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Solderers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, welders and solderers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They usually work alone but also interact with supervisors throughout the day.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others who are working nearby.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors, but may on rare occasions work outdoors. Indoor locations may not have heating or air conditioning.
  • Often wear safety shoes, goggles, and hoods with protective lenses. May wear other devices to protect them from burns, eye injuries, and falling objects.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants that give off toxic fumes.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that result in burns.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to sound and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures from working outdoors.
  • May share work space with other welders and solderers.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could endanger workers' safety.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must allow work pace to be determined by the speed of equipment.
  • Usually make decisions and set daily tasks and goals with input from a supervisor first.
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  • Must meet strict weekly and daily deadlines.


  • Usually work a 40-hour week.
  • May work overtime, up to 70 hours a week.
  • May work in shifts as long as 12 hours.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.