Welder

Posted: 09/12/2022

SUMMARY: Our welders weld tubular, solid & galvanized steel stock in various sizes and shapes, and aluminum tubular & solid stock in various sizes and shapes.  These pieces are cut & formed into furniture parts and sub-assemblies to make chairs, tables, fire pits, sofas, etc and are welded using TIG or MIG welding machines.  The welder will be expected to place the parts or sub-assemblies from a stack, typically on a pallet, into various custom jigs, weld the item and remove the finished welded item and stack the welded part or subassembly or place the finished item just outside the welding booth, sometimes back on a pallet for movement to another welding booth.  The welder must be able to adjust the welding machine settings in order to maintain the proper weld temperature in order to achieve the proper weld penetration for the required material(s) being welded.  Because we manufacture furniture, structural integrity is very important but the visual appearance of the welds are also very important.  The better the quality of the weld, the greater the reduction in grinding time, which is extremely important.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Weld steel solid stock, galvanized stock, flat stock, tubing, U channel, sheet metal & expanded metal materials in various sizes and shapes in the process of manufacturing high end, outdoor, casual furniture.
  • Weld aluminum solid stock, flat stock and tubing materials in various sizes and shapes in the process of manufacturing high end, outdoor, casual furniture.
  • Welders are expected to set their welding machine and keep the proper settings in order to make quality welds that will maintain the desired structural integrity and require minimum grinding in order to achieve the desired look.
  • Welders are expected to maintain the proper gas mixture at the proper flow rate to maximize weld penetration and minimize porosity & the creation of pin holes.
  • Welders are expected to fit parts in jigs properly so the item being welded is make correctly.
  • Parts that do not fit properly into a jig need to be reported to the welding assistant or their supervisor so the necessary corrections can be made to either the parts or the jig, depending which is not correct.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS:

  • Must be physically able to lift 50lbs. using proper lifting technique.
  • Must be able to perform job in a standing position for length of shift, typically 8 hours with the possibility of some over time, approx. 2 hours at a time.
  • Must be able to use an approx.1 lb. hammer.
  • Must be able to set & release clamps similar to
  • Follow directions and be able to take verbal directions.
  • The welding position is semi-strenuous work requiring good vision, lifting, stooping, kneeling, bending, reaching, pulling, tugging, standing and walking from one workstation to another.
  • All safety procedures must be followed and personal protective equipment worn properly.

Safety and Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Employee will get help when lifting any items over 50lbs or are large & bulky.
  • You will be trained to use proper lifting technique and turning procedures using your legs and not your back.
  • Do not use any machinery you have not been trained to safely operate.
  • You must wear a welding helmet with the proper shade of welding lens.
  • Double eye protection consisting of Safety Glasses and a Face Shield MUST be worn when grinding if the welder is not wearing their welding helmet.
  • Hearing protection MUST be worn properly at all times in all designated areas, Parts, Welding, Grinding and True-Up work centers.
  • DO NOT look at the welding arc without some type of proper visual protection, because any exposure to the weld arc can cause eye damage. Always view any welding operation through a protective curtain or with the appropriate shade of safety glasses suitable to view welding arc.
  • It is recommended that welders wear a welding respirator when welding and a standard dust respirator when grinding. Avoid directly breathing in the welding fumes because welding fumes can contain substances, which may be hazardous to your health.  A safety data sheet is on file in the office and copies are available at your request.
  • You must wear a rubber sole, leather type work shoe (no sneakers). Full length work type pants and a long sleeve work type shirt.  Forearms protectors (or) suitable welding jacket (or) welding apron and sleeves (no sleeveless shirts permitted) and welding gloves are required.

Other duties as required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.

QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily in accordance with established standards and quality. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to speak and read either English or Spanish, both is preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Basic addition and subtraction.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written and oral form.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Regular use of hands and fine manipulation of fingers, handle, grip and reach with hands and arms (waist level).  Must be able to lift, move, carry, push and pull up to 50 lbs.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics are typical of a semi industrial/industrial work environment and are typical of those an employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

There is occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts.  There is exposure to cold or hot seasonal weather.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate and comparable to a semi industrial/industrial work environment. Some welding fumes exist.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE: Experience with TIG and/or MIG welding and the ability to weld thin wall tubing to thick solid stock while maintaining the appropriate settings on the welding machine to achieve the proper temperature & penetration weld.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: None.

BENEFITS/COMPANY

BENEFITS: OW Lee offers the following benefits to their employees after probation period:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision including HSA/HMO/PPO Health Care Plans.
  • $15,000 Life insurance at no cost to the employee with the option to purchase additional insurance for them and family at low rates.
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Vacation & Sick Pay
  • 10 Paid Holidays

COMPENSATION

Competitive wages based on experience.