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Research Welder Duties

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This is highly advanced work at the journeyman level in the fabrication of specialized research equipment. An employee in this class is responsible for collaborating with faculty and research personnel in determining the design and construction of particular research equipment. Work is performed with considerable independence.


Makes metal parts and prepares the parts for welding; makes jigs and fixtures to hold complex weld assemblies; repairs instrument parts.

Welds and brazes a variety of metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, brass, gold, silver, and platinum.

Uses a variety of welding methods such as electric arc, tungsten, inert gas, plasma, laser and electron beam.

Performs special metal treatment processes such as annealing, hardening, passivating, and electroplating.

Pressure-treats high and low pressure systems.

Checks for helium leaks in high vacuum systems.

Maintains and repairs welding shop equipment; keeps up shop supplies; repairs specialized laboratory equipment.

Performs related duties as required.

Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school and considerable experience at the journeyman welder level; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of standard welding and brazing methods and equipment.

Considerable knowledge of the properties of metal and alloys.

Skill in the use and care of welding tools and equipment.

Skill in performing intricate welds and brazing of minute parts.

Ability to design and fabricate special components and instruments for research.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.



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