Welders weld steel framework for buildings, machines and other equipment using manual or semi-automatic welding equipment. They cut and join materials in order to assemble, install and repair equipment.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to safely perform welding and cutting functions
  • Perform pre-weld procedures like preparing areas for safety and identifying all required steps to build the structure
  • Assemble, install, maintain and repair equipment
  • Read and interpret layout plans and blueprints
  • Complete steel construction
  • Perform calculations such as the dimensions of metal parts to be welded
  • Take measurements and plan layouts and procedures needed to complete a project
  • Work high in the air, underwater or in a shop setting
  • Ensure a safe work environment in compliance with all safety policies and procedures using the appropriate tools and equipment
  • Inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair tools/equipment
  • Position and secure work piece, using hoist, crane, wire and banding machine or hand tools
  • Work independently or with a small team of other welders to complete large and complex projects
  • Maintain records of maintenance activities

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially agricultural mechanics
  • welding
  • sciences
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A high school diploma and, in many cases, a welding certification is required.