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Welders and Metal Workers


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Work Environment

Welders and metal workers work indoors in metalworking shops and aircraft hangars. They also work outdoors at construction sites on ships and in the field.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,641 - $238,558


Welders and metal workers deal with shaping, brazing, soldering, and forming metals to aid in different construction efforts that serve military missions worldwide. They create custom parts to repair the structural components of ships, tanks, submarines, landing craft, buildings, and equipment. They also install sheet metal products, such as roofs, air ducts, gutters, and vents. These enlisted workers use a wide range of skills, processes, and tools.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Welders and metal workers in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Sheet metal layout and duct work
  • Procedures for cutting brazing and heat treating
  • Operation and care of welding soldering and brazing equipment

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in working with repair tools
  • Preference for physical work

Related Civilian Careers

  • Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • Commercial Divers
  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • Construction Managers
  • Machinists
  • Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians