Welder, Cutter, and Welder Fitter

Acetylene Cutter, Acetylene Torch Burner, Aluminum Welder, Arc Cutter, Arc Welder, Arc Welder Apprentice   More Names
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Description

Welders, cutters and welder fitters 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. Welders are needed for the manufacturing of renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels and wind turbine components.

This occupation involves many of these activities and requires specialized skills to: melt lead bars, wire, or scrap to add lead to joints or to extrude melted scrap into reusable form; operate brazing and soldering equipment; mix and apply protective coatings to products; gouge metals, using the air-arc gouging process; join parts such as beams and steel reinforcing rods in buildings, bridges, and highways, bolting and riveting as necessary; estimate materials needed for production and manufacturing and maintain required stocks of materials; use fire suppression methods in industrial emergencies; signal crane operators to move large workpieces; dismantle metal assemblies or cut scrap metal, using thermal-cutting equipment such as flame-cutting torches or plasma-arc equipment; and,hammer out bulges or bends in metal workpieces.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
4% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $32,590 - $49,550    Hourly: $16 - $24
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Welders and cutters may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area designed to contain sparks and glare. When working outdoors, they may work on a scaffold or platform high off the ground. In addition, they may have to lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions while bending, stooping, or standing to work overhead.

Injuries Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers often are exposed to a number of hazards, including very hot materials and the intense light created by the arc. They wear safety shoes, goggles, masks with protective lenses, and other equipment to prevent burns and eye injuries and to protect them from falling objects.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

4% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $32,590 - $49,550

Hourly: $16 - $24