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Working with Others
The majority of welders' tasks are completed independently, but they must work with other team members, including fitters, other welders and supervisors to plan work, confirm measurements and calculations, assist co-workers with tasks and schedule sharing of equipment. Journeypersons may coach and receive assistance from apprentices. They may also be partnered with workers from other trades, such as pipefitters, to co-ordinate their tasks on projects so that steps are completed in the right order.
Welders are required by various codes, e.g. Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), to retake practical tests within a specific period of time. Study and practice may be required to prepare for these tests and employers typically allow time for this on the job. Various training programs, books and manuals are available through technical institutes and authorities, such as the Canadian Welding Bureau. Welders may also attend sessions hosted by suppliers about new products, such as grinding wheels, welding rods and gases. Employers also provide training that is specific to their companies, type of work and locations. Examples of company-specific training include company policies, confined space entry, helicopter safety and H2S gas. Because innovations in consumables, such as gases and rods, equipment, welding applications and processes, are frequently introduced, welders must upgrade their knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis. Some welders pursue learning on their own time by doing things, such as researching technical information on the Internet.