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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 33023$23.10/hr$15.25/hr$19.42/hr$23.49/hr$26.92/hr$32.11/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing520$24.45/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$29.71/hr
Professional and Business Services100$15.25/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A-3.3%
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$19.70/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 30$24.30/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 60$24.39/hr5.5%
Southwest Minnesota 60$19.78/hr0.0%
Northwest Balance of State 60$24.39/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$24.39/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 80$24.56/hr-1.9%
Central Minnesota 100$24.39/hr-1.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 330$23.49/hr-2.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 400$23.20/hrN/A
Minnesota 640$24.39/hr-1.6%




  • Select torch tips, alloys, flux, coil, tubing, or wire, according to metal types or thicknesses, data charts, or records.
  • 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.
  • Set dials and timing controls to regulate electrical current, gas flow pressure, heating or cooling cycles, or shut-off.
  • 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.
  • Record operational information on specified production reports.