Welders, Cutters & Weld Fitters

Welders, Cutters & Weld Fitters

Job 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.

Associated Tasks:

  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
  • 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.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $13.00 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $18.00 and up
Experienced Earnings: $21.82
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 18,214
2022 Jobs 18,841
Average Annual Openings: 2,124 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 673
Job Categories

Welding and Fabrication

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Hard Skills

Welding         
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding         
Gas Metal Arc Welding          
Fabrication     
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding