A journeyman welder is responsible for welding different types of metals to create larger, industrial pipes. He/She reads and interprets blueprints, specifications, drawings, or schematics to identify the required welding process. He/She welds, fabricates and repairs metal and other weldable material by applying relevant welding techniques. Likewise, he/she welds metal parts, designs and builds fixtures, and operates welding equipment and tools. Additionally, he/she inspects completed welds to ensure they meet specifications.
Primarily, the educational requirement for this position is a high school diploma or its equivalent. Employers may require formal training or apprenticeship in the area of specialty. To work as a journeyman welder, you need at least three years of related experience and necessary technical skills. You must be able to work under established procedures for a specific job. This position earns you an hourly rate of $20.13 or an annual salary of $41,870. This varies from $32,000 to $54,000.