What does a Welder do?
Welders use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts, or to fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products. They apply heat to metal pieces and by melting and fusing them, they form a new and permanent bond.
Welders are used in various fields including aerospace, manufacturing, and shipbuilding. Welders take various metal components and fuse them together using intense heat to form the final and desired product. They operate and maintain the machinery that fabricates and repairs metal structures, equipment, or machines. Welders read and interpret diagrams, sketches, and blueprints and determine a project’s required materials and time frame. They set up, operate, and maintain the welding equipment and understand and implement personal safety codes and company safety measures by wearing specialized gear and communicating safely and clearly with the essential workers on their team, customers, and clients. Most welders attend a technical school or community college program to learn their trade and to gain certification.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a welder
When working as a welder, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Stick, Smaw, Strong WORK Ethic, MIG Welding and FCAW.
- Machine Operator
- Project Manager
The most common qualifications to become a welder is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.