Welder 1st Class – 1st shift

10 May 2024

REQ #: 14781 & 14786

Welder 1st Class Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Use manual, semi-automatic, flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products
  • Perform (with training) Mechanized welding, cutting, and gouging processes as required by the work activity
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits
  • Weld components in 2G, 3G, 4G and 6G positions in a minimum of 6 processes. Interpret a NAVSEA approved WPS (weld procedure specification)
  • Use fillet weld gauges, V-WAC gauge, bridge cam gauge for first in line quality checks as welds are completed, according to the correct NAVSEA fabrication document
  • Set up or program power supplies with the ability to identify correct support gear needed for any weld process necessary to complete work activity
  • Proficient in oxy/fuel cutting, plasma cutting and CAC-A (carbon arc air) cutting, gouging, and scarfing of welds and beveling plates
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind and/or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding
  • Detect and troubleshoot faulty operation of equipment and/or defective materials and fix as required then notify management if replacement equipment is needed
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to join weldments, using processes such as GTAW, GMAW, FCAW, GMAW-P, GMAW-S, SMAW, SAW, Mechanized processes, and ability to set up stud welding gun consistently using any combination of at least 6 processes
  • Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material
  • Examine work pieces for defects, and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with NAVSEA specifications
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as angle grinders, die grinders and needle scalers
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers
  • Knowledge, ability, and proficiency in Fitting
  • Ability to work consistently with employees and assign daily assignments and coordinate directly with a general foreman or production manager to maintain delivery of scheduled project milestones
  • Expertly follows WPS to ensure proper mil-cert filler wire and base metals are used in accordance with the work activity to ensure NAVSEA specifications are properly met
  • Ensure that level one material control requirements are followed in accordance with the applicable QSPM documents
  • Perform all duties on an expert and professional level while being able to mentor 2nd and 3rd class welders to minimize rework and maintain on-time and first-time quality
  • Perform work outside of trade when required
  • Proficient in mirror welding


  • Work Experience: Minimum 5+ years related welding experience, or accredited Apprenticeship Program graduate or Journeyman Certificate accepted in lieu of work experience
  • Ability to weld PQR plates to qualify the company for new processes
  • Ability to be certified to the company’s Level 2 VT NDT procedures
  • Candidate must have prior experience and qualification in accordance with applicable NAVSEA documents
  • Knowledge of a wide range of welding principles, processes, and techniques requiring correct weld joint identification in accordance with MIL-22D or AWS D1.1, and the ability to identify and correct weld defects prior to an NDT inspector showing up on site providing acceptable and constant first-time quality
  • Ability to interpret weld symbols and identify necessary weld sizes and joint configuration
  • Ability to maintain dimensions and tolerances to specifications
  • Ability to weld dissimilar metals
  • Ability to weld parts and structures that vary in size, shape, and thickness
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain access to assigned military/government installations as required for work activity
  • Preferred Qualifications: weld certifications in multiple processes as required per division needs
  • Certification and experience as a forklift and man-lift operator

Fairlead Integrated, LLC. and its subsidiaries are proud to be Equal Employ Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers (Minority / Female / Disability / Veterans).