What Are Alternate Careers for Welders?
Cutter – People who use heat to cut and form metal into specific sizes are called cutters. They use many of the same tools as welders, such as electric arcs. Rather than joining pieces together like a welder, cutters focus only on shaping and carving metal. At times, they may have to deconstruct or dismantle large things like cars, aircraft, or buildings. They do this by strategically carving apart metal beams one by one.
Soldering technician – These workers join delicate metal components with molten solder. They also fill indents, seams, and holes in metal structures and devices. Their work is a bit safer than that of welders and brazers, as they do not melt the actual joining pieces themselves. The solder material they use is typically an alloy of lead and tin, melting at a relatively low temperature.
Soldering technicians often work with small electrical components and help to build computer circuit boards. They must be detail-oriented and able to work with tiny pieces for hours on end. In most cases they earn hourly wages somewhere between $10 and $20.
Some commonly-used professional soldering techniques include:
Traditional hand soldering
Brazer – Brazing is kind of like high-heat soldering. While the melting point of soldering metals are below 840 degrees Fahrenheit, brazing involves heating metals with a greater melting point. Oftentimes, brazing materials are alloys of zinc and copper.
Usually, brazers will first heat metal pieces to a desired temperature and then place their filler material between the joining section. The hot metal then softens the filler to solidify the connection. Workers in this profession usually begin with a salary package around $30k per year, which can only go up from there.
Brazing is used to do the following:
Protect against the wear and tear or corrosion of metal parts
Connect thin metals such as cast iron that would warp if welded