Occ. Code 7371000


New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


A Welder plans, lays out and fabricates a variety of metals including steel, iron, brass and aluminum in the construction, repair and maintenance of structures and equipment using electric arc and gas welding equipment in accordance with approved trade practices.

Welders are employed by many agencies with the greatest number of positions in the Canal Corporation, Department of Transportation and NYS Thruway Authority


Typically a Welder is responsible for all welding work on a variety of metals and alloys using arc and gas welding equipment in an assigned area, on an assigned project, or for an entire facility. Incumbents plan and lay out work as specified by diagram, blueprint, work order, or oral instructions. A welder may supervise others in this work including semiskilled and relatively unskilled workers.

Positions of Maintenance Helper assigned to a Welder assist by performing manual tasks involving elementary skills as directed while learning the practical techniques of the trade.

Other classes concerned with welding activities include:

A General Mechanic may perform journey-level welding activities. However, such positions are classified only where the incumbents perform skilled and semiskilled activities in a combination of trades.

A Sheet Metal Worker performs journey-level sheet metal work including the fabrication of a variety of articles from sheet metal such as steel tables, special laboratory equipment, cabinets and sinks using specialized tools and equipment. The work may also require that the incumbent weld, solder and braze.

A Plumber and Steamfitter performs journey-level plumbing and steamfitting work in the installation, alteration and repair of pipes, fittings and fixtures of heating, ventilating, heating control, water, and drainage systems. This work may occasionally require the incumbent to weld, solder and braze.


Incumbents weld, braze and cut metals and alloys according to written or oral instructions and previous experience, utilizing appropriate welding equipment and techniques and following approved trade practices. Illustrative activities include the following:


The nature of a WelderÂ’s activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organizational unit. As assigned, a Welder supervises various maintenance positions in a welding operation. Such relationships are characterized by frequent verbal communications in assigning work and providing instructions.


Welders are supervised by higher-level tradesÂ’ positions such as Supervising Plumber and Steamfitter, Motor Equipment Maintenance Supervisor 1 or 2, Maintenance Supervisor 2 or 3, or Canal Maintenance Shop Supervisor 1 or 2, who determine work priorities and the nature and extent of the work to be performed and furnish the materials and equipment. However, in the absence of such direction, a Welder may set priorities, requisition needed materials and determine the work that has to be done.

Although the work of a Welder is inspected periodically, incumbents are expected to work with considerable independence as is typical of a craftsperson.

As assigned, a Welder will supervise subordinate maintenance positions in making assignments, giving instructions and observing and inspecting work performed to insure that instructions have been followed and that the quality of the work is satisfactory.


Welders use the tools of the welding trade including hand tools, portable power tools, shop equipment, arc and gas welding equipment, and welding accessories.



Four years of full-time experience under a journey-level welder which provided training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program. Apprentice training in welding gained by completion of technical courses in welding in a school, institute or branch of the armed services may be substituted for the above training and experience on a year-for-year basis.



 Reviewed: 6/02


 NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.