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[[caption-width-right:350:He's either welding midair or a tiny piece of wire. But he ''is'' building something, isn't he?]]

What's the easiest way to show your characters hard at work fixing/repairing/building something? Show them welding, of course! Also, it will always be showy, sparky, ''manly'' welding, using electric arcs or oxyacetylene: Precision soldering irons are for wussies. The manly man at the right is cutting steel, probably ''before'' building something.

Can occur in a CreationSequence, HardWorkMontage, ATeamMontage, and maybe a ForgingScene.


* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, particularly ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', do this.
* The trailers for the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' show the USS ''Enterprise'' under construction, with lots of welding depicted.
** The viral marketing site for the film showed lots of welding and not much else.
* ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''
* ''Film/IronMan'' has a subversion, the only manual work Tony Stark is shown doing on his armor is precision soldering.
** ''Film/IronMan2'' has Whiplash welding in a scene.
* Makaela in ''{{Film/Transformers}} 2'' was welding while helping out in her father's workshop. Turns out to be ChekhovsGun; she later tortures a Decepticon with the blowtorch.
* ''Film/BladeTrilogy'':
** In ''Film/{{Blade}}'', Whistler is welding in his first appearance.
** Similarly in ''Film/BladeII'', Scud is shown welding in his workshop - on both instances, they're making weapons and equipment for Blade.
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' has Patrick welding in his metalwork class.
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' has the protagonists welding while building a car.
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' has Caractacus Potts welding as he's building Chitty.

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'' would have at least one scene every week of the Team hard at work building something out of scrap metal. Frequently, Mr T's character, B.A. Baracus, would be the one welding it all together.
* As part of the UsedFuture on ''Series/BabylonFive'', during the TitleSequence we see a worker welding, fixing something on the outside of the station.
* Often seen in the HardWorkMontage in ''Series/MissionImpossible'', with Barney usually being the one doing the welding.
* ''Series/TopGear'' tends to have sequences where the presenters are modifying a car and there's typically at least one shot of one of them welding.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Kaylee is seen welding while she and Wash are building the ambulance for the heist in "Ariel".
* Averted in several episodes of ''Series/{{Burn Notice}}'' where Michael and Fiona are seen soldering (usually bomb-related electronics).
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. Towards the end of the Xindi War arc the NX-01 Enterprise picked up heavy battle damage, so [[CastTheExpert set builders would be put in Starfleet uniform]] and do welding in the background of the actors.
* ''Series/AmericanChopper'' of course shows the whole bike building process from start to finish, although the producers still tend to include a lot of manly welding or grinding shots during montages and scene transitions.

[[folder: VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/CyberStorm'', some [[AMechByAnyOtherName HERCs]] are shown being worked on. Naturally, you can see the mechanics welding them.
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceEngineers'', all construction is performed by welding torches of varying sizes - from handheld devices up to large arrays mounted on ships.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', if you watch the [=SCVs=] closely you'll see that whether they are constructing or repairing, vehicles or buildings, all they ever do is weld. In fact, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the manual]], that's all they ''can'' do, since their only tool (or at least, the one that hurts the most when used as a weapon) is a "fusion cutter."
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The engineer update video.
* In ''VideoGame/ThemePark'', engineers repair rides seemingly by walking around them and welding in random spots.
* In ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' the Engineers use arc welding torches for ''everything''.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' has Samus use the Plasma Beam (and the Nova Beam once she gets that) to weld the wiring on circuit boards.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': While ork gretchin repair things via hammers and wrenches, the Bigmek is seen using his SwissArmyWeapon to weld things back into shape, lowering his welding mask-helmet for the occasion.
* ''VideoGame/Homeworld2'': The cutscene introducing the Shipyard shows huge mechanical waldos putting ship bulkheads into place and then welding them together to show off its construction. As well, Collector vessels tasked with repair will latch onto the sides of their repair targets and begin welding away with their utility claws.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4331 the trike feminists start welding as soon as they get the poles down.]]

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' will frequently show Homer welding while working on a project, especially if it is something that wouldn't need to be welded (such as a wooden go-kart).
** Once he actually welded something properly requiring such a tool without any mask, burning his eyeballs bright red.
* Sheldon has a couple welding shots in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' have had at least one.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' will always include Rico or Kowalski welding if something needs to be fixed.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "Peel of Fortune". There are flashes of arc welding from the garage and Daffy is shown wearing a welding mask just before he unveils his latest invention... [[ItsBeenDone sliced bread!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In "Chill of the Night!", a flashback to Batman's origin shows him using a welding torch to create his first batarang.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' episode, Sharky suffers a mishap with a lawnmower and has to go to the vet. He freaks and passes out when Dr. Elmo enters wearing a welder's mask and a huge power drill. It's doubly funny because Elmo had been building cabinets in the adjoining room, and that would be the wrong type of protective gear for woodworking.
* The ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' second intro shows Stark [[ForgingScene forging]] and welding.