Overview

This posting is open to all candidates with relevant experience. The position level offered to the candidate chosen will be based on experience – Apprentice, I or II.

POSITION TITLE: SYSTEM WELDER (APPRENTICE, I OR II)

POSITION ID NUMBER: 7300, 7303, 8092

DEPARTMENT: OPERATIONS

REPORTS TO: MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR

BASE STARTING PAY: $16.41/HR (APPRENTICE) to $20.94/HR (WELDER II) (BASED ON EXPERIENCE)

FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT HOURLY

KEYWORDS : WELDER, PIPELINE, PIPEFITTER, OPERATIONS, NATURAL GAS

Job Summary: Applies basic to intermediate level knowledge of welding and fabrication practices with direct to limited supervision. This position will assist in the essential functions and responsibilities to be able to complete them with direct to limited supervision. Performs electric and plastic welding on gas distribution and transmission systems and pipelines.

Incumbents in this position will be held to the District’s Gold Standard for Customer Service.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Applies basic to intermediate level knowledge of welding, fabrication, tapping, and stopping practices with limited supervision to conduct electric and plastic welding used in the construction and maintenance of gas distribution, high pressure and transmission systems.
  • Performs fabrication, tapping and stopping utilizing equipment and techniques in the construction and maintenance of gas distribution, high pressure and transmission pipelines.
  • Determines work to be done through verbal instructions, work orders, blueprints, sketches, drawings, and specifications.
  • Determine welding techniques to be used and selects proper materials such as size and type of welding electrode rods.
  • Performs maintenance on distribution, high pressure and transmission systems including pipelines, regulator stations, repairing gas leaks, and making taps & stops.
  • Installs service lines and main extensions and ties into existing systems.
  • Operates a gasoline powered welding machine. May also operate heavy equipment such as excavator, forklift, and trucks.
  • Cuts various metals using acetylene torches, hoses, and tanks.
  • Must maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the current Okaloosa Gas District Welding manual including the normative references, codes & standards, and specifications.
  • Other miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

The preceding is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. The principal duties and responsibilities enumerated are essential job functions of this position.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Apprentice:

High School plus zero to one years of experience.

Welder I:

High School plus one to five years of experience.

Welder II:

High School plus two to five years of experience.

In addition

API 1104 Certified Welder by the Okaloosa Gas Welding Procedures (Maintain Annually)

Plastic welding, tapping and stopping Certification/Operator Qualification (Maintain Annually)

ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES:

  • Knowledge of OSHA safety standards and other pertinent local, state and/or federal regulations regarding pipeline installation and maintenance for natural gas transmission and distribution pipeline systems.
  • Good interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the public and with other craftsmen.
  • A strong mechanical aptitude is essential.
  • Displayed ability in mathematics, specifically knowledge to utilize piping math to determine correct pipe run offsets; installation and maintenance of valves, meters, gauges, and other natural gas peripheral piping devices.
  • Proven basic skills to identify grades and types of pipe, knowledge in use of relevant tools of the trade, and awareness of safe loading/unloading of materials.
  • Understanding of the principles, methods, equipment and materials used in natural gas utility transmission and distribution pipeline maintenance, repair and service work.
  • This position requires knowledge and task evaluation as determined by Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration rule CFR 49, Part 192; Subpart N: Operator Qualifications (OQ).

TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Maintenance of API 1104 welding certification by the Okaloosa Gas District Welding procedures.
  • Full competency in Low Stress Level Pipe welding, tapping and stopping with Operator Qualifications.
  • Full competency in plastic welding, tapping and stopping with Certification/Operator Qualification.
  • Full competency High Pressure/Transmission Pipe welding, tapping and stopping and completion of Operator Qualification
  • Must possess and maintain valid Florida driver’s license and a driving record satisfactory to the District and its insurers or obtain within 1 year.
  • Maintain forklift operator certification.
  • Requires documented experience in performing electric arc welding.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of a variety of welding procedures and methods and techniques used in accomplishing various kinds of welding.
  • Must be aware of hazards and safety measures related to installing and repairing natural gas systems.
  • Must have the ability to read blueprints, specifications and other written guidelines.
  • Displayed knowledge and understanding of safety requirements by wearing personal protective equipment, safety glasses, shoes and gloves as detailed in District and regulatory requirements; in general demonstrates a safety focused attitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to work to measure and cut and thread pipes (by hand or machine).
  • Skills to operate hand and power tools and to test instruments and applicable equipment and to maintain/return in good condition.
  • Must be able to read and interpret schematic drawings, prints, or blueprints; knowledge and experience with pneumatics and hydraulics.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS:

  • Regular attendance is an essential function of the position.
  • Must be appropriately dressed in a clean and neat District authorized/approved uniform during work hours.
  • May be required to work overtime with little notice. Subject to work other shifts.
  • Physical Effort: Requires standing, walking, bending, reaching, squatting and heavy lifting.
  • Work Environment: The work environment involves extremely high risks with exposure to potentially life threatening situations or unusual environmental stress that requires a full range of safety and other precautions, but in some cases, these precautions cannot prevent injury, illness, or possibly death.
  • Drug Testing for Illegal Drugs: Employees in this classification will be subject to undergo testing for illegal drugs in accordance with DOT Pipeline Safety Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49 (49CFR), Part 199.

BENEFITS:

Okaloosa Gas Districts offers a competitive benefits package,including:

Medical, Dental, Vision, Medical Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Life insurance, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, AFLAC supplemental insurance, Air Ambulance insurance, Pet insurance, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, 10 Paid Holidays, 401(a) Retirement, and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan.

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact 850-729-4700 or [email protected] for assistance.