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Working As A Welding Specialist

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Welding Specialist 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 Welding Specialist

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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Highest Welding Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Welding Specialist-Subsea Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2016 $108,828
Welding Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2013 $104,141
Welding Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $94,000
Welding Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 28, 2016 $94,000
Welding Specialist J.P. Kenny, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 25, 2010 $87,000
Welding Specialist Wood Group Integrity Management, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 05, 2010 $87,000
Tank Welding Specialist Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Gregory, TX Jun 13, 2016 $80,244

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Top Skills for A Welding Specialist

  1. Plasma Arc
  2. MIG
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used MIG/TIG and stick welding on carbon steel, tool steel, Stainless steel, and aluminum spool gun fabrication.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
  • Oversee computer program and setup robotic welder to maintain tight specifications for automobile products, producing over three-hundred parts daily.
  • Welded plate and structural steel in accordance with ASME and AWS codes and standards.
  • Weld scissor lift links and other parts using GMAW weld process.

Welding Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

85.6%

Unknown

8.6%

Female

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Tagalog

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Welding Specialist Education

Schools

South Seattle Community College

9.3%

Modern Welding School

7.4%

Big Bend Community College

7.4%

Tulsa Welding School

7.4%

Ohio State University

5.6%

Everett Community College

5.6%

University of Phoenix

5.6%

Illinois Welding School

5.6%

Paris Junior College

5.6%

University of Kentucky

3.7%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.7%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Tidewater Community College

3.7%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.7%

Perry Technical Institute

3.7%

Central Carolina Technical College

3.7%

Lee College

3.7%

Illinois Central College

3.7%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.7%
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Majors

Precision Metal Working

35.9%

Business

9.0%

Industrial Technology

8.3%

Mechanical Engineering

6.2%

General Studies

4.1%

Automotive Technology

4.1%

Engineering

4.1%

Apparel And Textiles

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Computer Science

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Biology

2.1%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Mechatronics And Robotics

2.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.1%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Management

1.4%

International Business

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

39.3%

Associate

23.8%

Bachelors

13.6%

Certificate

12.6%

Diploma

5.3%

Masters

2.9%

License

1.5%

Doctorate

1.0%
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