What does a Welder do?
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A welder fabricate and put together metal parts. They do this through the use of various machines that create intense heat to. They also smooth and polish the metal surfaces once welded together. Welders must have the ability to study blueprints or project specifications in addition to calculating the dimensions of the parts to be welded. Welders also inspect materials or structures that need welding, monitor the process of welding as a caution for overheating, and maintain welding machinery and equipment they work with.
How to Become a Welder
Most welders have a high school diploma or equivalent and a professional certification. Certifications can be gained at vocational schools, community colleges, or private programs. On-the-job training is often included in these training programs. Courses usually included are blueprint reading, shop mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy classes. A welder can also gain certification through the American Welding Society.
Job Description of a Welder
Welders primary duty is joining metal parts together. They work on metal components of a various of building or construction industries. Examples include but are not limited to pipelines, bridges, power-plants, or refineries. They may also work in manufacturing cars or ships. Welders maintain the machinery and equipment they work with. Because of the wide variety of work and industries welders work in there are more than 100 different welding processes they can use, the most common is arc welding.
Welders work full time and often must work overtime. They can work up to 10 hours a day if needed. They primarily work outdoors and are exposed to hazardous situations on a daily basis. Some examples include confined spaces, on scaffolding, or inclement weather. Welders with the highest skill levels and a willingness to relocate have the greatest advantage for solid employment.