How to Get Soldering Jobs. Soldering, a process used to join metals together by using heat, is useful in assembling all kinds of mechanical and electrical products, including circuit boards and automobiles. Soldering can be performed in a production line or by using hand tools. While some companies will agree to train you in soldering as part of your employment offer, most will expect you to have a certain amount of experience before you apply.
Earn a high school diploma or a GED. You must also be able to speak, write and read English without trouble in order to work as a solderer.
Acquire an associate's degree in combination welding technology or a related field to increase your chances of getting a well-paying soldering job. These 2-year programs feature coursework in shop math, basic chemistry, blueprint reading and computer systems. Some vocational schools and community colleges will also offer apprenticeships as part of the program to give you valuable on-the-job training in soldering.
Get experience using general hand tools, such as crimpers, wrenches, screwdrivers and wire strippers, and have a general understanding of assembly and wiring. If you don't pursue an associate's degree, consider building this type of experience through construction jobs. You should also be familiar with the various types of soldering tools, such as soldering irons and guns, hot-air pencils, torches, wire and bristle brushes and hand-held infrared lights.
Create a professional resume listing your educational background, including your high school diploma (or GED) and associate's degree if any. List your previous work experience in chronological order, noting the dates of employment for each position. At the end, create a section for listing all of the tools and computer programs with which you are familiar. You can check out sample manufacturing resumes at ManufacturingResumes.com (see Resources below).
Choose the type of soldering job you would like to do. The most common form of soldering is working with electronic components and circuit boards. Other common areas include working with pipes and plumbing, electronic and mechanical assembly, stained-glass work, automotive soldering, electrical wiring, sheet-metal and gutter soldering and jewelry assembly.
Find current job openings in soldering by visiting Indeed.com, or HotGigs.com or JuJu.com (see Resources below). You may need to apply to a number of companies before you get a positive response, so don't hesitate to send your resume for every job that interests you.
Make sure that you always perform soldering jobs on a flat, fireproof surface. When performing soldering jobs, make sure that the material is completely clean, as soldering will not work properly on dirty metal surfaces. Get involved with a union. A union may be able to help you secure better pay, benefits and working conditions.
Soldering jobs can be very dangerous because you are working with heat and sharp tools. Always use extreme caution.