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Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.   (O'Net 51-4121.06)

 
Reported job titles:   Acetylene Cutter, Acetylene Torch Burner, Aluminum Welder, Arc Cutter, Arc Welder, Arc Welder Apprentice   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers which includes:
                          - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
                          - Solderers and Brazers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2013
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.15   $ 13.90   $ 16.63   $ 19.70   $ 22.57   $ 17.10  
    Yearly $ 25,270   $ 28,910   $ 34,580   $ 40,980   $ 46,940   $ 35,570  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 13.77   $ 15.77   $ 17.96   $ 21.59   $ 26.88   $ 19.00  
    Yearly $ 28,650   $ 32,810   $ 37,350   $ 44,910   $ 55,920   $ 39,510  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.79   $ 12.87   $ 14.77   $ 19.20   $ 21.63   $ 15.86  
    Yearly $ 24,530   $ 26,760   $ 30,730   $ 39,930   $ 45,000   $ 32,990  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.89   $ 13.34   $ 15.70   $ 18.16   $ 20.98   $ 15.87  
    Yearly $ 24,730   $ 27,750   $ 32,660   $ 37,760   $ 43,650   $ 33,000  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2014.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers which includes:
                                  - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2010 2020
    Vermont 375 414 1.0% 14
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 163 185 1.3% 6
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 67 72 0.7% 2
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 142 158 1.1% 6
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2012, area estimates released April 2013.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers which includes:
                                - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
                                - Solderers and Brazers
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    Industry Vermont
    2010
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 118 32%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2012.
     


    Tasks
    for Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
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  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
     
  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
     
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
     
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
     
  • Detect faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notify supervisors.
     
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, plasma arc, shielded metal arc, resistance welding, and submerged arc welding.
     
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2006
     


    Knowledge
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2006
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2006
     


    Abilities
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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2006
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outsi
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters  updated June 2006
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Welding Technology/Welder
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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