After reviewing blueprints and making preliminary calculations, welders are responsible for fusing metal parts together, often in manufacturing and construction settings. Welders are needed to make everything from trucks to airplanes to large infrastructure.
Although some welders earn a college degree before entering the industry, many simply earn a certification. Typically, aspiring welders take on an apprenticeship first, fully engaging in this career path.
If your company is looking for a welder, it’s important to understand the key skills that are needed to succeed in this essential position.
Good Math Skills
Obtaining a candidate who demonstrates strong math skills, allows them to gain more success within their career, as opposed to someone who does not. Your company’s welders should be able to calculate dimensions for welding, thoroughly understand blueprints, and interpret technical sketches. Math also proves useful when a welder must cut and trim metal to specific dimensions.
A Focus on Detail
It’s imperative for welders to focus on minor details – purchasing decisions, checking weld quality, and evaluating components for minor leaks and degradation, all require a significant amount of attention. Moreover, welders must be able to precisely set up machining tools, clean parts, and remove defects prior to welding.
Welders often work in relatively dangerous environments and, as a result, must be able to focus on details related to safety.
Welding is a hands-on job, but the position does include many administrative responsibilities. Most welders are responsible for recording their work and organizing those documents, whether they are physical or digital. Some welders must track and maintain their supply inventory in order to ensure they have the supplies necessary to do their job.
Senior welders play a role in the planning and management of projects, which involves a whole other level of organization.
Welders should be capable of using heavy machinery, weld gauges, soldering irons, and various hardware tools, as well as, understand how to use robotic welding equipment and be proficient with air carbon arc gouging.
Because different welding technologies are continuously changing, it’s also crucial for welders to continue to learn about new tools and systems that can help them remain knowledgeable and effective in their job.
While you should be very careful about assessing applicants based on physical attributes, the job of a welder is physical in nature. Specifically, a welder must be able to lift heavy objects and work with large items like big automobile and aircraft parts. A welder also needs steady hands to use a torch for long periods of time.
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