Performs more complex journeyman level work of the welder trade to include welding repairs, fabrications, and modifications on a variety of equipment and structures. Welds, cuts, solders, and brazes a variety of equipment and structures in the shop and at field sites. Operates acetylene and electrical welding equipment, band saws, sanders, hydraulic presses, pipe traders, and various hand tools to prepare work pieces. Heats, bends and straightens work pieces. Performs bead welding, tack welding, brazing, flame cutting, heat treating, plasma cutting, chipping or grinding off excess weld slag or spatter. Cleans chips and grinds cracks and joints in work pieces, using solvents, wire brush, chisel and portable grinders. Reviews and interprets blue prints in order to fabricate materials for required specifications. Sets up and adjusts welding equipment. Drives a vehicle to and from work locations and keeps vehicle supplied with tools and materials. Leads and participates in the work of other journeymen and apprentices involved in welding tasks. Exercises safety in dealing with equipment and hazardous welding by-products. Participates in safety trainings. Maintains stock inventory of welding supplies and materials. Keeps minor records and performs simple administrative tasks. Performs other related duties as required.Illustrative Duties
- Welds and brazes metal to repair broken or cracked objects or to fabricate new parts and equipment;
- Uses acetylene, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes;
- Works with steel, aluminum, brass and cast iron and may perform soldering;
- Performs lay-outs and sketches required in the execution of projects;
- Measures, cuts metal stock to size, cleans, assembles or positions work pieces;
- Sets up and adjusts welding equipment, and performs bead welding, tack welding, brazing, flame cutting, heat treating, plasma cutting, chipping or grinding off excess weld slag or spatter;
- Reviews and interprets blue prints in order to fabricate materials for required specifications;
- Welds pipe and pressure vessels such as boilers, headers, and hot water storage tanks;
- Drives a vehicle to and from work locations and keeps vehicle supplied with tools and materials;
- Performs preventative maintenance and emergency repair on equipment and operator
- maintenance on vehicle;
- Maintain stock inventory of welding supplies and materials;
- Maintains records and processes reports of work accomplished and materials used;
- Prevents and mitigates any environmental impact associated with mechanical/welding activities, accidents or emergency situations;
- Instruct trades helpers and/or apprentice welders;
- Exercises safety in dealing with hazardous welding by-products and participates in safety training;
- Engages in safe working practices and complies with safety programs and guidelines;
- Reports and monitors unsafe working conditions;
- Complies with safety competencies.
- Considerable knowledge of the equipment, materials, methods, practices, and tools used in the welding trade;
- Thorough knowledge of standard operating procedures, training manuals and safety requirements;
- Knowledge of mechanics and hydraulics;
- Working knowledge of occupational hazards, applicable safety practices and emergency response procedures;
- Thorough knowledge of chemicals and their associated hazards, personal protective equipment required, safety precautions and emergency treatment;
- Knowledge of acetylene and electrical welding equipment Working knowledge of local, state and national codes;
- Ability to use precision measurement tools, hand and power tools, equipment, and materials pertinent to the trade;
- Ability to fully plan and perform work of the trade;
- Ability to follow written and oral instructions, diagrams, blueprints and manufacturers' and repair manuals;
- Ability to estimate time and material needs, determine when repair is not economically practical, And to perform routine clerical tasks and arithmetical computations;
- Ability to comprehend and comply to safety practices;
- Ability to maintain good interpersonal relationships.
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to completion of the tenth grade, supplemented by (1) completion of an acceptable apprentice-level training program with some successful experience in performing journeyman-level work, or (2) varied and responsible journeyman-level experience in the welding trade, or which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities; plus two years of experience as journey-level welder using various welding methods.
The ideal candidates possesses the following:
- A strong team player who can work independently or as a team when required. Takes direction cooperatively, always working for the good of the whole.
- Excellent attendance habits.
- Experience with preventative maintenance.
- Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Possession of a valid driver's license.
All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, kneel, crouch, reach, crawl, lift, and handle materials with manual dexterity. Ability to pass a standard Fairfax County medical examination. Ability to lift 50 pounds. with or without assistance.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Is required to complete criminal background check, pre-employment physical, and driving record check. Note: Solid Waste operates a 7 day per week operation with early and late shifts, to include alternate schedules. Overtime, weekend and holiday work is required. Position is designated as "Essential Emergency Services Personnel" per PM 31.
Panel Interview, may include a practical exercise.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.