Should I Become a Brazing Technician?
Also known as brazers, brazing technicians perform a welding technique in which heat is applied to a filler material or alloy to fuse metals. Brazers commonly work in the construction and manufacturing industries. Safety gear is normally worn to protect from the heat and the arc's bright light. This profession requires stamina, as technicians are often required to stand or hold a torch in a precise position for significant lengths of time. Some brazing technicians work night and weekend shifts.
|Training Required||Some training is preferred, though not required|
|Certification||Voluntary welding and safety certifications are available|
|Key Skills||Manual dexterity, an attention to detail, troubleshooting abilities, critical-thinking skills, familiarity with analysis software, ability to use tools such as a blow torch|
|Salary (2014)||$37,420 median annual salary (for all welders, cutters, solderers and brazers)|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Welding Society, National Association of Safety Professionals, O Net OnLine.
Step 1: Complete a Training Program
Some employers offer on-the-job training to prospective brazing technicians, though they'd rather hire those with some type of education. Many high school technical programs offer coursework in welding. Local technical institutes and community colleges also generally offer welding certificate and diploma programs. Most can be completed in less than a year and include training in oxyacetylene and metal arc welding, in addition to providing instruction in brazing techniques. Curricula usually combine theory with practice. Students receive hands-on training in labs, applying what they've learned in class. They also learn about industry codes and safety practices, equipment types and materials specifications.
- Consider taking electives in electronics technology. A familiarity with electronics could be beneficial to brazing technicians who find themselves working with computerized machinery. These courses could also help brazing technicians who choose to pursue employment as brazing machine operators and tenders.
Step 2: Earn Certification
Brazers who would like to demonstrate their competency to potential employers can sit for certification exams offered by such organizations as the National Association of Safety Professionals. Its Welding, Cutting and Brazing Safety Technician certification is awarded to candidates who complete a training course and pass a written exam. The American Welding Society (AWS) also offers credentials, such as the Certified Welder designation, to applicants who can perform a weld to the satisfaction of an inspector.
Step 3: Maintain Certification
Certified welders with organizations such as the American Welding Society must renew their certification every 6 months. To renew, brazing technicians must submit forms, signed by their employer, confirming their continued practice of the welding technique they are certified to perform.
- Get certified as a weld inspector. For brazers seeking to expand their career potential, obtaining certification as a weld inspector can open the door to advanced opportunities.