Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, welding and soldering machine operators:
Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of job-required social contact. Communicate mostly through face-to-face discussions.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are moderately responsible for the work done by other machine operators.
  • May on occasion be placed in conflict situations where others might be rude or angry.
  • Sometimes work as part of a work group or team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always wear face shields or safety goggles.
  • Nearly always work indoors.
  • Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are sometimes exposed to chemical contaminants.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations and equipment that produce cuts or minor burns. There is only a low likelihood of slight injury from this exposure.
  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot temperatures from machines.
  • May on occasion be exposed to intensely bright light. This is more likely for soldering and brazing machine operators.
  • May on occasion be exposed to cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions. This is more likely for soldering and brazing machine operators.
  • May work physically near others, such as when sharing work spaces.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause safety hazards.
  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of the machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Sometimes make decisions that affect their employer’s reputation. They often seek input from a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
  • Must meet strict daily deadlines.


  • Usually work a 40-hour week.
  • May work many hours of overtime.
  • May work in shifts as long as 12 hours.