Welder, Cutter, Solderer, and Brazer
Median hourly wage: $16.87
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers weld or join metal parts. They also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining equipment. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area. They may work on a scaffold, high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. Although most work full time, overtime is common.
High School Diploma/GED Certificate
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade. Must be able to read, write and speak the English language in order to comprehend instructions on the job and related training classes and to ensure personal and coworker safety on the job.
Welding programs can take between 12 weeks and 2 years, dependent upon the level of certifcation sought.
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Production line welders have demonstrated manipulative proficiency, with the option of additional passing of a written exam to meet regional certification. Welding certification includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Laser Guided and Stabilized Gas Welding (LGS).
Complete education/training program (1st step) and time required
The American Welding Society offers the Certified Welder and Certified Welding Fabricator designations. Some welding positions require general certification in welding or certification in specific skills, such as Certified Welding Inspector or Certified Robotic Arc Welding. The Institute for Printed Circuits offers certification and training in soldering. In industries such as aerospace and defense, which need highly skilled workers, many employers require these certifications. Certification can show mastery of lead-free soldering techniques, which are important to many employers. Some employers pay the cost of training and testing for employees. Time required varies based on skills and level of certification.
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Complete education/training program and time required