CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders

Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders

The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate or tend welding machines that join or bond together components to fabricate metal products and assemblies, according to specifications and blueprints. Turn and press knobs and buttons or enter operating instructions into computers to adjust and start welding machines.
 
Set up, operate, and 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, and production schedules to determine product or job instructions and 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 and parts from machinery, using hand tools.
 
Observe meters, gauges, and machine operations to ensure that soldering or brazing processes meet specifications.
 
Select, position, align, and bolt jigs, holding fixtures, guides, and stops onto machines, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
 
Select torch tips, alloys, flux, coil, tubing, and wire, according to metal types and thicknesses, data charts, and records.
 
Compute and record settings for new work, applying knowledge of metal properties, principles of welding, and shop mathematics.
 
Prepare metal surfaces and 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, and shut-off.
 
Tend auxiliary equipment used in welding processes.
 
Devise and build fixtures and 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, and assemblies, using moving equipment.
 
Add chemicals and 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, and scribes.
 
Anneal finished workpieces to relieve internal stress.
 
Immerse completed workpieces into water or acid baths to cool and clean components.
 
Operate or tend welding machines that join or bond together components to fabricate metal products and assemblies, according to specifications and blueprints.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Tool center point TCP setting software Industrial control software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
 
Arc welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Ball peen hammers Hammers
 
Bench vises Bench vises
 
Brazing machines Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Brazing robots Welding robots
 
C clamps C clamps
 
Center punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Chipping hammers Power chippers
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Cold-welding machines Welders
 
Computerized numerical control CNC oxy-fuel systems Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dial calipers Calipers
 
Diffusion-welding machines Welders
 
Face masks Facial shields
 
Files Files
 
Fillet weld gauges Thickness measuring devices
 
Gas welding torches Blow torches
 
Hand clamps Hand clamps
 
Hand scrapers Blades or tooth or other cutting edges
 
Heating furnaces Induction heaters
 
Hydraulic booms Hydraulic truck cranes
 
Hydraulic winches Winches
 
Laser cutters Laser cutting tools
 
Laser-beam machines Laser welding machinery
 
Layout squares Squares
 
Magnifiers Magnifiers
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Outside micrometer calipers Calipers
 
Power grinders Power grinders
 
Power hoists Hoists
 
Product loading equipment Loading equipment
 
Resistance welding guns Welders
 
Resistance welding machines Welders
 
Rulers Rulers
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Side cutting pliers End cut pliers
 
Slip joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
 
Soldering machines Soldering or desoldering or combined stations
 
Soldering robots Welding robots
 
Spot welding guns Welding tools
 
Tongs Tongs
 
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
 
Undercut gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Vernier micrometers Micrometers
 
Vise grip pliers Locking pliers
 
Walk-behind lift trucks Lifts
 
Welding electrodes Welding electrodes
 
Welding helmets Welding masks
 
Welding machines Welders
 
Welding robots Welding robots
 
Welding tip cleaning files Welding or brazing tip cleaner files
 
Welding tip dressers Welding tip dressers or accessories
 
Welding torch tips Welding or cutting tips
 
Wire brushes Wire brushes
 
Workpiece positioning jigs Positioning jig
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Arc Welding Machine Operator
Assembler
Auto Welder
Billet Assembler
Braze Operator
Brazer
Brazing Machine Operator
Brazing Machine Setter
Brazing Machine Setter and Setup Operator
Brazing Machine Tender
Brazing Metal Fill Operator
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
Final Assembly Worker
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 Setter
Machine Welder
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Metal Model Maker
Mig Welder
Operator
Oxygraph Operator
Press Operator
Production Worker
Racking Machine Operator
Radiagraph Operator
Reflow Operator
Repair Welder
Reserve Tube Welder
Resistance Machine Welder Setter
Resistance Welding Machine Operator
Robot Operator
Robotic Welding Cell Operator
Rod Welder
Solder Deposit Operator
Solderer
Soldering Machine Operator
Soldering Machine Setter
Soldering Machine Setter and Setup Operator
Soldering Machine Tender
Spot Welder
Technical Associate (TA)
Thermit Welding Machine Operator
Tool and Die Maker
Travograph Operator
Type Soldering Machine Tender
Ultrasonic Welding Machine Operator
Wave Soldering Machine Operator
Weld Technician
Welder
Welding Machine Operator
Welding Machine Operator/Tender
Welding Machine Setter
Welding Operator
Welding Pantograph Machine Operator
Welding Pantograph Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators and Tenders
 
 
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