- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- High school diploma
About This Career
Ready to test your metal? How about your mettle? As a Welder, you take pride in your craft, skillfully fusing metal parts together – a vital function when it comes to oil and gas-related construction, operations or maintenance projects. If you’re skilled with your hands, mathematically minded, and detail-oriented, perhaps you’re meant to melt some metal and pursue a career in welding.
Welders fuse metal parts together – a vital function when it comes to oil and gas-related construction, operations or maintenance projects.
Welders work with tools such as blow torches and hand-welding and flame-cutting equipment to join metal components or to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products. They may be required to use advanced digital tools for some high precision work.
Safety is a significant part of the job as working with heat and open flames can present hazards. Additionally, much depends on the quality of welding. A poor weld can present a significant safety and/or environmental issue. To ensure the quality of a weld, Welders often check it via x-ray, pressure-testing and other methods.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Analyzing engineering drawings, blueprints, specifications, sketches, work orders and material safety data sheets to plan layout, assembly and welding operations
- Operating manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment, brazing and soldering equipment
- Operating metal shaping, straightening, and bending machines, such as brakes and shears
- Selecting and installing torches, torch tips filler rods and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals
- Setting up and operating hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment
- A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required. Certified welders can build on their qualifications and capabilities for more advanced welding.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program.
- Certified welders can build on their qualifications and capabilities for more advanced welding.
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination
Welders have a certain spark. You’re a solid team player, but also analytical and capable of problem solving when you encounter flaws with a design or materials. You’re skilled with your hands and able to cut metal with precision. You’re also proficient at math and interpreting blue prints.
- Public safety and security
- Active listening
- Selecting equipment
- Monitoring operations
- Attention to detail
- Quality control analysis
- Repairing machines and systems
- Judgment and decision making
- Mining and quarrying
By Stein Industries Inc
$24.00 hourlyView Job
By N.O.W. & Associates Inc
$25.00 to $35.00 hourly (to be negotiated)View Job
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