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Top Welder Operator Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a welder operator. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of welder operator resumes they appeared on. For example, 11.7% of welder operator resumes contained mig as a skill. Let's find out what skills a welder operator actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

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The six most common skills found on Welder Operator resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. MIG

high Demand

Here's how MIG is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Weld and fabricate handrails and other misc metals to be sent offshore for installation *3/4-1 inch Flux Core, MIG
  • Coordinate with Automation Engineer to correct weld problems using my experience in MIG welding.
  • Run multitude of weld operator from resistance welding to Robotic MiG Welding.
  • Operate the welding robots and did rework with the MIG welder.
  • Perform welding using TIG, MIG, FLEXCORE, STICK.
  • Machine maintenance welding tips/nozzles/diffusers/and wire on MIG welding robots.
  • Performed MIG and TIG welding on robotic frames Welded stainless steel, steel, and aluminum.
  • Inspect raw metal stamping before loading onto fixture for spot or robotic or mig welding.
  • Removed and repaired unacceptable welds with mig welder and grinder to meet quality guidelines.
  • Operated robotic welding maching, packed finished parts, and touch up MIG welding
  • Assembled parts in the mig welder and swiped a button.
  • Weld using mig and stick on different cans and trucks.
  • Operate robotic MIG,TIG, and spot welding machines.
  • Operate Mig Welder, inventory and supervise a team of co-workers
  • Assembled and mig welded operator cabs from blueprints.
  • Welded bins together by using Mig Welders.
  • Attached (Mig Weld), Removed Tabs (Plasma Cutter), Pipe Inside Suction, Pipe Inside Cleaning.
  • Used mig, tig (aluminum and carbon steel) and stick weld processes.
  • Operate Motoman and Wolf robotic welder using Mig, adjusting welded and troubleshooting.
  • Used welding processes including: mig, tig, aluminum wire feed.

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2. Car Parts

high Demand

Car parts comprise the different pieces, tools, and equipment positions in a particular automotive or area depending on the model type of vehicle. It is typically made and manufactured separately and used to repair or assemble a car. It includes the radiator, battery, engine, brakes, suspension, alternator, and the front axle.

Here's how Car Parts is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Weld car part brackets together for windows of all different cars.
  • Machine welded car parts for production.
  • Weld car parts...and gather materials
  • Weld nuts on car parts, but parts in weld cell for robot to weld pieces together.
  • Used a machine to weld medal parts together to make car parts
  • Put car parts into cells with robots to weld them

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3. Safety Rules

high Demand

Principles or regulations that ensure the protection of people, objects, or the environment are called safety rules. These rules can be governing actions, devices, or procedures that help in minimizing the risks of loss, injury, or damage.

Here's how Safety Rules is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Observe and obey all safety rules, regulations and practices and employ all safety equipment and devices.
  • Follow safety rules and regulations for material movement, and safety procedures for automated equipment and warehouse material movement vehicles.
  • Planned and implemented alterations to ensure safety, to improve operator ergonomics, and to increase machine productivity.
  • Observed and followed all safety rules and procedures, including wearing required personal safety equipment.
  • Followed established safety rules and regulations to maintain a safe work environment.
  • Conducted safety inspections and followed safety rules and procedures.

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4. Hand Tools

high Demand

Here's how Hand Tools is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Operated wide variety of equipment including power saws, sanders grinders, cranes drill press, forklift and basic hand tools.
  • Clean equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools.
  • Load materials and products into machines, or onto conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Used soldering irons, hand tools, power tools, welding equipment.
  • Used varioustypes of hand tools micrometers, calipers, depth gauges
  • Utilized hand tools, measuring gages and welding machine equipment.

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5. Gmaw

high Demand

Gas metal arc welding is a welding process in which an electrical arc forms between the workpiece metal and a consumable metal inert gas wire electrode.

Here's how Gmaw is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Fit and weld gas and fluid ports on to accumulator bodies using robotic GMAW welding equipment.
  • Instruct, Demonstrate, and Assist students taking any of the three major electrical processes, GMAW, SMAW, and GTAW
  • Conducted weld wire testing that added solid GMAW wire availability and avoided expenses of $12,000 per spindle.
  • Certified students in weld processes SMAW, GMAW, GTAW.OAW, and both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • Teach beginning welding night classes for adults in basic metal fabrication, SMAW, GMAW welding processes.
  • Used SMAW and GMAW for Heavy Frame Assembly / Studied Blueprints, Heavy Torch Work and Grinding.

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6. Quality Checks

high Demand

Quality checks are a component of quality control aimed at ensuring that quality requirements are met. Internally, quality checks provide assurance to managers, and externally, it provides assurance to clients, federal departments, authorities, and certifiers.

Here's how Quality Checks is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Provide quality control checks on parts to make sure parts were in line with spec requirements.
  • Used compressed air gun with chisel to perform periodic quality checks to insure product quality.
  • Preformed quality checks once an hour for weld and final size of tube.
  • Make quality checks, on parts being ran, every fifteen minutes.
  • Produced quality goods by performing quality checks at scheduled times.
  • Performed Quality Control checks and kept accurate records.
  • Performed quality control checks on every batch completed.
  • Performed quality checks with digital gauge to ensure partspecifications met customers needs.
  • feed parts to weld machine, complete quality checks, sort and ship
  • Performed quality checks using digital calipers and various other types of gages.
  • Performed quality control checks using micrometers, and laser measuring devices.

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7. Heavy Equipment

high Demand

Heavy equipment, also known as heavy machinery, refers to heavy-duty trucks that are specifically built to complete building works, most often earthwork activities or other major construction projects. Heavy machinery works by multiplying the amount of input force added to force exerted, allowing jobs that would otherwise take hundreds of workers and weeks of labor to be completed in a fraction of the time.

Here's how Heavy Equipment is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Operated heavy equipment including rough terrain/telescopic boom forklift.
  • Operate different heavy equipment safely.
  • Operated several types of heavy equipment (bulldozer, backhoe, forklift, belly crane, etc.)
  • Operated Heavy equipment, and cranes for craft support for shut downs, and plant related maintenance.
  • Operated heavy equipment such as a loader, skid steer, earth mover, and water truck.
  • Key Functions: * Line boring, operated heavy equipment* Repaired cracked frames, Relined buckets
  • Assisted with new metal building construction, manufacturing plant additions, and moving heavy equipment.
  • Operated heavy equipment (bulldozers, backhoes, forklifts, and sky lift).
  • Work and perform maintenance on equipment, welded fences and heavy equipment.
  • Operated heavy equipment in order to apply asphalt to the roads.
  • Operated track loader, skid steer, and other heavy equipment.
  • Operate heavy equipment such as excavators and bulldozer.
  • welded up re bar and operated heavy equipment such as backhoe, skid steer, and dump trucks
  • Use of heavy equipment to maintain grounds including; various tractors and power tools.Trinity Towers welding operator
  • Perform all welding repairs to highwall miner and heavy equipment as directed by foreman.
  • chain link, dog ear, livestock and decorative) Repairs on heavy equipment, trailers, trucks and brush guards.
  • Operate heavy equipment including skid loader, backhoe , excavator, crane in order to safely install safety equipment.
  • Welded when needed, ran heavy equipment, formed up with symons forms, tied rebar and poured concrete.
  • Performed PE Pipe Welding * Heavy equipment operator and welder * Surveying
  • Operate heavy equipment hard surface Run crews Underground Maintenance on equipment

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8. Aluminum

high Demand

Aluminum is the most common nonferrous metal and the most prevalent metallic material in the Earth's crust. Aluminum is never found in its metallic form in nature, but its compounds can be found in varying degrees in nearly all minerals, vegetation, and animals. Cans, foils, cooking utensils, door frames, kegs, and aeroplane pieces are all made of aluminum.

Here's how Aluminum is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Performed forming/ fabrication/ welding of aluminum and steel.
  • Fabricate aluminum irrigation gates according to appropriate dimensions.
  • Fabricate aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel projects.
  • Worked for REV Ambulance Group welded aluminum brackets in the back of the ambulance according to blueprintspecs
  • operated a hinge welding machine in the production of commercial aluminum doors.
  • bush hog, backhoe, trailers, tractors, aluminum trailers, hay equipment.)

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9. TIG

high Demand

Here's how TIG is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Completed program and received certificate in Tig welding.
  • Used welding processes including: tig welding.
  • Pipe welding [tig] .
  • Operated a cutting torch * TIG Welder * Aluminum TIG * Fabricator * Welding/assembling
  • Hand-welded MIG/ TIG as needed.
  • Experienced in mill industry maintenance, stick and TIG welding, torch burning, fabrication, forklift, and crane operation.

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10. Inspect Parts

high Demand

Inspect parts are those components of machinery, that are regularly inspected or replaced at every examination. These examinations are conducted at regular intervals to gauge the performance of different parts of the machine, ensuring that every part of the machine is functioning properly. If, however, a certain component of the machine is malfunctioning or has been broken, it is replaced.

Here's how Inspect Parts is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Loaded parts into spot welder, packaging, inspect parts, end the shift paperwork and housekeeping.
  • Inspect parts, welds and insure there are no defects.
  • Inspect parts for defects and for proper welds.
  • Inspect parts for quality and completion.
  • Use of wheelabrator sandblasting machine to clean parts to be welded.
  • Welded Production and Programmed and Operated Robot Welder and Clean Parts and powder coated off and on for 2 1/2 years.

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11. Safety Procedures

high Demand

Safety procedures are a set of standardized procedures, that ensures minimal to no risk to people, resources, and the work environment. A company follows the step-by-step safety procedures as it they not only keep the customers and the employees safe, but also help in avoiding legal claims.

Here's how Safety Procedures is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Follow all the safety procedures, environmental guideline
  • Committed to safety and following safety procedures.
  • Established safety procedures l, trained new employees and also assisted with field set up and tear downs
  • Have working knowledge of safety procedures, including lock-out/tag-out.
  • Work in compliance with military specifications and international welding codes and safety procedures.
  • Developed and implemented shop safety procedures and reduced safety incidents 30%.

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12. General Maintenance

high Demand

General maintenance is the regular check-up and repairs of machinery, buildings, and other mechanical equipment. General maintenance is performed by repair workers who are skilled to handle the day-to-day defects produced in the machinery. General maintenance aims to make sure the items remain in the best operational conditions. Usually, a set of planned activities are performed regularly by an expert to monitor the maintenance.

Here's how General Maintenance is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • General maintenance for 3 active assembly lines
  • Organized tool inventory and performed general maintenance duties.
  • Job duties included general maintenance and operation.
  • General maintenance of equipment, Metal Fabricating.
  • General maintenance welding including custom design.
  • General maintenance on operational machinery.

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13. Assembly Line

high Demand

Assembly line is a process used in industries to ensure the production of products in a cost effective manner by dividing up the responsibilities of each labor. Assembly lines enabled industries to hire more workers, therefore providing more employment opportunities to labors. This is possible because in this process the burden of all the tasks related to production are not laid on a single person, they are divided into small baby steps for each labor.

Here's how Assembly Line is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Manufacture automobile parts on assembly line.
  • Welded and fabricated screens and guards for rock crusher and for assembly line belts to meet OSHA and MSHA standards.
  • Inspected oven cavities to ensure that top quality parts were sent to the main assembly lines.
  • Operate robotic welder & paint assembly line in an industrial production facility.
  • Set up and operated a press machine on the assembly line.
  • Assembled and welded various stations along the pallet jack assembly line.
  • Work as a team to keep assembly line moving along.
  • Inspect and organize on assembly line.

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14. Overhead Cranes

high Demand

Here's how Overhead Cranes is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Operated 2-30 ton overhead cranes, and 100 ton gantry crane.
  • Operate overhead cranes and fork-lifts to move structures Skills Used Welding Grinding Operation Cranes/Forklifts Fabrication
  • Loaded and unloaded finished material onto company trucks using overhead cranes.
  • Manufactured overhead cranes from inception to completion.
  • Experienced in operating overhead cranes.
  • Trained to use and operated jigs, fixtures, computerized alignment equipment, overhead cranes, floor jacks, and forklifts.

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15. Air Arc

average Demand

Air carbon arc cutting, metal arc gouging, or, more commonly, Air Arc is a term referring to a process in which metal material is cut and melted through the heat of a carbon arc, after which the molten metal is removed via an air jet. Carbon arc is a process and method in which a gaseous form of carbon is broken down and produces heat and light.

Here's how Air Arc is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Use Air Arc to cut and remove pieces of defective steel.
  • Certified Welder-Furnace Operator-Fork Lift Operator-Overhead Crane Operator-Plate line furnace/punch press operator-Plate line shear/grinder operator-Arc air burner-Rotary dump flame hardener operator-Temporary supervisor
  • Submerged arc, cutting, air arcing, track welding and cutting, plasma cutting and gouging.
  • Removed and repaired unacceptable welds with an air arc and grinder to meet quality guidelines.
  • Removed and repaired unacceptable welds with an air arc and grinder to meet quality guidelines.
  • Take apart and put back together with plasma cutter, air arc gouge, torch and stick and flux core welding.

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16. Tack

average Demand

Here's how Tack is used in Welder Operator jobs:
  • Tack and welded handcarts together Clean up shop at end.
  • Weld parts per print Cut and salvage defective parts Operate welding robots Tack weld parts using assigned fixtures
  • Tack welding Sub arc welding Solid wire weld Stainless steel welding ESAB operationo Machine programmingo Scrap management
  • Loaded materials in a jig and tack up for robot then take and fix welds and PolishI made $15.00
  • Set up, tack and perform all types of welding on all gauges of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • Tack welded parts together to move the dumpsters down the line to be finished.

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Online Courses For Welder Operators

One of the best ways to acquire the skills needed to be a welder operator is to take an online course. We've identified some online courses from Udemy and Coursera that will help you advance in your career. Since welder operators benefit from having skills like mig, car parts, and safety rules, we found courses that will help you improve these skills.

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20 Most Common Skill For A Welder Operator

MIG11.7%
Car Parts11.4%
Safety Rules10.3%
Hand Tools7.8%
Gmaw5%
Quality Checks4.8%
Heavy Equipment4.8%
Aluminum4.6%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Welder Operator

RankascdescSkillascdescPercentage of ResumesPercentageascdesc
1
1
MIG
MIG
11.7%
11.7%
2
2
Car Parts
Car Parts
11.4%
11.4%
3
3
Safety Rules
Safety Rules
10.3%
10.3%
4
4
Hand Tools
Hand Tools
7.8%
7.8%
5
5
Gmaw
Gmaw
5%
5%
6
6
Quality Checks
Quality Checks
4.8%
4.8%
7
7
Heavy Equipment
Heavy Equipment
4.8%
4.8%
8
8
Aluminum
Aluminum
4.6%
4.6%
9
9
TIG
TIG
3.3%
3.3%
10
10
Inspect Parts
Inspect Parts
2.5%
2.5%
11
11
Safety Procedures
Safety Procedures
2.5%
2.5%
12
12
General Maintenance
General Maintenance
2.1%
2.1%
13
13
Assembly Line
Assembly Line
2.1%
2.1%
14
14
Overhead Cranes
Overhead Cranes
1.8%
1.8%
15
15
Air Arc
Air Arc
1.6%
1.6%
16
16
Tack
Tack
1.6%
1.6%
17
17
Welders
Welders
1.5%
1.5%
18
18
CNC
CNC
1.4%
1.4%
19
19
Smaw
Smaw
1.3%
1.3%
20
20
Clamp
Clamp
1.3%
1.3%
21
21
Toyota
Toyota
1.1%
1.1%
22
22
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
1.1%
1.1%
23
23
Fcaw
Fcaw
1.1%
1.1%
24
24
Product Quality
Product Quality
1%
1%
25
25
ISO
ISO
1%
1%
26
26
Component Parts
Component Parts
0.9%
0.9%
27
27
Proper Machine
Proper Machine
0.9%
0.9%
28
28
Production Goals
Production Goals
0.8%
0.8%
29
29
PPE
PPE
0.8%
0.8%
30
30
Job Sites
Job Sites
0.8%
0.8%
31
31
Routine Maintenance
Routine Maintenance
0.7%
0.7%
32
32
Structural Steel
Structural Steel
0.6%
0.6%
33
33
Drill Press
Drill Press
0.6%
0.6%
34
34
Ensure Conformance
Ensure Conformance
0.6%
0.6%
35
35
Quality Standards
Quality Standards
0.6%
0.6%
36
36
API
API
0.6%
0.6%
37
37
Quality Inspection
Quality Inspection
0.5%
0.5%
38
38
Bobcat
Bobcat
0.4%
0.4%
39
39
Efficient Operation
Efficient Operation
0.4%
0.4%
40
40
Honda
Honda
0.4%
0.4%
41
41
Safety Guidelines
Safety Guidelines
0.4%
0.4%
42
42
Rough Spots
Rough Spots
0.3%
0.3%
43
43
Welding Tools
Welding Tools
0.3%
0.3%
44
44
Communication
Communication
0.2%
0.2%
45
45
Heavy Machinery
Heavy Machinery
0.2%
0.2%
46
46
Combination Squares
Combination Squares
0.2%
0.2%
47
47
Customer Specifications
Customer Specifications
0.1%
0.1%
48
48
Bond Components
Bond Components
0.1%
0.1%

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