We need Robotic Welder Operators to set up and operate the highly technical, computer-controlled machines that help a mine run. Robotic welders are integral machines in a mine and their operators use them to complete complicated machine functions on a variety of steel products. Robotic Welder Operators maintain, operate and fix these machines as needed and created welded steel parts to precise specifications.

What is it like to work as a Robotic Welder Operator in mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Robotic Welder Operators are responsible for supporting automated welding systems used to meet production requirements of a mine’s day-to-day operation. They already have working experience in robot programming software, basic machining and fabrication and the daily scheduling involved in specific welding work. They are physically fit, analytical thinkers and mechanically inclined problem solvers.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Robotic Welder Operators are passionate about the intricacies of automation and are fulfilled by detail-oriented tasks. They are problem solvers who feel inspired by the day-to-day challenges faced by the engineering and maintenance sectors of a mine. They are attracted by the responsibility of supporting automated welding systems used to meet production requirements.

Job Description

  • Set up and operate robotic welding equipment to achieve desired results
  • Program robotic welders and developing parameters and schedules for production
  • Interpret machine program specifications or blueprints
  • Use hand tools and precision measuring instruments to mount, install, align and secure attachments and fixtures on assigned machines
  • Load and unload machine parts manually or with hoists, depending on weight and size
  • Follow technical diagram instructions while welding
  • Perform inspection checks of all welds to ensure quality assurance
  • Modify cutting parameters and schedules as needed to avoid or resolve issues
  • Monitor machine operation and diagnosing problems that require fixing or troubleshooting
  • Improve existing robotics and other machinery
  • Maintain a working relationship with suppliers to source replacement parts and new equipment as needed
  • Ensure work completed complies with the appropriate and applicable standards
  • Follow safety policies, procedures and instructions as outlined by the employer’s and regulatory bodies’ safety guidelines and procedures and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while keeping a safe work area




(Source: online job ads in Canada, 2021)

Job Prospect

Opportunities in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Identifies issues and priorities, and solves problems with a positive attitude
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Pays attention to details
  • Strong time management and prioritizing skills
  • Works well under pressure and with others
  • Performs work with a high level of accuracy
  • Strong mathematical and mechanical aptitude
  • Understands and respects safety procedures, regulations and legislation
  • Understands complex instructions and schematics

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and does not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Trade course or other formal training in welding
  • Experience in robot programming software
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety standards
  • Knowledge in use measuring tools (e.g., tape measure, dial caliper)
  • Knowledge of basic machining and fabrication
  • Able to read manufacturing prints and shop drawings
  • Physically fit and mobile
    • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Proficiency in language of operation


  • Able to lift heavy items (20 lbs or more)
  • Able to perform repetitive tasks while standing


  • Two years of experience in mining operation


  • Trade course or other formal training in welding
  • College or certification in a related field
  • Experience in a mine’s day-to-day operations and procedures
  • Experience in maintaining robotic weld cells
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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