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Working As A Maintenance Welder

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $42,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Welder Do

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. They also fill holes, indentations, or seams of metal products.

Duties

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers typically do the following:

  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications
  • Calculate dimensions to be welded
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Maintain equipment and machinery

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join steel beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary with the industry. Arc welding, the most common type of welding today, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld normally is determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place.

Cutters use heat to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. The work of arc, plasma, and oxy–gas cutters is closely related to that of welders. However, instead of joining metals, cutters use the heat from an electric arc, a stream of ionized gas called plasma, or burning gases to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. Cutters also dismantle large objects, such as ships, railroad cars, automobiles, buildings, and aircraft. Some operate and monitor cutting machines similar to those used by welding machine operators.

Solderers and brazers also use heat to join two or more metal objects together. Soldering and brazing are similar, except that the temperature used to melt the filler metal is lower in soldering. Soldering uses metals with a melting point below 840 degrees Fahrenheit. Brazing uses metals with a higher melting point. 

Soldering and brazing workers use molten metal to join two pieces of metal. However, the metal added during the soldering or brazing process has a melting point lower than that of the piece, so only the added metal is melted, not the piece. Therefore, these processes normally do not create distortions or weaknesses in the piece, as can occur with welding.

Soldering commonly is used to make electrical and electronic circuit boards, such as computer chips. Soldering workers tend to work with small pieces that must be positioned precisely.

Brazing often is used to connect cast iron and thinner metals that the higher temperatures of welding would warp. Brazing also can be used to apply coatings to parts in order to reduce wear and protect against corrosion.

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How To Become A Maintenance 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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Maintenance Welder Career Paths

Maintenance Welder
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pipe Welder Pipe Fitter Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Pipe Welder Pipe Fitter Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pipe Welder Pipe Foreman Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Technician Production Supervisor
Planting Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Technician Shop Foreman
Shop Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Weld Inspector Quality Assurance Inspector Electrician
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sheet Metal Mechanic Shop Foreman Numerical Control Programmer
Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Sheet Metal Mechanic Shop Foreman Lead Welder
Welding Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Construction Inspector Senior Inspector
Lead Inspector
6 Yearsyrs
Weld Inspector Quality Assurance Line Leader
2nd Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Millwright/Welder Iron Worker Lead Welder
Lead Fabricator
5 Yearsyrs
Iron Worker Lead Welder Lead Fabricator
Fabrication Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Machinist Mechanic Diesel Technician
Shop Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Welding Foreman Welding Supervisor Fabrication Supervisor
Fabrication Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Journeyman Welder 5.1 years
Welder First Class 4.0 years
Welder Fitter 3.7 years
Lead Welder 3.6 years
Combination Welder 3.5 years
Welder 3.5 years
Pipe Welder 3.5 years
Millwright/Welder 3.3 years
Maintenance Welder 3.0 years
Welder-Assembler 3.0 years
TIG Welder 2.9 years
MIG Welder 2.8 years
Welder Operator 2.8 years
Structural Welder 2.7 years
Steel Welder 2.4 years
Aluminum Welder 2.2 years
Tank Welder 2.1 years
Tack Welder 1.8 years
Welder Apprentice 1.7 years
Welder Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Welder
Welder 43.0%
MIG Welder 2.6%
Mechanic 2.4%
Cashier 2.0%
Supervisor 1.9%
TIG Welder 1.8%
Owner 1.7%
Foreman 1.5%
Top Careers After Maintenance Welder
Welder 39.6%
Owner 2.7%
Supervisor 2.3%
MIG Welder 2.1%
Technician 2.1%
Mechanic 1.9%
TIG Welder 1.8%
Driver 1.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$42,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kinder Morgan
Highest Paying City
Reno, NV
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Maintenance Welder make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Welder in the United States is $42,721 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $65,000.

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Welder

  1. Plasma Arc
  2. MIG
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Skilled with outer shield metal arc, stick, oxy/ace cutting assembly, plasma arc cutting.
  • Work on frames production line as robotic welding operator* Operate Robotic MIG Welder and other hand held tools as required.
  • Applied safety procedures including proper machine guarding, lockout and tag out procedures.
  • Provide welding instruction in all areas including first year to B pressure, carbon, chrome and stainless, TIG and aluminum
  • Welded metal parts with SMAW, and gas welding equipment as specified by layout, welding diagram, or work order.

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Top 10 Best States for Maintenance Welders

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  2. Mississippi
  3. Nevada
  4. Louisiana
  5. Connecticut
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Alabama
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Vermont
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Maintenance Welder Resume Examples And Tips

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Maintenance Welder Demographics

Gender

Male

87.0%

Female

8.7%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

65.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.5%

Russian

5.0%

Polish

5.0%

Vietnamese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

French

2.5%

Czech

2.5%

Slovak

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Maintenance Welder Education

Schools

Tulsa Welding School

23.7%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

7.3%

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

6.2%

Piedmont Technical College

5.6%

New Castle School of Trades

4.5%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.5%

Apex Technical School

4.5%

Illinois Welding School

4.5%

Vincennes University

4.0%

North Central State College

4.0%

Welder Training and Testing Institute

4.0%

Technology Center

3.4%

Forsyth Technical Community College

3.4%

Shelton State Community College

3.4%

Hinds Community College

2.8%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.8%

Lansing Community College

2.8%

Del Mar College

2.8%

Universal Technical Institute

2.8%

Ferris State University

2.8%
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Majors

Precision Metal Working

49.7%

Business

6.5%

Industrial Technology

5.5%

General Studies

4.4%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

Apparel And Textiles

3.2%

Drafting And Design

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Civil Engineering

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Engineering

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.4%

Computer Science

1.3%

Educational Technology

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.2%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

36.2%

Certificate

22.7%

Associate

19.3%

Diploma

12.4%

Bachelors

7.5%

Masters

1.3%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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