Welding Machine Operators

Manufacturing > Production

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Wire brushes

Welding torch tips

Welding tip dressers

Welding tip cleaning files

Welding robots

Welding helmets

All Tools

Welding electrodes

Walk-behind lift trucks

Vise grip pliers

Vernier micrometers

Undercut gauges

Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment


Spot welding guns

Soldering robots

Soldering machines

Slip joint pliers

Single-cut mill saw files

Side cutting pliers

Safety goggles

Safety gloves


Resistance welding machines

Resistance welding guns

Product loading equipment

Power hoists

Power grinders

Portable welding machines

Outside micrometer calipers


Measuring tapes


Layout squares

Laser-beam machines

Laser cutters

Hydraulic winches

Hydraulic booms

Heating furnaces

Hand scrapers

Hand clamps

Gas welding torches

Fillet weld gauges

Face masks

Diffusion-welding machines

Dial calipers

Desktop computers

Computerized numerical control CNC oxy-fuel systems

Cold-welding machines

Claw hammers

Chipping hammers

Center punches

C clamps

Brazing robots

Brazing machines

Bench vises

Ball peen hammers

Arc welding equipment

Adjustable widemouth pliers


Data entry software

Enterprise resource planning ERP software


Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Word

All Technologies

SAP software

Email software

Microsoft operating system

Microsoft Power Point

Spreadsheet software

Tool center point TCP setting software

Word processing software


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