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Become A Welder Operator

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Working As A Welder Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $32,578

    Average Salary

What Does A Welder Operator Do At Black Hills Corporation

Achieve and maintain all Operator Qualifications applicable to the job classification

How To Become A Welder Operator

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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Welder Operator Career Paths

Welder Operator
Structural Welder Welder Fitter Numerical Control Operator
2nd Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Machine Shop Supervisor
Assembly Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Numerical Control Operator Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Welder Driver Field Supervisor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Operator Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Welder Operator
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Foreman General Foreman
Piping Superintendent
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Welder Fitter Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Welder Fitter Foreman Maintenance Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Security Officer Safety Officer
Safety Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Foreman Inspector
Senior Inspector
7 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Material Handler Welder
Shop Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Welder Millwright General Foreman
9 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Delivery Driver Welder
Welding Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
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Welder Operator Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Czech

  • Portuguese

  • Dutch

  • French

  • Slovak

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Thai

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Top Skills for A Welder Operator


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Top Welder Operator Skills

  1. Inspect Parts
  2. MIG
  3. Safety Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repair, hand weld, metal finish, and inspect parts when needed.
  • Repair of incorrect welds using manual Mig welding equipment.
  • Observe and obey all safety rules, regulations and practices and employ all safety equipment and devices.
  • Operated and maintained Heavy equipment; repaired and rebuilt machinery; prepared and performed heavy structural welding repairs
  • Team lead of First aid /first responder Tiger team.

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