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Welder

Welders join metal components together in substations or transmission and distribution facilities.

Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products. They perform essential tasks in the construction and maintenance of transmission, distribution, and substation equipment.

Median Hourly Salary: $18.95
Education & Training: High school diploma or equivalent is needed for entry.
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Work Environment: This job often involves:
  • Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets
  • Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls
  • The importance of being accurate or exact
  • Having face-to-face discussions
  • Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions
Most Important Skills:
  • Controlling Quality—Testing how well a product or service works.
  • Monitoring Performance—Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Coordinating with Others—Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Thinking Critically—Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Operating Equipment—Using equipment or systems.
Most Important Knowledge Areas:
  • Mechanical—Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design—Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing—Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Engineering and Technology—Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics—Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Licensing: No State of Minnesota license requirements are found for this career.
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