Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (51-4122)

Occupation description:  Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 3232 0.00 11
United States 59,50048,800 -18.00 1,7101,710

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 18.4512.0514.47 17.7822.0326.10

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
3916 41.051.9 40.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation5
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation1
UI claimants previously working in occupation4
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 82
Number of job position postings 3
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 27.3

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Welding and Cutting

AVTEC   (Seward)
Combination Welding Certificate
Pipe Welding Certificate
Structural Welding Certificate

Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Welding Certificate

Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Construction Technology

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Welding Materials Technology Endorsement

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Advanced Welding/W403
Aluminum Welding Training/W413
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL
Fabrication Welding/W415
Pipe Welding/W414
Structural Welding Level One/W400
Ultimate Welding Program/W404

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)

Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee   (Anchorage)
Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Tank Farm Welding Certification Certificate
Welding Certificate

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Advanced Welding OEC
Nondestructive Testing Tech OEC
Weld & NonDestruct Test Tech AAS
Welding OEC

University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Welding Technology CT1

University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Welding CT1

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Entry Level Welder OEC

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Welding OEC