Thermit Welding-Machine Operator

Operate thermit welding machines to join metal components.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Thermit Welding-Machine Operators do?

Operates thermit welding machine to join metal components, such as crankshafts, ship stern frames, machine parts, and railroad and craneway rails. Aligns and secures parts in holding fixture. Cuts gap in parts parallel to joint, using gas torch. Places wax pattern and mold box around gap. Places gate and riser patterns into specific positions. Pulls plug to automatically pour specified amount of thermit material into mold box. Ignites kerosene preheater to melt wax and dry mold, using gas torch. Places powder on thermit material and ignites compound, using gas torch, to start thermit welding reaction. Breaks mold, using handtools. Cuts off gates and risers, using gas torch.

Should I be a Thermit Welding-Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Thermit Welding Machine Operator, Welding-Machine Operator, Thermit

    How to Become a
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