Solderers and Brazers

Description

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

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.

Knowledge

Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Acetylene Burner
Acetylene Operator
Acetylene Torch Operator
Acetylene Torch Solderer
Acetylene Welder
Assembler
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 Assembler
Electrical Solderer
Electronic Assembler
Electronic Technician
Fabricator
Gas Brazer
Gas Torch Brazier
Gas Torch Solderer
Metal Solderer
Plastic Welder
Production Line Solderer
Production Technician
Resistance Brazer
Resistance Welder
Roller Seam Welder
Scrap Burner
Silver Brazer
Silver Solderer
Solderer
Solderer Dipper
Solderer-Assembler
Solderer-Dipper
Torch Solderer
Torch Welder
Ultrasonic Hand Solderer
Welder
Welder Fabricator
Wirer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$17.45 hourly, $36,300 annual.
Employment (2008):
329,710 employees