Solderer/Brazer  What They Do

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Solderers and Brazers Career Video



Brazes or solders together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Examines seams for defects and reworks defective joints or broken parts.
  • Aligns and clamps workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or positions items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
  • Melts and applies solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
  • Cleans workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders.
  • Grinds, cuts, buffs, or bends edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
  • Cleans joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.
  • Guides torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together.
  • Adjusts electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature.
  • Turns valves to start flow of gases and lights flames and adjusts valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
  • Melts and applies solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Assembly Line Brazer --
  • Brazer --
  • Connector --
  • Electronic Technician -- Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs and modifies developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool n
  • Fabricator -- Fabricates and assembles structural metal products, for example framework or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges.
  • Production Technician --
  • Refrigeration Brazer/Solderer --
  • Refrigeration Specialist --
  • Solderer -- Joins or mends with solder.
  • Wirer --