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.
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%
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.
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)
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.