Welders join pieces of metal together by using heat to melt and fuse the metal. Welding torches and machines create heat with electricity and gas. They make the frames for buildings, and repair metal structures.
• Welders weld steel beams, iron pipes, and large metal plates for building ships and planes.
• Welding machine operators set up and operate welding machines.
• Fix broken or cracked parts with welding equipment.
Where and When:
• Welders may work inside of factories or outside of buildings.
• Welders may work outdoors, often in bad weather, or indoors.
• When outdoors, they may work on a platform high off the ground.
• About half of welders work a 40-hour week, overtime is common, and some welders work up to 70 hours per week.
• Welders also may work in shifts as long as 12 hours.
• Some welders work in factories that never close.
What or Who They Work With:
• Blow Torches
• Gas arc welders
• Truck lifts
• Welding Masks, Hard Hats, Safety Glasses, Safety Gloves
• Drill Presses
• Computers and software
• They may work with other welders and factory workers.
Education and Training:
• Most welders must have a high school diploma.
• Welders also take welding classes and work with other welders to learn skills.
• This is called on the job training or apprenticeship.
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Tool and Die maker
- Aircraft Assembler
Related School Subjects:
• Mechanical Drawing
• Metal Shop
• Machine Shop
• Career and Technical Education
• Drawing and Design
• Industrial Arts
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