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Welder Lead Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs complex and precision welding techniques in the design, fabrication, joining and repair of space age metals, scientific and research components.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Welder classification in that incumbents are certified welders with a broader base of welding expertise who are proficient in the design, fabrication, joining and/or repair of space age metals, scientific and research components. The Welder, Lead may coordinate the work activities of less experienced trades personnel performing welding activities. Incumbents are called upon to lift and carry heavy objects, and work under conditions of restricted movement, air contamination, intense noise and hazardous materials.

Examples of Duties:

  • Designs, fabricates, joins and/or repairs space age metals, scientific and research components using oxygen-acetylene, electric arc, MIG and TIG welding techniques.
  • Welds in controlled atmospheres, plasma welds and cuts.
  • Welds high vacuum and high pressure systems.
  • Heat treats and thermosprays equipment, fixtures and various types of metal objects and structures.
  • Operates drill presses, power saws, grinders, positioners and a variety of welding equipment and hand tools. May also perform minor operations on metal lathes and milling machines.
  • Analyzes plans, drawings, work samples, specifications and work orders to determine work requirements, sequence of welding assignments, and personnel needs. Works closely with researchers in the design and adaptation of research components.
  • Estimates material and labor needs on jobs.
  • Manages welding supply and material needs.
  • Coordinates activities of employees in the welding area.
  • Performs basic non-destructive inspection techniques.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable codes.
  • Knowledge of welding techniques (oxygen-acetylene, electric arc, MIG, TIG, controlled atmosphere, and plasma cutting), tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of non-destructive inspection techniques.
  • Skill in the fabrication, joining and repair of a variety of metal objects, equipment, fixtures and structures.
  • Skill in heat treating and thermospraying.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), or Military Standards (MIL)-T 1595 certification relevant to type of welding performed; AND, Eight years of welding experience; OR, Completion of an accredited four year welder's training program AND four years of welding experience; OR, Completion of an accredited two year welder's training program AND six years of welding experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources. Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment.


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