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Become A Welder Fitter

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Working As A Welder Fitter

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $31,451

    Average Salary

What Does A Welder Fitter Do

A Welder Fitter is responsible for manufacturing metal components and assembling structural forms, such as bridge parts and pressure vessels. They report fabrication issues and assist in the resolutions process as well as propose potential quality or productivity enhancements for products.

How To Become A Welder Fitter

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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Real Welder Fitter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Welder, Cutter and Welders Fitters Fortune Interior Dismantling Corp. Ridgefield, NJ Sep 01, 2011 $70,958
Welder Fitters Gabriel's Wrought Iron, Inc. DBA Gabriel's Iron Works New York, NY Apr 01, 2010 $66,784
Welders-Fitters Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. Philadelphia, PA Nov 24, 2008 $65,000
Certified Welder Tr Pipe Inc. NY Oct 01, 2010 $64,480 -
$70,000
Welder-Fitters AMCC Industries Inc. NY Feb 04, 2010 $49,149 -
$56,975
Welder Fitter Sc Maritime Management Philadelphia Ltd Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2009 $48,295
Welder Fitters Gabriels Wrought Iron, Inc. DBA 'Gabriel 's Iron Works New York, NY Nov 16, 2010 $48,001
Welder Fitter Sc Maritime Management Philadelphia Ltd Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2009 $47,777
Welder-Fitter Gulf Cooper & Manufacturing Corp. TX Feb 04, 2013 $47,250
Welder-Fitters Mega Vision Inc. New York, NY Dec 08, 2010 $46,634
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters USA Iron, LLC. Kearny, NJ Feb 08, 2011 $46,634
Certified Welder Tr Pipe Inc. NY Oct 01, 2010 $46,634 -
$64,480
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters USA Iron, LLC. Kearny, NJ Jul 12, 2012 $46,634
Welder-Fitter Castle Sanitation Corp. NY Dec 07, 2010 $31,451
Welder-Fitter Corona Industries Corp. New York, NY Dec 08, 2010 $31,451
Welder-Fitter Donald Wainlands Inc. NY Apr 17, 2009 $31,451
Welder-Fitter Corona Industries Corp. New York, NY Feb 13, 2009 $31,451
Welder Fitter Palmetto Construction, Inc. FL Jul 31, 2011 $30,888
Welder Fitter Dependable Scrap Co., Inc. NY May 20, 2010 $30,700
Welder-Fitters Milestone Tarant, LLC Capitol Heights, MD Aug 14, 2008 $30,366
Welder-Fitter Zinc Construction Corp. Newark, NJ Apr 09, 2009 $29,823
Welder-Fitter 5318 16Th Ave Enterprises LLC New York, NY Aug 11, 2008 $29,823
Welder-Fitter Zinc Construction Corp. Newark, NJ Apr 23, 2009 $29,823
Welder-Fitter Yaboo Fence Co. Inc. Nyack, NY Aug 29, 2008 $29,823
Welder-Fitter 387 Quincy Associate New York, NY May 20, 2008 $29,823
Welder-Fitter Apollo Tech New York, NY Apr 11, 2008 $29,823
Welder-Fitters Thomas Russo & Sons, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 22, 2010 $29,823 -
$30,262
Welder-Fitter The Welding Shop Inc. . New York, NY Apr 16, 2008 $29,823
Welder-Fitter Orbit Plumbing & Heating, Inc. New York, NY May 21, 2008 $29,823

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Top Skills for A Welder Fitter

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Top Welder Fitter Skills

  1. MIG
  2. TIG
  3. Plasma Arc
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with both MiG, and arc, mostly arc welding.
  • Fabricated racks, gear covers and trailers with tight tolerance specifications for heavy commercial, agricultural and construction equipment.
  • Used processes including gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, plasma arc and shielded metal arc welding.
  • Certified on Stainless and Carbon Pipe Welding and Flux core Wire Welding with ceramic tape.
  • Set up and verified the functionality of safety equipment.

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