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Your job is to Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.
Common job titles of Welding Machine Operators include:
Experience and Education
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
50% said they needed a High School Diploma.
28.5% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Read blueprints, work orders, or production schedules to determine product or job instructions or specifications.
Tend auxiliary equipment used in welding processes.
Inspect, measure, or test completed metal workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using measuring and testing devices.
Remove completed workpieces or parts from machinery, using hand tools.
Set dials and timing controls to regulate electrical current, gas flow pressure, heating or cooling cycles, or shut-off.
Add chemicals or materials to workpieces or machines to facilitate bonding or to cool workpieces.
Transfer components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment.
Clean, lubricate, maintain, and adjust equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools.
Prepare metal surfaces or workpieces, using hand-operated equipment, such as grinders, cutters, or drills.
Select, position, align, and bolt jigs, holding fixtures, guides, or stops onto machines, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
Set up, operate, or tend welding machines that join or bond components to fabricate metal products or assemblies.
Correct problems by adjusting controls or by stopping machines and opening holding devices.
Conduct trial runs before welding, soldering, or brazing, and make necessary adjustments to equipment.
Mark weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes.
Lay out, fit, or connect parts to be bonded, calculating production measurements, as necessary.
Assemble, align, and clamp workpieces into holding fixtures to bond, heat-treat, or solder fabricated metal components.
Devise or build fixtures or jigs used to hold parts in place during welding, brazing, or soldering.
Select torch tips, alloys, flux, coil, tubing, or wire, according to metal types or thicknesses, data charts, or records.
Record operational information on specified production reports.
Load or feed workpieces into welding machines to join or bond components.
Turn and press knobs and buttons or enter operating instructions into computers to adjust and start welding machines.
Compute and record settings for new work, applying knowledge of metal properties, principles of welding, and shop mathematics.
Observe meters, gauges, or machine operations to ensure that soldering or brazing processes meet specifications.
Immerse completed workpieces into water or acid baths to cool and clean components.
Fill hoppers and position spouts to direct flow of flux or manually brush flux onto seams of workpieces.
Anneal finished workpieces to relieve internal stress.
Dress electrodes, using tip dressers, files, emery cloths, or dressing wheels.
Give directions to other workers regarding machine set-up and use.
Start, monitor, and adjust robotic welding production lines.
Workpiece positioning jigs
Welding torch tips
Welding tip dressers
Welding tip cleaning files
Welding helmetsAll Tools
Walk-behind lift trucks
Vise grip pliers
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
Spot welding guns
Slip joint pliers
Single-cut mill saw files
Side cutting pliers
Resistance welding machines
Resistance welding guns
Product loading equipment
Portable welding machines
Outside micrometer calipers
Gas welding torches
Fillet weld gauges
Computerized numerical control CNC oxy-fuel systems
Ball peen hammers
Arc welding equipment
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Data entry software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Microsoft WordAll Technologies
Microsoft operating system
Microsoft Power Point
Tool center point TCP setting software
Word processing software
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.