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Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join, repair, or cut metal parts and products.
A high school diploma or equivalent, combined with technical and on-the-job training, is typically required for anyone to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer.
To be a welder, you need to be able to think critically and think outside the box to determine the appropriate solutions. They should be able to monitor and adjust when necessary. A variety of equipment is used in welding, so the ability to operate it efficiently and effectively is very important. Welders need to have good reading comprehension as well.
Welders continue to hone their craft and perfect the basics under the supervision of a more experience welder. They may gain more certifications or expand their capabilities.
Welders with 3 years of experience may apply to take the certified welding supervisor exam.
Welders with an associate degree can apply to take the Certified Welding Engineer Exam. Those with a High School Diploma/GED must wait 15 years.