What does a brazer do?
Brazers braze or solder metal components together to create fabricated metal products. They often use molten metal to connect the two pieces of material. They heat the work pieces to the designated temperatures. They also melt materials to fill in indentations, holes, and seams of products. They use a variety of tools such as gas torches, soldering irons, electric current, grinders, and welding machines. Brazers also apply coating to products to protect again corrosion and reduce the effects of wear. They clean products to remove unwanted dirt and chemicals. They chose and set up the require equipment, follow the plans, and examine the products to ensure the meet the specific specifications and standards. They make the necessary adjustments and repairs on defective or broken components.
What kind of training does a brazer need?
Brazers usually need at least a high school diploma. Most employers prefer brazers that have experience or formal training. Many brazers complete formal postsecondary training from vocational and technical schools or community colleges. Prospective brazers typically complete courses in mathematics, physics, mechanical drawing, chemistry, and metallurgy. Most employers provide on the job training to enable new brazers to learn the expectations, policies, and procedures of the employer. Brazers must stay up to date on advancements in the filed and often complete additional training throughout their career.
What are the prospects for a career as a brazer?
Employment of brazers is expected to grow more slowly than average for all professions, increasing 5% from 2006 to 2016 (1). Technological advances and automation will contribute to the slow employment growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good especially for brazers with advanced training and extensive experience. Many job openings will arise from the need to replace brazers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do brazers make?
As of November 2009, brazers with less than 1 year experience earn average annual salaries between $24,417 and $56,000. Those with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between $24,463 and $48,692 (2).
A career as a brazer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in brazing tasks. Brazers must have a solid knowledge of raw materials and how they react to a variety of processes. They must have good eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, and great vision. They must also be in good physical health and be able to focus on detailed tasks for long periods of time. Brazers must always abide by the proper safety precautions to prevent accidents and avoid injury.