Military Welders and Metal Workers

Military Career

General Information


Welders and metal workers deal with shaping, brazing, soldering, and forming metals to aid in different construction efforts that serve military missions worldwide. They create custom parts to repair the structural components of ships, tanks, submarines, landing craft, buildings, and equipment. They also install sheet metal products, such as roofs, air ducts, gutters, and vents.  These enlisted workers use a wide range of skills, processes, and tools.

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Work Environment

Welders and metal workers work indoors in metalworking shops and aircraft hangars. They also work outdoors at construction sites, on ships, and in the field.

Comparable Industries

  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only)
  • Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Welders and Metal Workers in the Military


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Average Salary


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Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Welders and metal workers in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Sheet metal layout and duct workProcedures for cutting, brazing, and heat treatingOperation and care of welding, soldering, and brazing equipment

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