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Combination Welder/Fitter - Job Overview

Summary: This is an advanced level position available at our TransTech Fabrication facility in McGregor, Texas.  

The combination welder/fitter is responsible for fitting and welding the components of Transtech Fabrication LLC products. Works with a limited supervision from a detailed specification that clearly spells out every requirement for the specific job. ASME Pressure Vessel specifications are extremely demanding because the pipe's contents can be flammable, caustic or under high pressure. The job requires each weld be completed to the specified standards using appropriate equipment and materials, while following the employer's recommended procedures. It's also important to observe applicable safety precautions, to minimize the risk of injury to the welder or other workers nearby. Many welders supervise a team of helpers or assistants and might also be responsible for training an apprentice welder on the job site

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Reads and interprets blueprints, including reading and interpreting GA’s, flowcharts and spool drawings
  • Capable of structural layout
  • Works with different types and sizes of materials
  • Positions fit pipe
  • Safely operates iron worker, overhead cranes, rigging, pipe threading machine, welding machine, tube bending machine, and various pneumatic hand tools
  • Assembly of components with some fabrication of equipment needed for the job with minimal supervision
  • Decides when spooling where to leave field welds, when to put couplings in pipe, and where to brace pipe on skid
  • Works well with other departments on location of tie-in points for instrument and auxiliary pipe
  • Primarily fabricates and/or assembles guards, platforms, and any other structure required
  • Uses metal core MIG, flux core, sub-arc or stick welding process (must pass GMAW metal and flux core test)
  • Ability to pass applicable test(s) and applicable Non Destructive Exam
  • May weld brackets and braces and use grinders. May position pieces to be welded into jigs, holding fixtures, guides and steps using measuring instruments and hand tools. May perform position welds on code materials
  • Quality of weld is sufficient to pass X-ray, Phased Array and ultrasound test welds with minimum rework
  • Proficient in flame and plasma cutting torches and automated equipment
  • Must be able to operates basic cutting equipment
  • Promotes and supports safety, production and positive attitude
  • Must be able to work with the team in developing improved work processes for the department

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum three to six years related experience and/or training
  • Certification to weld on pipe or plate
  • Must pass a 3G welding test in order to be able to tack weld vessels together and for structural welding

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Welding school or on the job training
  • Must have experience operating other shop equipment (e.g., overhead crane, hand tools)
  • Must have knowledge of different types and sizes of structural materials
  • Must have knowledge of butt weld fittings
  • Knowledge of different types and sizes of pipe, structural and vessel materials

Physical Strain:

  • Standard requirements.  Bending, squatting, climbing, stooping, twisting and reaching will all be required occasionally in this position
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Lifting 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds
  • May be required to work at heights of up to 25 feet
  • Must meet all OSHA regulations 

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