Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Arc and Gas Welder, Braze Operator, Certified Welder, Finishing Technician, Machine Operator, Mig Welder, Reserve Tube Welder, Robot Operator, Rod Welder, Spot Welder, Weld Technician, Welding Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders is projected to Decline 7 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -7.7%

    Percent Change

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  • 3,700

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.5%)
  • Associate's degree (8.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (23.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (46.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (18.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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