Welding is the most common way to permanently join metal parts. In this process, heat applied to metal pieces melts and fuses them together. Because of its strength, welding is used in the building of ships, automobiles, and aircraft. It is also used to manufacture thousands of other products. In addition, welding is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures. Soldering and brazing are similar processes that are used on electronic and other small equipment.
Welders plan work from drawings or detailed work orders. In some cases, they use their knowledge of welding and metals to decide how to repair or join metal parts. Once they have information about the job, welders select and set up the equipment. Welders use arc, gas, and flame torches, as well as other types of welding equipment. They perform manual welding, in which they entirely control the work, and semi-automatic welding, in which they use machinery to help perform some tasks.
Welders often wear safety shoes, goggles, and hoods with protective lenses. They usually work alone and indoors. *
*Most information obtained from the Illinois Career Information System
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