• Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 42,180
    $29,630 range bar $61,270
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Moderately Growing
  • Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers weld or join metal parts. They also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining equipment.

What do they typically do

  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits, and monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications, and calculate dimensions to be welded
  • Maintain equipment and machinery
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Examine products to find defects and to rework defective parts
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies before assembling them, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers
  • 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
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.7%
Job Opening 1,329

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Aluminum Welder, Brazer, Fabrication Welder, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, Solderer, Sub Arc Operator, Welder, Wirer
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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
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