General Description:

Welds together metal components of products, such as round pipe, square tube and flat material, as specified by layout, blueprints, diagram, work order, welding procedures, or oral instructions, using electric arc-welding equipment. Fabrication involves laying out, cutting, fitting, measuring and welding metals to create the desired shape or object. This is highly detailed work and requires knowledgeable of many techniques and tools.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Strikes arc which generates heat to melt and deposit metal from electrode to workpiece and join edges of workpiece
  • Manually guides electrode or gun along weld line, maintaining length of arc and speed of movement to form specified depth of fusion and bead, as judged from color of metal, sound of weld, and size of molten puddle
  • Welds in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead positions
  • Examines weld for bead size and other specifications
  • May manually apply filler rod to supply weld metal
  • May clean or degrease weld joint or workpiece, using wire brush, portable grinder, or chemical bath
  • May repair broken or cracked parts and fill holes
  • May prepare broken parts for welding by grooving or scarfing surfaces
  • May chip off excess weld, slag, and spatter, using hand scraper or power chipper
  • May preheat workpiece, using hand torch or heating furnace
  • May position and clamp workpieces together or assemble them in jig or fixture
  • May tack assemblies together
  • May cut metal plates or structural shapes
  • May be designated according to type of equipment used as Welder, Carbon Arc; Welder, Flux-Cored Arc; Welder, Gas-Metal Arc; Welder, Gas-Tungsten Arc; Welder, Hand, Submerged Arc; Welder, Plasma Arc; Welder, Shielded-Metal Arc.
  • May operate other machine shop equipment to prepare components for welding
  • Important variations include types of metals welded, subprocesses used, trade name of equipment used, work site, method of application, high-production or custom, level of ambidexterity required, type of joints welded
  • Inspects finished workpiece for conformance to specifications
  • May be required to pass employer performance tests or standard tests to meet certification standards of governmental agencies or professional and technical associations
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and/or Experience: 

  • High School degree or GED equivalent

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to use variety of tools and equipment
  • Basic math skills and mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to read blueprints and recognize welding symbols and specifications
  • Knowledge of industry safety practices
  • Knowledge of specific welding processes, such as TIG, MIG and ARC
  • Ability to use heavy machinery, such as forklifts and cranes

1st shift: 5:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Thursday

2nd shift 4:30 pm – 3:00 am, Monday – Thursday