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This is work at the journeyman level in the use of acetylene and electric welding equipment.

Work involves responsibility for the application of trade skills to a wide variety of welding, brazing, and metal cutting jobs on ferrous and nonferrous metals. The employee of this class exercises independent judgment as to methods used. Work assignments are received from a superior, orally and in writing. Work may be checked while in progress as swell as upon completion.


Preheats and cleans metals; lays out, cuts, and fits materials for welding; selects proper welding heat and proper type and size of electrodes for correct penetration and strength of welded metals.

Does cutting and welding on such machinery and equipment as truck and automobile bodies, piping, pump and engine parts, trailer parts, heavy construction equipment and parts, and similar machinery and apparatus.

Does flat, vertical, and horizontal welding; brazes, solders, and coats nonferrous metals; inspects, brushes, and grinds welds.

Drives truck and tows portable welder and acetylene burning-welding equipment to outside construction jobs.

Cuts down boilers and ties on to steam lines; repairs and installs pumps; repairs and installs dishwashers and garbage disposers.

Does blacksmithing, such as manufacturing eye bolts, braces, angle brackets, and similar items; adds metal to tools and parts.

Maintains and makes minor repairs to welding equipment.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard vocational or high school and experience as a journeyman welder; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, and materials of the welders trade.

Considerable knowledge of the properties of ferrous and nonferrous metals encountered in welding work.

Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to read and work from simple sketches, diagrams, and broken parts.

Skill in the use and care of the tools and equipment common to the welding trade.



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