Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
SOC: 51-4121.06

Description:

Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
397,900 employed

Projected (2024):
412,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acetylene Cutter
  • Acetylene Torch Burner
  • Aluminum Welder
  • Arc Cutter
  • Arc Welder
  • Arc Welder Apprentice
  • Atomic Welder
  • Bar Welder
  • Basin Finish Operator-Tig Welder
  • Bit Welder
  • Blade Worker
  • Body Welder
  • Boiler Welder
  • Burner
  • Butt Welder
  • Can Solderer
  • Combination Welder
  • Combination Welder Apprentice
  • Cutting Torch Operator
  • Die Welder
  • Electric Arc Welder
  • Electric Spot Welder
  • Electric Welder
  • Experimental Welder
  • Fabrication Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Filament Welder
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Fitter/Welder
  • Flame Burner
  • Flame Cutter
  • Flash Welder
  • Frame Welder Cargo Utility Trailers
  • Gas Burner Operator
  • Gas Cutter
  • Gas Welder
  • Gas Welder Apprentice
  • Getter Welder
  • Gun Welder
  • Hand Thermal Cutter
  • Heliarc Welder
  • Helium Arc Welder
  • Induction Heating Equipment Setter
  • Industrial Welder
  • Iron Cutter
  • Journeyman Pipe Welder
  • Lap Welder
  • Lead Burner
  • Lead Burner Apprentice
  • Line Welder
  • Liner Assembler
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Master Welder
  • Mechanic and Welder
  • Mechanic, Welder, Truck Driver
  • Mechanic/Welder
  • Metal Welder
  • Mig Welder
  • Mig-Welder
  • Oxyacetylene Burner
  • Oxyacetylene Cutter
  • Oxyacetylene Torch Operator
  • Oxyacetylene Welder
  • Oxyhydrogen Welder
  • Production Line Welder
  • Production Welder
  • Rail Bonder
  • Robotic Welder
  • Scrap Cutter
  • Scrap Iron Cutter
  • Scrap Metal Burner
  • Second Class Welder
  • Service Tech/Welder
  • Set-Up Welder, Mig, Tig, and Stick Welding
  • Sheet Metal Welder
  • Shotweld Operator
  • Spot Welder
  • Steel Burner
  • Steel Cutter
  • Steel Welder
  • Stitch Welder
  • Structural Welder
  • Sub Arc Operator
  • Tack Welder
  • Tank Truck Mechanic
  • Tank Welder
  • Thermite Welder
  • Tig Welder
  • Torch Burner
  • Torch Cutter
  • Torch Heater
  • Torch Operator
  • Torch Shearer
  • Torch Straightener
  • Torch Straightener and Heater
  • Ultrasonic Solderer
  • Underwater Welder
  • Unionmelt Operator
  • Weld Lay Out Worker
  • Welder
  • Welder and Fitter
  • Welder Apprentice
  • Welder Fabricator
  • Welder First Class
  • Welder Fitter
  • Welder Operator
  • Welder Tech
  • Welder, Metal Fab
  • Welder-Assembler
  • Welder-Fitter
  • Welder-Fitter Apprentice
  • Welder-Machine Operator
  • Welder-Manufacture
  • Welder/Fabricator
  • Welder/Fitter
  • Welder/Installer
  • Welding Estimator
  • Welding Lead Burner
  • Welding Setter
  • Welding Specialist
  • Welding Technician
  • Welding Tester
  • Wire Welder


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
  • Detect faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notify supervisors.
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, plasma arc, shielded metal arc, resistance welding, and submerged arc welding.
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.
  • Examine workpieces for defects and measure workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
  • Chip or grind off excess weld, slag, or spatter, using hand scrapers or power chippers, portable grinders, or arc-cutting equipment.
  • Analyze engineering drawings, blueprints, specifications, sketches, work orders, and material safety data sheets to plan layout, assembly, and welding operations.
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
  • Determine required equipment and welding methods, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry, and welding techniques.
  • Mark or tag material with proper job number, piece marks, and other identifying marks as required.
  • Prepare all material surfaces to be welded, ensuring that there is no loose or thick scale, slag, rust, moisture, grease, or other foreign matter.
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
  • Remove rough spots from workpieces, using portable grinders, hand files, or scrapers.
  • Position and secure workpieces, using hoists, cranes, wire, and banding machines or hand tools.
  • Clean or degrease parts, using wire brushes, portable grinders, or chemical baths.
  • Repair products by dismantling, straightening, reshaping, and reassembling parts, using cutting torches, straightening presses, and hand tools.
  • Fill holes, and increase the size of metal parts.
  • Dismantle metal assemblies or cut scrap metal, using thermal-cutting equipment such as flame-cutting torches or plasma-arc equipment.
  • Check grooves, angles, or gap allowances, using micrometers, calipers, and precision measuring instruments.
  • Signal crane operators to move large workpieces.
  • Gouge metals, using the air-arc gouging process.
  • Guide and direct flames or electrodes on or across workpieces to straighten, bend, melt, or build up metal.
  • Estimate materials needed for production and manufacturing and maintain required stocks of materials.
  • Develop templates and models for welding projects, using mathematical calculations based on blueprint information.
  • Cut, contour, and bevel metal plates and structural shapes to dimensions as specified by blueprints, layouts, work orders, and templates, using powered saws, hand shears, or chipping knives.
  • Preheat workpieces prior to welding or bending, using torches or heating furnaces.
  • Use fire suppression methods in industrial emergencies.
  • Melt lead bars, wire, or scrap to add lead to joints or to extrude melted scrap into reusable form.
  • Set up and use ladders and scaffolding as necessary to complete work.
  • Join parts such as beams and steel reinforcing rods in buildings, bridges, and highways, bolting and riveting as necessary.
  • Hammer out bulges or bends in metal workpieces.
  • Mix and apply protective coatings to products.
  • Operate metal shaping, straightening, and bending machines, such as brakes and shears.
  • Operate brazing and soldering equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air chisels
  • Air drills
  • Air scalers
  • Angle finders
  • Anvils
  • Arc voltage measurement instruments
  • Bandsaws
  • Brakes
  • Brazing equipment
  • Buffers
  • Calipers
  • Comealongs
  • Computerized numerical control CNC programmable welding robot controllers
  • Current converters
  • Cutoff saws
  • Desktop computers
  • Direct current DC sources
  • Dive suits
  • Drill presses
  • Electric overhead hoists
  • Electric pipe threaders
  • Electrode wires
  • Fillet weld gauges
  • Forklifts
  • Gas flow measurement instruments
  • Goggles
  • Grinding machines
  • Hand chipping hammers
  • Hand clamps
  • Hand pipe threaders
  • Hand shields
  • Heliarc welding equipment
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Hydraulic truck lifts
  • Impact wrenches
  • Ladders
  • Laser printers
  • Laser welders
  • Lathes
  • Levels
  • Light trucks
  • Metal benders
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal cutting taps
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Metal markers
  • Micrometers
  • Milling machines
  • Mobile welding units
  • Motorized cutting torches
  • Nibblers
  • Overhead cranes
  • Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Pattern cutting torches
  • Personal computers
  • Pinchbars
  • Pipe cutters
  • Plasma welders
  • Portable gas operated arc welders
  • Portable magnetic drill presses
  • Power chippers
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power saws
  • Power wire brushes
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars
  • Punch presses
  • Punches
  • Ratchets
  • Resistance welding equipment
  • Respirator hose masks
  • Rod ovens
  • Scaffolding
  • Scribers
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Semiautomatic flame-cutting equipment
  • Shears
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slitters
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering irons
  • Squares
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Storage ovens and hot boxes
  • Straightedges
  • Swing stages
  • Temperature gauges
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Ultrasonic welding equipment
  • Underwater electrode holders
  • Underwater electrodes
  • Underwater welding equipment
  • Unishears
  • Vernier calipers
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Welding current measurement instruments
  • Welding electrode holders
  • Welding electrodes
  • Welding guns
  • Welding lenses
  • Welding masks
  • Welding robots
  • Welding shields
  • Welding tips
  • Welding torches
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire feed rate measurement instruments
  • Wirefeed welders
  • EZ Pipe software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • OmniFleet Equipment Maintenance Management
  • Recordkeeping software
  • Scientific Software Group Filter Drain FD


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220