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Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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.

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Skills Needed


Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.


Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

  • Lower Income Salary $25k
  • Median Income Salary$33k
  • Upper Income Salary $41k

Employment Projections for this Job


Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

  • Recommended years of math:
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  • Recommended years of science:
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Degree Levels Offered

    • Technology - Welding
    • Welding Certificate
    • Welding Technology Advanced Level AAS
    • Welding Technology Entry Level Certificate
    • Welding AAS
    • Welding Technology
    • Welding Technology Certificate

Paying for school

Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

  • 22

    Associate's Degree

  • 18

    Certificate Of At Least One But Less Than Two Years

  • 90

    Skills Certificate