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Welders, Cutters, & Welder Fitters

Also called: Fabricator, Welder, Welder-Fitter, Welder/Fabricator

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Aircraft Intermediate Level Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic; Aviation Support Equipmentman; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, F/A-18; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Mechanic, F-35B; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Power Plants Mechanic, J-52; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic, KC-130/V-22; Helicopter Airframe Mechanic, UH/AH-1; Helicopter Mechanic, CH-53; Hull Maintenance Technician; Tiltrotor Airframe Mechanic, MV-22

What they do:
Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
On the job, you would:
  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • mechanical
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence
  • Innovation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Computer aided design CAD software
  • EZ Pipe software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Scientific Software Group Filter Drain FD


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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