For this assignment the class was to pretend that they are human resource managers who are
expanding a local welding company and looking for new welders to hire. The objectives of this
paper are to describe the type of employee search process to use, the sources for potential
employees, the appropriate testing to employ, the types of interview approaches one might
consider using, and any issues that may be encountered.
The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s
Occupational Outlook Handbook
(2010-11 Edition) describes a
welder as a tradesman who specializes in welding materials together. The materials to be joined
can be metals (such as steel, aluminum, brass, stainless steel etc.) or varieties of plastic or
polymer. Welders typically have to have good dexterity and attention to detail, as well as some
technical knowledge about the materials being joined and best practices in the field. Welders also
often use advance processes like flux-cored arc welding and shielded metal arc welding.
Generally this vocation is found in the construction sector but may also be seen in
manufacturing, fabricated metal product manufacturing, transportation equipment
manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, architectural and structural metals manufacturing, oil
and gas, power generation, mechanical, electrical, building services, aerospace and defense,,
facilities, and general engineering industries. The type of work can be part-time, contract,
temporary, or permanent and position levels can generally range from trainee, graduate, junior,
regular, technicians, senior, team leader, supervisors, manager, senior manager, inspectors,
instructors, director, and engineer.
Skilled welding, soldering, and brazing workers generally plan work from drawings, called