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Welders and Related Machine Operators

Welders and Related Machine Operators

Welders perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Read and interpret blueprints or welding process specifications,
    • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes such as gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW),
    • Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment,
    • Operate previously set up welding machines such as arc welding machines to fabricate or repair metal parts,
    • Assist with the maintenance and repair of welding equipment.
    • Welders may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding, or machinery and equipment repair welding.

Employment Requirements:

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of a three-year apprenticeship program
      A combination of over three years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in welding is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.


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