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Welders are responsible for welding equipment and most commonly, machines. They also weld together framework made out of steel for buildings.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Assemble, install and repair equipment such as grain and feed handling, storage and drying equipment (including bucket elevators) boiler and boiler components, scrubbers, fans, pumps, conveyors, gear boxes and turbines
  • Read and interpret layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings
  • Maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Complete steel construction, working high in the air, underwater or in shop setting
  • Support company safety and continuous improvement programs
  • Inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair equipment
  • Utilize arc, oxygen/acetylene, MIG, TIG and plasma methods to safely perform welding and cutting functions
  • Positions and secures work piece, using hoist, crane, wire and banding machine, or hand tools
  • Maintain records of maintenance activities including the use of a computerized maintenance management system


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma and in many cases a welding certification, is required.


To pursue a career as a Welder:

The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, a focus on science, and mathematics.


Typical Employers: 

Employed by farm equipment dealers and manufacturers, seed production companies, cooperatives, feed and grain companies, food production companies.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Welders is projected to be good to excellent depending on skills, certification and location.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • American Welding Society
  • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices
  • Welding Research Council
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