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what is a typical day look like on a welding job

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abhilasha’s Answer

Responsibilities:

Interpret blueprints, drawings, and measurements to plan layouts.
Weld small and large components such as copper plumbing, beams, and pipelines.
Use specialized machinery for industrial welding and oversee machines that perform the same job.
Maintain and repair all machinery.
Assess welded surfaces, structures and components to identify errors.
Follow and enforce strict safety regulations such as wearing heat-resistant gloves, protective masks, and safety shoes.
Monitor machinery for appropriate usage and temperature.
Weld components in flat, vertical, and overhead positions.

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Tanya’s Answer

I am not a welder but you got me curious so I did some research and here is what I learned. The typical day depends on the industry: construction, automotive, manufacturing, shipbuilding, aerospace applications, railroad manufacturing, electrical, natural gas, pipeline transportation, paper mills or energy extraction. It also depends on the job description duties. Arm-hand steadiness, control precision, and multi-limb coordination is crucial. Typical welder duties include putting things together, studying documents, making calculations, inspecting things, laying out things, using torches, determining the right methods and equipment needed, hammering, filling holes, mixing/applying coatings, some cleaning and maintaining equipment and machinery. You'd work 40 hours per week with overtime and shift work likely (so you may work some evenings or weekends). You'd likely need physical and technical skills so succeed. In a typical day you might look at documents/instructions, decide on a method, lay out your work, align it, take measurements, and discuss what needs to be done with others. You may need to preheat or clean things before you start welding. Then you choose the right equipment and protective gear for the job at hand and then start welding. when you are done you trim any excess material, make needed repairs, and apply protective or decorative finishes. Sounds like an interesting career choice!
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