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.
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