Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237)

The following characteristics concern the occupation of
Welders (7237.1)

Definition

Welders operate welding equipment to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Note: The codes in brackets and under the Aptitudes heading are for career development specialists. Under the Interests heading, the code is in upper or lower case letters depending on the degree of importance.

Interests

Objective (O)

Objective persons enjoy working with tools, equipment, instruments and machinery. They like to repair and/or fabricate things from various materials according to specifications and using established techniques. Objective persons are interested in finding out how things operate and how they are built.

Methodical (M)

Methodical persons like to have clear rules and organized methods to guide their activities. They prefer working under the direction or supervision of others according to given instructions, or to be guided by established policies and procedures. Methodical persons like to work on one thing until it is completed. They enjoy following a set routine and prefer work that is free from the unexpected.

Directive (I)

Innovative persons like to explore things in depth and arrive at solutions to problems by experimenting. They are interested in initiating and creating different ways to solve questions and present information. They enjoy scientific subjects. Innovative persons prefer to be challenged with new and unexpected experiences. They adjust to change easily.

Physical activities

Close visual acuity (V1)

Some or all work activities are performed close to the worker. The scope of the visual field is confined and requires close attention to detail. Occupations where one or more of the Main Duties require close visual acuity are coded at this level. Other Main Duties in the unit group may involve other types of vision - for example, Near and far vision (3) or Total visual field (4).

Not relevant (C0*)

Colour discrimination is not relevant in the performance of the work.

Limited (H1)

Hearing is limited to short and/or infrequent verbal interactions in order to perform the work.

Other body positions (B4)

Work activities involve body postures other than, or in addition to, Sitting (1) and Standing and/or walking (2) such as bending, stooping, kneeling and crouching.

Upper limb co-ordination (L1)

Work activities involve co-ordination of upper limbs.

Heavy (S4)

Work activities involve handling loads more than 20 kg.

Aptitudes

G V N S P Q K F M
3 4 3 2 3 4 3 4 3

Data, people, things

Compiling (D3)

Accumulating information usually recorded physically but which may be stored mentally; gathering, collating and classifying information about data, people and things; frequently reporting and/or carrying out a prescribed action in relation to the information.

Not significant (P8)

Not significant

Precision working (C1)

Using the body and/or equipment to move, guide, place, install and/or interface with objects, in order to attain specifications and precise standards. Considerable judgment is required to select, adjust and utilize appropriate tools, products and/or materials to accomplish specified objectives.

Environmental conditions

Regulated inside climate (L1)

A normal controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.

Unregulated inside climate (L2)

An inside work environment where the temperature or humidity may be considerably different from normal room conditions. In some groups, the nature of the duties affects the temperature or humidity of the work environment.

Outside (L3)

An outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to variations in weather conditions and seasonal weather patterns.

Dangerous chemical substances (H1*)

Exposure to any chemical that may endanger health through inhalation, absorption or ingestion, contact with skin or eyes, or any chemical with the potential for fire or explosion. Substances may be in forms such as solids, liquids, gases, aerosols or particles.

Equipment, machinery, tools (H3)

Working near or with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools that may be a potential source of accident or injury.

Electricity (H4)

Exposure to electrical circuitry, high tension wires, transformers or other equipment that may be a potential source of electrical shock.

Radiation (H5*)

Exposure to ionizing radiation such as X-rays and radioactive substances or non ionizing radiation such as radio frequencies and infrared, ultraviolet or visible light that may affect health adversely.

Flying particles, falling objects (H6)

Exposure to flying particles and falling objects in the work environment that pose the risk of bodily injury. Flying particles refer to particles such as wood chips, metal particles and rock chips generated by the handling, crushing, grinding, rapid impact or explosion of materials.

Fire, steam, hot surfaces (H7)

Exposure to fire (rather than exposure to flammable substances that may ignite), to emissions of steam or to intensely hot surfaces that are potential sources of injury.

Noise (D1*)

Work that produces sufficient noise - constant or intermittent - to cause marked distraction or possible loss of hearing.

Odours (D3)

The presence of noxious, intense or prolonged odours in the work environment.

Non-toxic dusts (D4)

The presence of non-poisonous airborne particles such as textile dust, flour, sand, sawdust and feathers in the work environment.

Note

Welders may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, aerospace precision welding, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding, or machinery and equipment repair welding.

* Physical activities

For some occupations in this group, Colour Discrimination 1 (Relevant) may also apply.

* Environmental conditions

For some occupations in this group, Hazards H1 (Dangerous chemical substances) and H5 (Radiation), and Discomforts D1 (Noise) may also apply.