Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC: 51-4122.00


Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
59,500 employed

Projected (2024):
48,800 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:

  • Arc and Gas Welder
  • Arc Welding Machine Operator
  • Billet Assembler
  • Braze Operator
  • Brazing Machine Operator
  • Brazing Machine Setter
  • Brazing Machine Setter and Setup Operator
  • Brazing Machine Tender
  • Certified Welder
  • Controlled Atmospheric Furnace Brazer
  • Electron Beam Machine Welder Setter
  • Electron Beam Welder Setter
  • Electron Beam Welding Machine Operator
  • Electroslag Welding Machine Operator
  • Explosion Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Finishing Technician
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Friction Welding Machine Operator
  • Furnace Brazer
  • Gas Welding Machine Operator
  • Induction Brazer
  • Induction Heating Equipment Setter
  • Industrial Welder
  • Laser Beam Machine Operator
  • Machine Lead Burner
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Welder
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mig Welder
  • Operator
  • Oxygraph Operator
  • Racking Machine Operator
  • Racking Technician
  • Radiagraph Operator
  • Reflow Operator
  • Resistance Machine Welder Setter
  • Resistance Welding Machine Operator
  • Robot Operator
  • Robotic Weld Technician
  • Rod Welder
  • Solder Deposit Operator
  • Soldering Machine Operator
  • Soldering Machine Setter
  • Soldering Machine Setter and Setup Operator
  • Soldering Machine Tender
  • Soldering Technician
  • Spot Welder
  • Surface Mount Technology Operator (SMT Operator)
  • Technical Associate (TA)
  • Thermit Welding Machine Operator
  • Travograph Operator
  • Type Soldering Machine Tender
  • Ultrasonic Welding Machine Operator
  • Wave Soldering Machine Operator
  • Welding Machine Operator
  • Welding Machine Operator/Tender
  • Welding Machine Setter
  • Welding Operator
  • Welding Pantograph Machine Operator
  • Welding Pantograph Operator

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


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


    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
  • Science
  • 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 Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Turn and press knobs and buttons or enter operating instructions into computers to adjust and start welding machines.
  • Set up, operate, or tend welding machines that join or bond components to fabricate metal products or assemblies.
  • Load or feed workpieces into welding machines to join or bond components.
  • Give directions to other workers regarding machine set-up and use.
  • Correct problems by adjusting controls or by stopping machines and opening holding devices.
  • Inspect, measure, or test completed metal workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using measuring and testing devices.
  • Record operational information on specified production reports.
  • Start, monitor, and adjust robotic welding production lines.
  • Read blueprints, work orders, or production schedules to determine product or job instructions or specifications.
  • Assemble, align, and clamp workpieces into holding fixtures to bond, heat-treat, or solder fabricated metal components.
  • Lay out, fit, or connect parts to be bonded, calculating production measurements as necessary.
  • Conduct trial runs before welding, soldering, or brazing and make necessary adjustments to equipment.
  • Dress electrodes, using tip dressers, files, emery cloths, or dressing wheels.
  • Remove completed workpieces or parts from machinery, using hand tools.
  • Observe meters, gauges, or machine operations to ensure that soldering or brazing processes meet specifications.
  • Select, position, align, and bolt jigs, holding fixtures, guides, or stops onto machines, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
  • Select torch tips, alloys, flux, coil, tubing, or wire, according to metal types or thicknesses, data charts, or records.
  • Compute and record settings for new work, applying knowledge of metal properties, principles of welding, and shop mathematics.
  • Prepare metal surfaces or workpieces, using hand-operated equipment, such as grinders, cutters, or drills.
  • Clean, lubricate, maintain, and adjust equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools.
  • Set dials and timing controls to regulate electrical current, gas flow pressure, heating or cooling cycles, or shut-off.
  • Tend auxiliary equipment used in welding processes.
  • Devise or build fixtures or jigs used to hold parts in place during welding, brazing, or soldering.
  • Fill hoppers and position spouts to direct flow of flux or manually brush flux onto seams of workpieces.
  • Transfer components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment.
  • Add chemicals or materials to workpieces or machines to facilitate bonding or to cool workpieces.
  • Mark weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes.
  • Anneal finished workpieces to relieve internal stress.
  • Immerse completed workpieces into water or acid baths to cool and clean components.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Arc welding equipment
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bench vises
  • Brazing machines
  • Brazing robots
  • C clamps
  • Center punches
  • Chipping hammers
  • Claw hammers
  • Cold-welding machines
  • Computerized numerical control CNC oxy-fuel systems
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Diffusion-welding machines
  • Face masks
  • Fillet weld gauges
  • Gas welding torches
  • Hand clamps
  • Hand scrapers
  • Heating furnaces
  • Hydraulic booms
  • Hydraulic winches
  • Laser cutters
  • Laser-beam machines
  • Layout squares
  • Magnifiers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Micrometers
  • Outside micrometer calipers
  • Portable welding machines
  • Power grinders
  • Power hoists
  • Product loading equipment
  • Resistance welding guns
  • Resistance welding machines
  • Rulers
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Soldering machines
  • Soldering robots
  • Spot welding guns
  • Tongs
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Undercut gauges
  • Vernier micrometers
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Walk-behind lift trucks
  • Welding electrodes
  • Welding helmets
  • Welding robots
  • Welding tip cleaning files
  • Welding tip dressers
  • Welding torch tips
  • Wire brushes
  • Workpiece positioning jigs
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Tool center point TCP setting software
  • Word processing software

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220