The following are examples of job functions for a Welder that demand some level of proficiency with digital tools, devices, and systems:

  • Consulting blueprints, sketches, reports, and manuals in order to execute jobs and tasks to specification¬†
  • Assessing equipment, structures, materials, and job specifications for appropriate welding positions and methods
  • Monitoring equipment for appropriate usage and temperature
  • Applying knowledge of chemistry, metallurgy, and electricity
  • Creating work logs, work orders, business letters, and preparing quotes
  • Operating and troubleshooting computer-assisted design (CAD) software
  • Operating manual or semi-automatic welding equipment and semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment

Examples of Digital Tools, Devices and Systems for Welder
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Windows Operating System, Word, Excel)
  • Internet/Web:
    • to locate information, such as equipment and supply specifications
    • to review online manuals
    • to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers, and employers
  • Personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements
  • ERP software to maintain records regarding inventory and supplies
  • Specialized databases to enter times, query inventories, and locate parts specifications and details of previously completed projects
  • Time tracking software to track time and materials
  • Equipment with digital/computerised interfaces such as lifting and control devices, testing devices, robotic welding equipment, etc.
  • Email and mobile phone for communication