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Oswego Career Ladders - Welder

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Industry: Manufacturing
Area: Operations

There are two levels of Welders. Level I perform ordinary hand welding operations in all positions for mechanical strength on standardized assemblies and products, using arc or gas welding equipment. Operate welding machine, regulate current and voltage for proper fusion of metals. Size and type of rod prescribed or furnished. Level II welders perform difficult mig/tig and unusual hand welding operations on a wide range of metals and alloys for complex and voltage for proper penetration and fusion of metals, select electrode type and size using arc or gas welding equipment. Considerable skill required to fuse dissimilar metals, obtain maximum weld strength, and avoid distortion.

Work Settings

Manufacturing floor setting. The average workweek is 40 hours. Shift work and overtime is common. Many manufacturers operate 24 hours/day.


Level I Welders need to have successfully completed a welding certification program. Level II Welders also need 2-3 years job- related experience.

Job Outlook

See US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook ( for latest information


Average hourly earnings in CNY in 2005 ranged from $12.30/hour to $16.39/hour.

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