Job Description: WELDER JOBS
Welders operate equipment that welds ferrous and non-ferrous metals for various manufacturing industries. Due to technological innovations in the industry, the market is weak for welders with a low level of skill, but highly skilled Canadian welders have a boundless future.
Welders work in a shop environment or at construction sites as employees of a manufacturer or welding contractor or as self-employed workers. Some workers classed as welders are machine operators who operate production welding, brazing, and soldering equipment that has already been set up. They may specialize in areas such as custom fabrication, pipeline construction welding, aerospace precision welding, pressure structural construction welding, ship building and repair, vessel welding, or machinery and equipment repair welding.
The welder usually reports to a foreman or supervisor.
Lower-skilled welders operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment, manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment, and brazing and semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment in order to bond metal or repair worn or broken metal parts. They may also operate metal shaping machines. Those with higher skill levels also read and interpret blueprints, have a broad knowledge of welding techniques, fitting skills, and metallurgy.
Welders can move into supervisor positions or higher-level welding positions with more training and experience.
Welders with more advanced skills have a great advantage in the current labour market, but as the economy improves, there are good opportunities for all skill levels. All welders need great manual dexterity, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, speed, and accuracy.
Required Skills and Training
Welders need a high school diploma and completion of a three-year apprenticeship program or a blend of work experience and college or trade school coursework in welding. Welding, brazing, and soldering machine operators often receive on-the-job training and may be hired with some secondary school.
Some companies may require experience in machine operation or robotics for welding machine operators, and experience in the trades for more advanced welders.
Skills and Certifications:
Alberta requires that welders have trade certification, but this is optional in other provinces. Ideally, welders will have an interprovincial Red Seal certification. Many jobs require proficiency in French and English.
The need for welders increases with economic upturn. Randstad has position for certified welders as well as welding machine operators. Click here to start your Welder job search.
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