyrometers
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
  • Plasma arc welding machine
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Protective gloves
  • Power grinders
  • Direct current DC arc welder
  • Laser welding machine
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Pneumatic drill
  • Tube bending machine
  • Pressure or steam cleaners
  • Taps
  • Metal stamps
  • Shears
  • Wetsuits
  • Protractors
  • Threading taps
  • Deburring tool
  • Frequency converters
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
  • Pneumatic sanding machines
  • Straight edges
  • Wire brushes
  • Microcontrollers
  • Metal band sawing machine
  • Welding generator
  • Tinners snips
  • Metal slitting saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Two way radios
  • Ladders
  • Micrometers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measures
  • Wire cutters
  • Ratchets
  • Nibblers
  • Scaffolding
  • Levels
  • Hand clamps
  • Scribers
  • Utility knives
  • Notebook computers
  • Forklifts
  • Anvils
  • Power drills
  • Squares
  • Milling machines
  • Impact wrenches
  • Potentiometers
  • Tongs
  • Welding robots
  • Rulers
  • Goggles
  • Laser printers
  • Power chippers
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Desktop computers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Personal computers
  • Winches
  • Templates
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