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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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Hispanic or Latino10.3%
Black or African American0.5%
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Tulsa Welding School29.0%
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology6.9%
University of Phoenix5.4%
Hinds Community College4.7%
Greenville Technical College4.7%
New Castle School of Trades4.0%
Houston Community College3.7%
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College3.7%
Texas State Technical College - Waco3.5%
Florence-Darlington Technical College3.4%
Southwestern Illinois College3.2%
Ferris State University3.0%
Trident Technical College2.9%
Del Mar College2.9%
Fox Valley Technical College2.7%
Bishop State Community College2.7%
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|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 -
|Welder-Fitters||AMCC Industries Inc.||NY||Feb 04, 2010||$49,149 -
|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 -
|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||387 Quincy Associate||New York, NY||May 20, 2008||$29,823|
|Welder-Fitters||Thomas Russo & Sons, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 22, 2010||$29,823 -
|Welder-Fitter||5318 16Th Ave Enterprises LLC||New York, NY||Aug 11, 2008||$29,823|
|Welder-Fitter||Apollo Tech||New York, NY||Apr 11, 2008||$29,823|
|Welder-Fitter||Zinc Construction Corp.||Newark, NJ||Apr 23, 2009||$29,823|
|Welder-Fitter||Zinc Construction Corp.||Newark, NJ||Apr 09, 2009||$29,823|
|Welder-Fitter||Orbit Plumbing & Heating, Inc.||New York, NY||May 21, 2008||$29,823|
|Welder-Fitter||The Welding Shop Inc. .||New York, NY||Apr 16, 2008||$29,823|
|Welder-Fitter||Yaboo Fence Co. Inc.||Nyack, NY||Aug 29, 2008||$29,823|
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