CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 434
Established: 09/75
Revised: 07/94
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 7

WELDER/FABRICATOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to fabricate and repair metal components of automotive vehicles, road construction equipment and other machinery; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Transportation Maintenance Division within the Department of Transportation and Development maintains the County's roads, bridges, culverts, and buildings and equipment related to road and ferry operations.  The Equipment Section is responsible for projects and activities related to the maintenance and repair of County vehicles, machinery and road construction equipment.

The Welder/Fabricator performs skilled metal cutting, welding and milling work on ferrous and nonferrous metals as specified by blueprints or other instructions.

The Welder/Fabricator differs from the Bridge Maintenance Worker which performs welding on steel bridge structures.  It also differs from the Mechanic which performs limited welding on vehicle and equipment repair projects.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

1. Repairs or replaces defective or damaged metal parts; designs, lays out and fits metal parts according to specifications; preheats and cleans metal; cuts and welds light, heavy gauge and hardened metals; disassembles and assembles vehicles, equipment and other metal machinery.
 
2. Fabricates special parts, pieces or tools for repair work; designs items from sketches, specifications or old parts.
 
3. Determines amounts and specification of metal needed for projects; orders and maintains inventory of metal used in machine shop operations.
 
4. Performs lathe and milling work requiring close tolerances, such as bushings, shafts, threads and tooling.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: Methods, materials, tools and practices of the welding and metal fabrication trades; design and layout techniques; basic metallurgy, including the properties of ferrous and nonferrous metals; occupational hazards and safety practices in a machine shop environment; customer service techniques.

 
Skill to: Safely operate and maintain acetylene, arc, heliarc and wire welding equipment; select proper welding heat and electrodes for correct penetration and strength of welded materials; weld stainless, aluminum, galvanized; hard face wearing surfaces; interpret and work from sketches, diagrams and blueprints; identify metal types; safely operate and maintain machine shop equipment, including power bender, presses, nibbler, forge, lathe, milling machine, dual grinder and reamer; select appropriate set speeds and feeds for proper metal cutting and machining; estimate time and material required for projects; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties involve frequent, stooping, reaching, repetitive hand motions, bending, kneeling, precision hand work and the ability to push, lift, pull and carry objects.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Road operations positions require possession of valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) within 1 year of hire.  Incumbents must possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test (DOT Regulations for CDL).

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment.  Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 03/13