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High-end Earners in
North Carolina ( Top 10% )
median annual wage
median hourly wage
  • Utilize welding machines to cut or fuse metals such as aluminum or steel
  • Understand blueprints and calculate dimensions and specifications for the welds
  • Safely clean, set up and maintain the equipment
  • Supervise the process to prevent overheating
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Examine products to find defects and to rework defective parts
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies before assembling them, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded
North Carolina Job Outlook
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Number of jobs by 2030
Expected growth from 2024 to 2030