Profession welder

Welders operate welding equipment in order to join metal workpieces together. They can use fusion welding processes based on different techniques and materials. They also perform simple visual inspection of welds.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Flammable fluids

    The behaviour of liquids and gases that represent a serious explosion and fire danger, and their appropriate handling systems and effective storage.

  • Welding techniques

    The different methods of welding together pieces of metal using various equipment, such as oxygen-acetylene welding, gas metal arc welding and tungsten inert gas welding.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Metal thermal conductivity

    The property of metals to conduct heat.

  • Torch temperature for metal processes

    Ideal temperature of tools and machinery equiped with torches to perform various metal processing on workpieces.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Fuel gas

    The various qualities, hazards and applications of gaseous fuels, such as oxy-acetylene, oxy-gasoline, oxy-hydrogen and others.

Skills

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Spot metal imperfections

    Observe and identify various kinds of imperfections in metal workpieces or finished products. Recognise the best fitted manner of fixing the problem, which could be caused by corrosion, rust, fractures, leaks, and other signs of wear.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Operate oxy-fuel welding torch

    Operate a cutting torch fueled by oxyacetylene gas safely to perform welding processes on a workpiece.

  • Apply precision metalworking techniques

    Comply with precision standards specific to an organisation or product in metalworking, involved in processes such as engraving, precise cutting, welding.

  • Operate welding equipment

    Use welding equipment to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel; wear protective eyewear during the working process.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Perform metal active gas welding

    Weld metal, mostly steel, workpieces together using active gas mixtures such as concotions of argon, carbon dioxide and oxygen.

  • Select filler metal

    Select optimal metal used for metal joining purposes, such as zinc, lead or copper metals, specifically for welding, soldering or brazing practices.

  • Recognise signs of corrosion

    Recognise the symptoms of metal showing oxidation reactions with the environment resulting in rusting, copper pitting, stress cracking, and others, and estimate the rate of corrosion.

  • Apply arc welding techniques

    Apply and work with a variety of techniques in the process of arc welding, such as shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, submerged arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, and others.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Perform tungsten inert gas welding

    Weld metal workpieces together by tungsten intert gas (TIG) welding. This arc welding process welds metal workpieces using the heat generated between an arc of electricity struck between a non-consumable tungsten metal electrode. Use an argon or helium inert gas to shield the weld from athmospheric contamination.

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • Monitor gauge

    Oversee the data presented by a gauge concerning the measurement of pressure, temperature, thickness of a material, and others.

  • Handle fuels

    Handle and store fuels and assess their potential risks and dangers.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Perform metal inert gas welding

    Weld metal workpieces together using inert gasses or gas mixtures such as argon and helium. This technique is usually used for welding aluminium and other non-ferrous metals.

  • Ensure correct metal temperature

    Ensure the necessary, usually constant, temperature of processed metal workpieces during metal fabrication processes.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of steel drums and similar containers read standard blueprints operate oxygen cutting torch follow safety procedures when working at heights keep records of work progress operate soldering equipment aircraft mechanics operate plasma cutting torch apply flux write records for repairs operate brazing equipment record production data for quality control ferrous metal processing prepare pieces for joining defense system handle gas cylinders mark processed workpiece mechanics of vessels manufacturing of weapons and ammunition perform welding inspection perform product testing follow health and safety procedures in construction metal bending techniques consult technical resources mechanics of motor vehicles manufacturing of steam generators operate lifting equipment metal joining technologies ensure correct gas pressure inspect construction supplies operate precision measuring equipment cutting technologies apply preliminary treatment to workpieces operate oxy-fuel cutting torch apply spot welding techniques types of metal manufacturing processes adjust temperature gauges work ergonomically metal smoothing technologies manufacturing of metal containers non-ferrous metal processing manufacturing of tools assemble metal parts apply soldering techniques apply thermite welding techniques apply brazing techniques manufacturing of small metal parts

Common job titles

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  • Combo welder
  • Combo welders - $36/hour - $96 per-diem
  • Fabricator - night shift
  • Traveling installation welder/welder trainee
  • Welder 1
  • Certified pipe welder
  • Welder - mig and gmaw - tymetal corp.
  • Stick welders for conveyor project