Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

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About the Job

Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

It is also Called

  • Wire Welder
  • Welding Tester
  • Welding Technician
  • Welding Specialist
  • Welding Setter
  • Welding Lead Burner
  • Welding Estimator
  • Welder/Installer
  • Welder/Fitter
  • Welder/Fabricator
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What They Do

  • Melt lead bars, wire, or scrap to add lead to joints or to extrude melted scrap into reusable form.
  • Operate brazing and soldering equipment.
  • Mix and apply protective coatings to products.
  • Gouge metals, using the air-arc gouging process.
  • Join parts such as beams and steel reinforcing rods in buildings, bridges, and highways, bolting and riveting as necessary.
  • Estimate materials needed for production and manufacturing and maintain required stocks of materials.
  • Use fire suppression methods in industrial emergencies.
  • Signal crane operators to move large workpieces.
  • Dismantle metal assemblies or cut scrap metal, using thermal-cutting equipment, such as flame-cutting torches or plasma-arc equipment.
  • Hammer out bulges or bends in metal workpieces.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $42,910 with most people making between $29,480 and $60,240


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 18,820 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 19,930 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 111 openings due to growth and about 539 replacement openings for approximately 650 total annual openings.

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