Becoming a Welder (First Class)
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Becoming a Welder (First Class)

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Fabricates and repairs metal products using various welding techniques.
Training time 1 - 4 years
Average pay $65,945
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 9,300

What does a Welder (First Class) do?

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • selecting, cleaning and preparing metal stock
  • cutting marked-out metal sections and shapes using hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal cutting machines
  • shaping and bending metal sections and pipes using hand and machine tools, and by heating and hammering
  • aligning parts to be joined using hand tools and measuring instruments
  • joining metal sections using various welding techniques, bolting and riveting
  • examining welds for width of bead, penetration and precision
  • finishing products by cleaning, polishing, filing and bathing in acidic solutions


  • Special Class Welder

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