What Do Solderers And Brazers Do

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Solderers And Brazers

Solderers And Brazers braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

Salary
$46690
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality





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What they do

Solderers And Brazers braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

  • Guide torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together.
  • Adjust electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature.
  • Turn valves to start the flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
  • Examine seams for defects and rework defective joints or broken parts.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Solderers and Brazers remove workpieces from molten solder and hold parts together until color indicates that solder has set. They place solder bars into containers and turn knobs to specified positions to melt the solder and regulate its temperature.

A typical day for a Solderer and Brazer will also include:

  • Turn valves to start the flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
  • Clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions, or cleaning compounds.
  • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure a snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
  • Brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of the metal.
  • Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Solderers and Brazers also Cut carbon electrodes to specified sizes and shapes, using cutoff saws. They may also connect hoses from torches to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and specified gas fuels.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Solderers and Brazers sweat together workpieces coated with solder. They might also clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.

In addition, they brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of the metal.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them smooth soldered areas with alternate strokes of paddles and torches, leaving soldered sections slightly higher than surrounding areas for later filing.

To some Solderers and Brazers, it is also their responsibility to clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions, or cleaning compounds.

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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Low

61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.

This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.

It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Normal working hours (40 hours per week).

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

Salary is below average.

How much do they make

Average salary

$46690 per year

Average hourly wage

$22 per hour

Entry-level Solderers And Brazers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $30,640 to $36,140 per year or $15 to $17 per hour.

Salary by experience Annual Hourly
Highest (Top 10%) $66,250 $32
Senior (Top 25%) $53,820 $26
Median $44,190 $21
Junior (Bottom 25%) $36,140 $17
No experience (Bottom 10%) $30,640 $15

This table shows the top 10 highest paying industries for Solderers And Brazers based on their average annual salary.

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scheduled Air Transportation $92230 $44.34
Natural Gas Distribution $79680 $38.31
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $77620 $37.32
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $73570 $35.37
Other Pipeline Transportation $68840 $33.09
Utility System Construction $64600 $31.06
Metal Ore Mining $63970 $30.75
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas $61910 $29.77
Local Government $61540 $29.59
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil $61330 $29.48

View more salary by industries here.

Where can they work

Where can Solderers And Brazers work? Here is a table showing the top 10 largest employers of Solderers And Brazers including the average salary in that industry.

Employers Total Employed Annual Salary Hourly Wages
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 68560 $43780 $21.05
Machinery Manufacturing 58760 $44610 $21.45
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 22610 $43370 $20.85
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 21420 $41180 $19.80
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14910 $49520 $23.81
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 14780 $43610 $20.96
Employment Services 14720 $44240 $21.27
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance 14190 $46240 $22.23
Utility System Construction 12680 $64600 $31.06
Ship and Boat Building 12550 $52720 $25.35

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
0%

40 hours
85%

More than 40 hours
15%

Working schedule

83%

15%

2%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
1%

Every day
2%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
10%

Every day
5%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
21%

Every day
56%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
58%

Once a year
34%

Once a month
2%

Once a week
0%

Every day
7%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
38%

Slightly competitive
6%

Moderately competitive
34%

Highly competitive
10%

Extremely competitive
12%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
37%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
63%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
66%

Once a year or more
7%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
1%

Every day
27%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
84%

Once a year or more
16%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
1%

Every day
0%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
94%

Once a year or more
6%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
0%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
38%

High School Diploma or equivalent
45%

Post-Secondary Certificate
11%

Some College Courses
0%

Associate’s Degree or similar
5%

Bachelor’s Degree
1%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant majors

No majors found

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
26%

1 month
12%

1 to 3 months
15%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
13%

1 to 2 years
15%

2 to 4 years
8%

4 to 6 years
0%

6 to 8 years
10%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
2%

1 month
26%

1 to 3 months
37%

3 to 6 months
25%

6 months to 1 year
1%

1 to 2 years
8%

2 to 4 years
0%

4 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality type for this career

The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

The Builder
100%

People with The Builder personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


The Thinker
24%

People with The Thinker personality likes to work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. They prefer work that requires them to solve problems mentally.


The Artist
14%

People with The Artist personality likes to work with designs and patterns. They prefer activities that require self-expression and prefer work that can be done without following a clear set of rules.


The Helper
14%

People with The Helper personality type likes to work with people and in teams. They prefer work that allows them to build relationships with others.


The Leader
19%

People with The Leader personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.


The Organizer
29%

People with The Organizer personality type likes to follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details more than with ideas.


You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

Take this quiz to see if this is the right career for you.

Work Values

Which values are the most important to a person’s satisfaction for this job?

Achievement
33%

You are someone who is results oriented. You prefer work that allows you to utilize your skills and abilities while at the same time giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Working Conditions
43%

You are someone who values job security, steady employment, and good working conditions. You also prefer work that keeps you busy all the time with something different to do every day.

Recognition
33%

You are someone who values job advancement and leadership roles. You prefer work that receives recognition for the work you do and jobs that are looked up to by others in the company and your community.

Relationships
48%

You are someone who likes to provide a service to others. You prefer a work environment where you can work with your co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Support
71%

You are someone who values a company that stands behind their employees. You prefer a work environment where everyone is treated fairly and is being supported by the company.

Independence
38%

You are someone who likes to work on your own and make your own decisions. You prefer work that requires little supervision and are allowed to try out your own ideas.

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