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Become A Combo Welder

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Working As A Combo Welder

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $31,848

    Average Salary

What Does A Combo Welder Do At CB&I

* Selects equipment and plans layout, assembly and welding, applying knowledge of geometry, physical properties of metal machining, weld shrinkage and welding techniques.
* Lays out, positions, aligns and fits components together.
* Bolts, clamps and tack-welds parts to secure in position for welding.
* Sets up equipment and welds parts together using arc, gas shielded arc, submerged arc or gas welding equipment.
* May assemble parts by bolting and riveting.
* May repair products by dismantling, straightening, reshaping and reassembling parts using cutting torch, straightening press and hand tools

What Does A Combo Welder Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Performing any combination of duties to assist workers in welding, brazing, and thermal and arc cutting activities
* Moving work pieces, tools, and supplies, manually or by hand truck
* Lifting, moving, and holding or clamping work pieces to table, into jigs, or into position as directed manually or by using pry bar
* Positions available:
* Structural** , **Pipe** , and
* Shipfitter

What Does A Combo Welder Do At Aecom

* The JW Williams Shop lays out, fits and fabricates products such as heaters, reboilers, glycol coolers, liquid accumulators and natural draft combustors, separators, piping large and heavy wall vessels and flow coils.

What Does A Combo Welder Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Welding various metals using processes such as SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW.
* Welding in 2g, 4g, and 6g conditions
* Selecting, setting up, and staging the proper equipment for their jobs and that each are in ample supply and working order.
* This includes welding machines, gases, tools, and other consumables.
* Checking the fit of pipe or other structural pieces and to allow for proper attachment and to account for shrinkage

What Does A Combo Welder Do At CB&I

* Selects type and size of pipe or other related materials and equipment according to specifications
* Selects equipment and plans layouts, assembly, and welding, applying knowledge of geometry, physical properties of metal machining, weld shrinkage and welding techniques
* May be required to use Gas
* Metal Arc, Flux
* Cored Arc, Gas
* Tungsten Arc, Submerged Arc, or Shielded Metal Arc welding processes
* Lays out, positions, aligns and fits components together in various body positions
* Bolts, clamps and welds together metal components of products such as piping systems, plate, pipe and tube or structural shapes, using arc and arc gas welding equipment.
* May weld in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead position.
* May tack weld assemblies together
* Connects cable from welding unit to obtain amperage, voltage, slope and pulse as specified by procedure or supervisor
* Obtains specified electrode and inserts electrode into portable holder or threads consumable electrode wire through portable welding gun
* Starts power supply to produce electric current
* Strikes arc which generates heat to melt and deposit metal from electrode to work piece and join edges of work piece
* Manually guides electrode or gun along weld-line, maintaining length of arc and speed and movement to form specified depth of fusion and bead, as judged from color of metal, sound of weld, and size of molten puddle
* May manually apply filler rod to supply weld metal.
* May clean or degrease weld joint or workplace, using wire brush, portable grinder, or chemical bath
* May repair broken or cracked parts and fill holes
* May remove excess weld, defective weld material, slag and spatter, using carbon arc gouge, hand scrapper, grinder or power chipper
* May preheat work piece, using hand torch or heating furnace.
* May cut metal plates or structural shapes
* Examines weld for bead size and other specifications
* Loads, transports and unloads material, tools, equipment and supplies
* May assist in lifting, positioning and securing of materials and work pieces during installation
* Performs minor maintenance or cleaning activities of tools and equipment
* Assists other mechanics as needed
* Respiratory protection is common and may be required
* Required to pass employer performance tests or standard tests to meet certification standards.
* Performs only procedures certified in
* Responsible for observing and complying with all safety and project rules.
* Performs other duties as required
* Work within precise limits or standards of accuracy
* Make decisions based on measurable criteria
* Apply basic mathematics to solve problems
* Plan work and select proper tools
* Visualize objects in three dimensions from plans and drawings
* Compare and see differences in the size, shape and form of lines, figures and objects

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How To Become A Combo Welder

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer.

Education & Training

A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training is typically required to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer. High school technical education courses and postsecondary institutions, such as vocational–technical institutes, community colleges, and private welding, soldering, and brazing schools offer formal technical training. In addition, the U.S. Armed Forces operate welding and soldering schools.

Courses in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy are helpful.

An understanding of electricity also is helpful, and knowledge of computers is gaining importance as welding, soldering, and brazing machine operators become more responsible for programming robots and other computer-controlled machines.

Although numerous employers are willing to hire inexperienced entry-level workers and train them on the job, many prefer to hire workers who have been through training or credentialing programs. Even entry-level workers with formal technical training still receive several months of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Courses leading to certification are offered at many welding schools. For example, 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.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws. The ability to see details and characteristics of the joint and detect changes in molten metal flows requires good eyesight and attention to detail.

Manual dexterity. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must have a steady hand to hold a torch in one place. Workers must also have good hand-eye coordination.

Physical stamina. The ability to endure long periods of standing or repetitious movements is important for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.

Physical strength. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be in good physical condition. They often must lift heavy pieces of metal and move welding or cutting equipment, and sometimes bend, stoop, or reach while working.

Spatial-orientation skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to read, understand, and interpret two- and three-dimensional diagrams in order to fit metal products correctly.

Technical skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to operate manual or semiautomatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Navajo

  • Japanese


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Top Combo Welder Skills

  1. TIG Process
  2. MIG
  3. Smaw
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Weld stainless and carbon steel pipe, using tig process according to blueprints.Reason for Leaving: QUIT For personal reason.
  • Used sub arc mig and Flux Core Process also weld on some pipe using tig process.
  • Started and completed x-ray welds correctly the first time using the GTAW and SMAW weld processes.
  • Cut, Fit, Weld 304 Stainless Sanitary Piping using GTAW process.
  • Stick and flux core welding of mild steel, heavy plate and stainless steel.

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