In a typical work setting, welding and soldering machine operators:
- 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.
- 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.