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Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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At A Glance: Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots while working. They may work with a wide range of materials and processes to create parts or finished products. During the manufacturing process, welders, solders, brazers and operators adhere, align, assemble, fit parts together. Their job depends on their ability to follow directions, make accurate measurements, and inspect their products. To become a welding, soldering, brazing machine setter, operator or tender requires at least a high school diploma and a few months to one-year of on the job-training. Some employers will require industry certifications or apprenticeship programs. Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders earn approximately $18.11 an hour.

Entry Level Requirements

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High School Diploma

To become a welding, soldering, and brazing machine setter, operator and/or tender requires at the least a high school diploma. Some positions require a post-secondary certificate or apprenticeship.
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The job concentration is

10% Higher
than average for the manufacturing industry in the Tri-State area.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $12 - $26/HR.

Job Details: Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators and tenders must perform regularly. They use specialized tools, equipment and machines to process materials during manufacturing. Their job may require them to lift, move, and manipulate materials during various phases of production.
  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly using tools
  • Examine workpieces for defects and measure workpieces to ensure conformance with specifications
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade

Required Job Skills

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders require specific skills, abilities, and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. They monitor and control machines to ensure proper operation and production. To do this, they must be able to pay careful attention to the materials and processes they undergo to create accurate products.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Knowledge of materials, processes, and systems
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials
  • Know chemical properties and processes

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Community College of Allegheny County - West Hills Center
Program: Welding Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 2 Years
Belmont College
Program: Welding Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
West Virginia Northern Community College
Program: Welding Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Butler County Community College - Main Campus
Program: Butler County Area Vo-Tech School - Welding
Certification: Certificate
Length: 4 Months
Community College of Beaver County
Program: Introduction to Welding Technology Gas Metal Arc & Flux Cored Arc
Certification: Certificate
Length: 140 Hours
Community College of Allegheny County - North Campus
Program: Welding, Gas & Oil
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year

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