Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4122 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 20017$20.93/hr$16.76/hr$18.82/hr$21.15/hr$23.33/hr$24.91/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities70$18.48/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/A$22.73/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$21.04/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$26.09/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$26.69/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$26.21/hr-24.6%
St Cloud MN MSA 40$18.85/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 50$24.66/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 60$26.00/hr10.5%
Northwest Minnesota 90$22.71/hr5.7%
Northwest Balance of State 90$22.71/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$20.41/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$21.52/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 170$19.67/hr-2.8%
Southeast Minnesota 200$21.15/hr-2.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 650$22.78/hr-14.8%
Minnesota 1,180$22.18/hr-7.6%

  • Set up, operate, or tend welding machines that join or bond components to fabricate metal products or assemblies.
  • Assemble, align, and clamp workpieces into holding fixtures to bond, heat-treat, or solder fabricated metal components.
  • Read blueprints, work orders, or production schedules to determine product or job instructions or specifications.
  • Inspect, measure, or test completed metal workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using measuring and testing devices.
  • Lay out, fit, or connect parts to be bonded, calculating production measurements as necessary.
  • Prepare metal surfaces or workpieces, using hand-operated equipment, such as grinders, cutters, or drills.
  • Clean, lubricate, maintain, and adjust equipment to maintain efficient operation, using air hoses, cleaning fluids, and hand tools.
  • Select, position, align, and bolt jigs, holding fixtures, guides, or stops onto machines, using measuring instruments and hand tools.
  • Mark weld points and positions of components on workpieces, using rules, squares, templates, or scribes.
  • Transfer components, metal products, or assemblies, using moving equipment.