- Pipeline Welder
- Radiographic Interpreter
- Structural Welder
- Underwater Welder
- Welding Educator
- Welding Engineer
- Welding Inspector
- Welding Supervisor
- Welding Technician
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A boilermaker is a skilled craftsperson who fabricates, installs, maintains, and repairs boilers, tanks, vats, pressure vessels, and other structures. These structures generate power, provide heat, and function as storage containers for oil, industrial chemicals, or other liquids.
Ironworkers erect and dismantle a wide range of metal frameworks, from bridges and antennas, to skyscrapers and stadiums. They also erect the cranes and derricks used to construct these structures. Some ironworkers install and repair catwalks, elevators, ladders, fire escapes, railings, fences, and more.
Pipeline Welders, also known as Pipe Welders, join and repair tubular products and metallic pipe components and assemblies as part of the construction of buildings, vessels, structures, and stand-alone pipelines. They use a variety of welding processes and equipment, in a wide range of industrial and commercial environments.
Pipefitters are sometimes more specifically known as steamfitters or gasfitters. They fabricate, install, maintain, assemble, and repairs piping systems. These systems include cooling, hydraulic, pneumatic, and high-pressure assemblies that transport water, steam, chemicals, or fuel, for commercial, industrial, or marine use.
Radiographic Interpreters produce radiographs of welds and interpret the results to identify the presence of welding discontinuities. Then, they apply their knowledge of the AWS, API, ASME and other codes to determine which discontinuities are acceptable and which discontinuities must be rejected as a defect.
A Structural Welder erects, joins, cuts, and repairs beams, girders, columns, and other structural components to form complete structures or frameworks. These same structural components are also often fabricated by Structural Welders prior to their use in the field.
An Underwater Welder uses many common arc welding processes to weld and cut in a wide range of aquatic environments. They must use their welding know-how and intricate knowledge of diving procedures and protocol to effectively lay down strong welds, often in tight spaces and less-than-forgiving surroundings.
A welder is a skilled professional who specializes in fusing materials to the specifications listed in the Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) for the job at hand. Welders usually work with metals such as steel or aluminum, but some work with thermoplastics or ceramics.
Welding Educators use their conceptual and practical understanding of welding and welding instruction to teach a wide range of welding knowledge and skills, including welding techniques, positioning, fit-up, equipment set-up, welding theory, metallurgy, weldability of metals, print reading, and weld inspection.
Welding Engineers employ their extensive knowledge of physics, engineering, metallurgy, materials, welding, and standards to design, examine, and evaluate welds as well as to plan, supervise, and document welding operations in accordance with relevant codes, contracts or drawings.
Welding Inspectors employ their extensive knowledge of welding processes, test methods, discontinuities, materials, qualifications, and standards to ensure that weldments and welding related activities comply with all applicable quality and safety criteria.
Welding Supervisors combine management skills with an extensive knowledge of welding processes and welding economics to plan, staff, monitor and safely deliver welding projects according to schedule and budget. These responsibilities place Welding Supervisors in a unique position to increase productivity and product quality.
Welding Technicians use their knowledge of joining processes, materials, equipment, techniques, and standards to assist welding engineering personnel with the development, application, evaluation, and documentation of welding techniques, equipment, and processes used to manufacture welded products according to relevant codes.