Communications & Power Industries (CPI), headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems focused primarily on communications and defense markets. With a heritage of technological excellence that spans decades, CPI develops, manufactures and globally distributes innovative and reliable technology solutions used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals for commercial and military applications. CPI serves customers in the communications, defense, medical, industrial and scientific markets. The company has manufacturing locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and sales, service and engineering offices around the world.

This job is in a climate-controlled shop. CPI provides hearing and eye protection. CPI asks welders to provide their own helmets but provides all other welding equipment.


  • Welds metal components together with brazing and a variety of arc and gas welding equipment to fabricate or repair products such as machine parts, and plant equipment
  • Performs welding processes on aluminum and/or steel parts and assemblies to required tolerances using welding metals and metal alloys
  • Must be able to pass welding certification tests
  • Performs related tasks such as thermal cutting and grinding
  • Repairs broken or cracked parts, fills holes, and increases size of metal parts
  • Locates and repairs cracks in products and equipment
  • Maintains clean work area
  • Operates lathes, drill presses, mills, routers, grinning machines, duplicating, and profile machines, brakes and shears
  • Determines layouts and welds parts and assemblies according to engineering drawings and specifications
  • May monitor and verify quality in accordance with statistical process or other control procedures
  • Delegates work to less experienced employees and provides mentoring
  • Trains less experience employees to build quality product within the time standard
  • Acts as a point of contact for other welders, customers, and suppliers when the supervisor is unavailable
  • Participates in continuous improvement meetings, and shares knowledge for improvement actions
  • Under minimal supervision, interprets drawings, sketches, and/or preliminary designs, and produces weldments from that interpretation
  • Interacts with employees and managers across the company, to include vendors
  • May need to operate a vehicle or forklift
  • Work done with minimal supervision
  • Work may be done without established procedures


  • Strong reading comprehension skills to understand drawings, work orders or written instructions
  • Strong mathematical skills to perform basic calculations
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills to cooperate and work effectively with others
  • Ability to work under time pressure
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to delegate work
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Pass welding tests and holds certifications to meet AWS D1.1 guidelines
  • Strong computer skills.

This position requires potential access to technology controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The successful candidate must be a “U.S. Person” as defined under ITAR and EAR. In order to be a U.S. Person for ITAR and EAR purposes, you must (i) be a citizen or national of the United States; or (ii) be a lawful permanent resident of the United States; or (iii) a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

CPI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


Associate degree or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. Welding certification preferred.