Solderers and Brazers
SOC: 51-4121.07

Description:

Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
397,900 employed

Projected (2024):
412,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acetylene Burner
  • Acetylene Operator
  • Acetylene Torch Operator
  • Acetylene Torch Solderer
  • Assembler Brazer
  • Assembly Line Brazer
  • Barrel Ribs Solderer
  • Blow Torch Burner
  • Blow Torch Operator
  • Bonder
  • Brazer
  • Brazing Furnace Operator
  • Connector
  • Deicer Finisher
  • Dip Brazier
  • Electric Solderer
  • Electrical Solderer
  • Electronic Technician
  • Fabricator
  • Gas Brazer
  • Gas Torch Brazier
  • Gas Torch Solderer
  • Metal Solderer
  • Production Line Solderer
  • Production Technician
  • Refrigeration Brazer/Solderer
  • Refrigeration Specialist
  • Resistance Brazer
  • Scrap Burner
  • Silver Brazer
  • Silver Solderer
  • Solderer
  • Solderer Dipper
  • Solderer-Assembler
  • Solderer-Dipper
  • Torch Solderer
  • Ultrasonic Hand Solderer
  • Wirer


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security


  • Tasks:

  • Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
  • Heat soldering irons or workpieces to specified temperatures for soldering, using gas flames or electric current.
  • Examine seams for defects and rework defective joints or broken parts.
  • Melt and separate brazed or soldered joints to remove and straighten damaged or misaligned components, using hand torches, irons, or furnaces.
  • Melt and apply solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment.
  • Clean workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders.
  • Guide torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together.
  • Adjust electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature.
  • Clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions or cleaning compounds.
  • Turn valves to start flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
  • Brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of metal.
  • Remove workpieces from fixtures, using tongs, and cool workpieces, using air or water.
  • Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
  • Sweat together workpieces coated with solder.
  • Smooth soldered areas with alternate strokes of paddles and torches, leaving soldered sections slightly higher than surrounding areas for later filing.
  • Remove workpieces from molten solder and hold parts together until color indicates that solder has set.
  • Select torch tips, flux, and brazing alloys from data charts or work orders.
  • Turn dials to set intensity and duration of ultrasonic impulses, according to work order specifications.
  • Dip workpieces into molten solder or place solder strips between seams and heat seams with irons to bond items together.
  • Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.
  • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
  • Place solder bars into containers and turn knobs to specified positions to melt solder and regulate its temperature.
  • Cut carbon electrodes to specified sizes and shapes, using cutoff saws.
  • Connect hoses from torches to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and specified gas fuels.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Brazing equipment
  • Cutoff saws
  • Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Drill presses
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammers
  • Hand clamps
  • Heating coils
  • Jibs
  • Jigs
  • Lathes
  • Notebook computers
  • Oxyacetylene torches
  • Potentiometers
  • Power grinders
  • Propane torches
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Rulers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Scribers
  • Shears
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Soldering irons
  • Soldering jigs
  • Squares
  • Surface contact pyrometers
  • Tape measures
  • Templates
  • Tin snips
  • Tongs
  • Torch tips
  • Tube benders
  • Ultrasonic soldering equipment
  • Utility knives
  • Vises
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Welding electrodes
  • Welding lenses
  • Welding shields
  • Wire brushes
  • Workshop cranes
  • Fred's Tip Cartridge Picker
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Value Analysis


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220