Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
What Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters do?
Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area. They may work on a scaffold, high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. Most work full time and overtime is common.
A high school diploma or equivalent, combined with technical and on-the-job training, is typically required for anyone to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer.
The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $41,380 in May 2019. Oregon Median is $44,310
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 % from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. Oregon expecting an 11% growth.