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Welder Job Description

A welder is a person who builds or repairs metal objects or structures by welding separate pieces or parts of metal together. Welders use electricity, various gases or other welding equipment to heat and melt metal parts so as to join them together permanently to form structures.

A welder must have the interest and ability to work with metals and welding tools. They should not be irritated by welding fumes. They should have endurance, manual dexterity, good eye sight, good hand-eye coordination, and the ability to stay focused on a repetitive task for long periods.

What does a Welder do?

Welders may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Welders usually work normal business hours, but may sometimes work evenings and on weekends to meet deadlines. They work in welding workshops, factories, and on building sites.

Welders work in conditions that are noisy and contain dangerous gases. They are required to wear personal protective equipment such as leather gloves, goggles, welding helmets, and protective cloths when working to protect themselves from burns and eye injuries.

What is Required to Become a Welder?

There are no formal educational requirements to become a welder as skills are gained on the job under the supervision of more experience welders.

People who are interested in welding should enroll in an apprenticeship program. After the apprenticeship, they will become experienced journeymen. They can also gain more knowledge and training by studying welding in a vocational or technical school.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Welders need to have:


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