Soldering Machine Operators


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Soldering Machine Operators

Soldering Machine Operators - Physical Demands

Welding and soldering machine operators frequently:

  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Bend or twist their body.

It is important for welding and soldering machine operators to be able to:

  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
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  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for welding and soldering machine operators to be able to:

  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
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  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Use muscles to jump, sprint, or throw objects.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.