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- This apprenticeship combines multiple key manufacturing skills into a single program.
- Welding is used in thousands of manufacturing activities.
- Fabrication is essential in producing a full range of manufactured goods.
The duties of Welder-Fabricators include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Perform various welding methods to join various metals, in various structural shapes.
- Fabricate precision parts and assemblies.
- Cut and trim metal objects using heat from an electric arc, ionized gas, or burning gas.
- Assemble parts and components.
- Maintain welding equipment and machines.
Welder-Fabricators work mostly indoors in manufacturing plants. Conditions vary by plant and industry.
- Welding may be performed while standing, stooping, or bending in a designated area, confined space, or high off the ground.
- Fabricating and assembling may require standing for long periods.
- Welding, fabricating, and cutting often pose hazards, such as intense heat and light, and fumes and fine particles.
- Following safety procedures, such as wearing personal protective equipment and working in well ventilated areas, is critical.
- Work hours are full-time and may include evenings and weekends.
The program is four years of not less than 8,000 hours. It includes 7,560 hours of on-the-job learning and 440 hours of paid related instruction.
The employer must train the apprentice in the following mandatory duties:
- Adhere to welding and fabrication health and safety rules and regulations.
- Interpret technical drawings, prints, job specifications and orders.
- Perform welds using all processes, positions and materials available.
- Produce precision fabricated parts and assemblies.
- Perform all cutting processes available to the employer.
- Perform inspection of welds, parts, and assemblies.
- Perform basic forming processes.
- Perform job set-up operations in order to control distortion.
- Apply manufacturing principles to welding and fabrication work processes.
In addition, the employer may train the apprentice in the following optional duties:
- Additional welding processes
- Additional fabrication processes
- Soldering and brazing
- CNC equipment and/or software
- Other duties identified by the employer
The apprentice must also complete the following:
- Complete the "Transition to Trainer" course in the final year of the apprenticeship.
The apprentice must be:
- A high school graduate or equivalency
- At least 18 years of age
- Physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations and without hazard
- Able to work in the United States
The employer must:
- Have been in business for at least one year
- Ensure that the apprentice is trained in the mandatory duties listed above
- Ensure that the apprentice is trained safely at all times
- Employ a full-time journeyworker or other qualified individual to supervise and/or train the apprentice at all times
- Employ one full-time journeyworker per apprentice.
- Attention to detail is required to perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws.
- Manual dexterity is required to hold equipment in place and movie it precisely.
- Physical stamina is required to endure long periods of standing and repetitious movements.
- Spatial-orientation is required to interpret two-and-three-dimensional diagrams in order to fit metal products correctly.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.
- O*NET Online
- Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions