Welders operate welding equipment to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals. This group also includes machine operators who operate previously set-up production welding, brazing and soldering equipment. They are employed by companies that manufacture structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products, and by welding contractors and welding shops, or they may be self-employed.
Essential Skills Requirements:
Safety-related Activities
Ability to read safe work permits and equipment lock-out procedures to learn about repairs and how to de-energize and re-energize equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and hazard assessment forms to learn safe handling instructions and potential hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read occupational health and safety standards, e.g. read rules to learn how to comply with working in confined spaces. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify the capacity of rigging equipment by referring to markings, such as stamps and tags. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read signs to learn about safety concerns, such as noise and electrical hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Welding and Quality Control
Ability to read instructions for the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment, such as welders, presses and breaks. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read regulations, codes and detailed welding procedures, e.g. read procedures developed by governing bodies, such as the Canadian Welding Bureau, to learn about acceptable welding practices. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate the grade of metals and their alloys using colour code charts. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends, symbols and abbreviations found on technical drawings to determine job requirements. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data, such as dimensions and the types, sizes, locations and starting positions of welds, using complex scale drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data, such as specifications, classifications, material coefficients, quantities, identification numbers and costs, in complex tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate information, such as the position of parts, using assembly drawings, e.g. refer to drawings to determine the location and assembly of project components. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for installations and repairs, e.g. consider project scopes and the availability of materials and labour. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to choose the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide the order in which to install fixtures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
General Administrative Activities
Ability to read short instructions written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read information on product labels to learn how to mix materials. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short text entries on forms, such as log books and job orders. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of memos to learn about changes to policies, safety concerns and upcoming meetings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read brochures and magazine and website articles to learn about new products and stay informed about industry practices. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete invoices to record tasks completed, materials used and hours worked. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as classifications, times, temperatures and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to write reminders and short notes to customers and co-workers, e.g. write short notes to inform supervisors about tasks to be completed. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short comments in forms and log books, e.g. write comments in order forms to request delivery information. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. measure for setting-up machinery, use Imperial measurements, such as fractional units of inches. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)