Welder Fabricator - Richland, WA

Employer: Columbia Energy

Job Description:

Company Overview:

Columbia Energy & Environmental Services, Inc. (Columbia Energy) has been in business for over 30 years. We began as an engineering firm in support of nuclear cleanup operations for the U.S. Department of Energy at Hanford in Richland, Washington. We have progressively grown from our origins into a full-service engineering and fabrication company providing cost-effective solutions in the nuclear, defense, energy, and hazardous waste industries.

We are an established, woman-owned small business headquartered in Richland, Washington. We offer full-service engineering, design, fabrication, instrumentation and controls, electrical, database and software engineering, technology development, and geophysics/subsurface imaging. We also have facilities in Tucson, Arizona and Aiken, South Carolina. We are presently licensed to provide engineering within the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and South Carolina.

We are currently hiring one full time permanent Welder/Fabricator to join our growing team! We offer competitive wages, great benefits and a positive work environment.

Job Summary:
The Welder/Fabricator role entails reading and interpreting blueprints and engineering plans. The position uses blueprints along with other data, such as work plans, to develop and design their welding projects and must be able to calculate correct weld sequence to minimize or eliminate any warpage due to heat input. The Welder/Fabricator will also layout, cut, fit, prep, tack, and weld components together to meet drawing specifications and requirements using the specified weld procedures dictated in the Fabrication, Inspection, and Test plan for each individual job. This role is responsible for ensuring their completed components safely meet or exceed drawing configurations and tolerances.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

Perform welding on critical and support equipment to a qualified Welding Procedure Specification (WPS). Perform structural welding on parts and components per the requirements of various specifications as prescribed by Project Travelers, Engineering Drawings, and Work Orders
Perform all duties in a safe and professional manner and in accordance with established Company policies and procedures
Read and understand engineering drawings and welding symbols
Fabricate and weld parts in accordance with Project documentation independently, without need of direct supervision 
Sufficient working knowledge of materials to determine the proper WPS to use and the ability to select the correct filler metal and gas for a given WPS
Determine the proper sequence of welding in order to prevent or reduce the amount of warpage to the work piece
Design and fabricate weld fixtures as necessary to perform individual welding projects
Maintain weld records
Fabrication: cut, grind, drill, tap, shear, bend, roll, and fit-up
Welding: perform welding operations in accordance with WPS’s for processes such as FCAW, GMAW, GTAW, and SMAW as required. Including pre and post weld heating operations as specified in WPS’s as applicable
Assembly: assemble basic mechanical equipment, structural components, and piping systems.
Perform self-verification of welded parts and assemblies before inspection to ensure quality of work performed meets or exceeds acceptance criteria
Interface with QA/QC personnel
Report unsafe conditions and unsafe equipment
Develop templates and other work aids to hold and align parts
Measure work pieces to determine accuracy and acceptability per given requirements
Removes burrs, sharp edges, rust, or scale from work piece
Ensure that all documentation is correctly filled out and kept current as work progresses
Keep a clean and organized work area

Required Qualifications:

5+ years’ experience with a list of welding qualifications; OR a combination of 2+ years’ experience and an Associates of Applied Sciences in Welding Technology or equivalent.
Ability to pass a Columbia Energy weld test.
Ability to operate tools, machinery, and vehicles safely.
Ability to read, write and comprehend both verbal communications and written directions.
Ability to perform arithmetic as required for layout and fabrication i.e. add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals, solve for missing angles or sides of a triangle, etc.
Ability to travel to field sites when necessary.
Must pass an employment record, criminal background check and a drug screen (drug and alcohol free workplace).

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in R&D or Prototype fabrication.
Experience working to a NQA-1 or ASME Section VIII program.
Experience reading and working to drawings.
Experience performing welds subjected to testing such as UT and RT.
Ability to weld pipe, sheet metal, and structural steel.
Must have a valid drivers’ license and possess a clean driving record.

Key Success Attributes:

Strong attention to detail
Team Player
Positive attitude that contributes to a positive work environment
Maintain a quick and steady pace throughout your work shift
Highly motivated self-starter with ability to perform well with varying degrees of supervision

Core Competencies:

Consistency and Reliability
Trustworthiness and Ethics
Meeting Standards


Generous compensation plan
Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
Company Paid Life Insurance
Tuition Reimbursement
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Paid Holidays
401K Plan

Physical Requirements:

Employee will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting.
Will talk and hear to communicate. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, pull: objects, materials, controls and tools repetitively. May be required to lift, carry and move up to 50lbs.
Will work at heights, climb ladders and stairways, work off of platforms and man lifts, and may occasionally work out on an open structure using the appropriate fall protection requirements.
Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and leather work boots.
Will be required to work in hot/cold/damp environments.

Working Conditions while Performing Essential Functions:

This position is performed in a shop/construction/field setting with occasional relocations to projects, Vendors, and Industrial sites. The atmosphere is fast paced and deadline oriented with focus on safety and quality. 

Columbia Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal and state law.

Contact Person:
Location: Richland, WA
Application Method: https://columbiaenergy.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=79
Base Pay: DOQ

Posted on June 29, 2021

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