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Welding Foreman Duties

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Performs skilled supervisory work in directing the work of subordinate craftsmen involved in the following: welding; pipe insulation; steam system operation installation; maintenance and repair; pump maintenance and repair and metal machining.

This individual is responsible for assigning tasks among subordinates and personally participating in the more difficult tasks. Work assignments are received in the form of instructions, sometimes accompanied by drawings or broken parts. An employee of this class has full responsibility for deciding work methods and other technical matters. Prepares cost estimates and estimates of labor and material. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed during and at the completion of projects.


Plans, assigns, schedules, and supervises the work of skilled and trades helper subordinates on pump repairs, machinework, welding, cutting, brazing, steam fitting, and pipe insulation repair and installation projects.

Supervises the installation, repair, and maintenance of the university steam distribution lines.

Lays out and supervises the cutting and fitting of material in preparation for welding.

Maintains and makes repairs to welding equipment.

Prepares cost estimates of labor and material; orders supplies, material, and equipment.

Prepares routine work and time reports and maintains standard records.

Recruits and trains subordinate personnel; establishes safety and work performance standards.

Performs related work as required.


High school diploma or GED; 5 years of related experience including supervisory or lead experience and considerable experience as a journeyman welder or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the standard tools, equipment, materials, methods, and practices of the trades commensurate to assigned duties.

Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the welding, steam fitting, and insulation trades.

Considerable knowledge of the properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals encountered in welding tasks.

Ability to supervise the work of subordinate journeymen and helpers.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel of other departments.

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

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.

Skill in the use and care of tools and equipment used on work assignments.



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