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Welds together metal components of products, such as pipelines, automobiles, boilers, ships, aircraft, and mobile homes, as specified by layout, blueprints, diagram, work order, welding procedures, or oral instructions, using electric arc‑welding equipment: Obtains specified electrode and inserts electrode into portable holder or threads consumable electrode wire through portable welding gun. Connects cables from welding unit to obtain amperage, voltage, slope, and pulse. Starts power supply to produce electric current. Strikes (forms) arc which generates heat to melt and deposit metal from electrode to workpiece and join edges of workpiece.

Manually guides electrode or gun along weld line, maintaining length of arc and speed of movement to form specified depth of fusion and bead, as judged from color of metal, sound of weld, and size of molten puddle. Welds in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead positions. Examines weld for bead size and other specifications. May manually apply filler rod to supply weld metal. May clean or degrease weld joint or workpiece, using wire brush, portable grinder, or chemical bath. May repair broken or cracked parts and fill holes. May prepare broken parts for welding by grooving or scarfing surfaces. May chip off excess weld, slag, and spatter, using hand scraper or power chipper. May preheat workpiece, using hand torch or heating furnace. May position and clamp workpieces together or assemble them in jig or fixture. May tack assemblies together. May cut metal plates or structural shapes. May operate other machine shop equipment to prepare components for welding.

Important variations include types of metals welded, subprocesses used, trade name of equipment used, work site (in‑plant, job shop, construction site, shipyard), method of application (manual, semiautomatic), high‑production or custom, level of ambidexterity required, type of joints welded (seam, spot, butt). May be required to pass employer performance tests or standard tests to meet certification standards of governmental agencies or professional and technical associations.

DOT Code: 810.384-014
AIMS Code: 0620

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers weld or join metal parts. They also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held welding equipment.

Specialized Skills Summary

Please fill in the form below to enter your specialized skills. Use the blank box for additional information regarding your specialized skills. Your other specialized skills may give you more eligibility for an interview. You will be contacted by MAP after submitting this form.

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Welder, Cutter, Solderer, and Brazer
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  Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Gas Metal Arc Welding
Submerged Arc Welding
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Oxygen Acetylene cutting and Welding
Metalizing, Fused Metalizing Coatings and ARC-Spray
Electrical Practices
Related Instruction: Welder, Combination 
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