Welders cut and join pieces of metal. Welders may also work as machine operators who operate previously set-up welding, brazing and soldering equipment.

Working as a welder for a forest product company means you will be working in a fast-paced environment. Fixing broken equipment may mean you have to step in and manage a situation without much notice. Welding is physically demanding, and it requires manual dexterity and an eye for detail.

other titles

Brazer and Hammerer, Furnace Blazer, Wire Welder

education

A 2-year trade school degree or apprenticeship is required. Different certifications are also required for specific positions. 

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $42,599
  • Average Hourly Rate: $20/hour

responsibilities

  • Operate brazing and soldering equipment
  • Operate metal shaping machines
  • Repair worn parts of metal products by welding on extra layers
  • Read and interpret blueprints or welding specifications

This job is right for you if...

  • You want to make a difference working in a green job
  • You like making things with tools
  • You are a team player

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