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Solderer

Use small pieces of melted metal to hold wires and fittings in place.

What does a Solderer do?

When two very small metal pieces must be joined together, another very small metal piece works as the glue. This additional metal is melted, forming a tight seal without weakening the original pieces. This method is called soldering, and Solderers do it all day long.

As a Solderer, you may work in a factory, making computer chips. You’re given a set of drawings to follow, telling you exactly which parts should be joined together and where the joints should be made. You may use hand tools to bind those parts, or you may have a large machine that you program to make the soldering for you. When the joints are complete, you test them to make sure the bond is strong.

You may also work as a Solderer in a jewelry or eyeglass repair shop. You look closely at the broken item, and determine what material to use to put the broken pieces back together. Then you join them using hand tools, taking special care not to do yet more damage to the broken pieces.

Your work must be precise, and you’re often handling very small pieces heated to amazing temperatures. So you use magnifying glasses to see your work clearly, and wear protective gear so you don’t burn yourself with the hot soldering tools. You may need to cut back on your coffee intake so your hands won’t shake while you’re working.