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High school diploma or equivalent
Jobs in 2029
What Do They Do?A welder could...
Join together steel beams in a high-rise building.
Help build custom race cars and motorcycles.
Assemble pipes to bring fresh water to an entire city.
Do underwater repair work on boats, pipelines, and bridges.
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What do race cars, bridges, boats, computers, bikes, and cell phones all have in common? They all require welding, or using tools to permanently bond pieces of metal together. Welders' skills are needed to assemble many of the objects you encounter and use every day. A career in welding could take you to the garage for a famous car race, to the tops of the highest buildings, or even to the bottom of the ocean!
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Do You Have the Skills and Characteristics of a Welder?
- Mechanical Aptitude: ? Understanding and predicting how objects relate in three dimensions
- Attention to Detail: ? Noticing flaws or problems in equipment, materials, or work that you have done and working to correct these
- Physical Strength: ? Having physical ability and stamina to perform the job
- Fine Motor Skills: ? Working accurately with your fingers and hands on detailed items
- Focus: ? Having the ability to work on one task for a long period of time
- Speaking: ? Talking to others to convey information effectively
Core TasksThink about if you'd like the typical tasks a Welder might do:
- Read and interpret blueprints and technical drawings.
- Do math to determine dimensions of welded joints or how to assemble parts.
- Handle, operate, and maintain different types of welding tools and equipment.
- Be knowledgeable about different types of metals and the tools required to weld them.
- Monitor the quality of the welding process to ensure good final results.
- Inspect welds for mechanical strength and integrity.
- Smooth, clean up, and apply finishing touches (like paint) to rough edges that result from welding.
- Communicate with other skilled laborers like plumbers and electricians.
- Work with other welders on a large job.
- Follow safety procedures and wear personal protective equipment.
- Move, carry, and handle heavy objects like tools and pieces of metal.
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