In a typical work setting, welders and solderers:
- 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.
- 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.