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Welders and Related Machine Operators

What they do?

Welders perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Operate previously set up welding machines such as spot, butt and seam resistance or gas and arc welding machines to fabricate or repair metal parts

B. Operate previously set up brazing or soldering machines to bond metal parts or to fill holes, indentations and seams of metal articles with solder

C. Start up, shut down, adjust and monitor robotic welding production line

D. Assist with the maintenance and repair of welding, brazing and soldering equipment

E. May adjust welding heads and tooling according to work specifications.

F. Read and interpret blueprints or welding process specifications

G. Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), plasma arc welding (PAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), oxy-acetylene welding (OAW), resistance welding and submerged arc welding (SAW)

H. Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment

I. Operate brazing and soldering equipment

J. Operate metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines

K. Repair worn parts of metal products by welding on extra layers.

L. Welders may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, aerospace precision welding, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding, or machinery and equipment repair welding.

Where they find work?

1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 18.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 17.0%
3. Machinery manufacturing - 12.0%
4. Construction - 11.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
6. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 4.0%
7. Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. Welders

2. Experience with robotics may be required.

3. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

4. Completion of a three-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over three years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in welding is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.

5. Trade certification is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

6. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified welders.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Drafting
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Welders and Related Machine Operators is $18.69/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Welders and Related Machine Operators wages

Expected Wage by Age

Welders and Related Machine Operators Wage By Age

Unemployment:

8% of Welders and Related Machine Operators are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Welders and Related Machine Operators Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Welders and Related Machine Operators Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Welders and Related Machine Operators is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($18.69) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (8%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (40%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Construction/manufacturing

2. Diagrams/drawings

3. Physical work

Part Time Workers

Welders and Related Machine Operators Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Welders and Related Machine Operators are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 97,400 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 14% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Welders and Related Machine Operators Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Welders and Related Machine Operators Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 8% of Welders and Related Machine Operators are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Welders and Related Machine Operators Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


4% of the individuals employed as Welders and Related Machine Operators are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.