Get ready to grow with us.

Northwest Pipe Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer of water infrastructure products and with over 50 years of experience, we are just getting started! Our business is growing, and we are looking for great people to grow with us. We are immediately seeking an Fitter Welder Lead to join our Northwest Pipe team in Saginaw, TX. This is a 2nd Shift position, which includes a shift differential as well as lead pay differential on top of base rate.

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and AD&D Insurance (1st of month after hire)

Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Time

Weekly Paycheck

401k Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match

Bonus Potential

Tuition Reimbursement

Safety Footwear and Eyewear Voucher (day 1 of employment)

On-Site Refreshments

Employee Assistance Program

Opportunities for Career Advancement

Values-Driven Culture Committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety

Accountability is evident when we do what we say we are going to do and people accept responsibility for their actions. We do not point fingers and blame others. We own our actions.

Commitment is not only promising to do something, but also actually investing in the necessary effort and actions to make it happen.

Teamwork is essential for competing in a challenging and constantly changing business environment. Working together across all job functions is critical to achieving our success.

Under ongoing supervision the Fitter-Welder, fits elbows and welds, cleans and grinds fabricated products. Lays out, fit and fabricate metal components to assemble structural forms while meeting all quality and safety standards. May assist in coordinating activities of welders for special welding techniques and/or procedures.

Fits elbow and attachment using torch & tack welding

Lays out, positions, aligns, and fits components together

Cuts products with torch and other tools.

Gouges welds.

Grinds welds and fabricated pieces

Welds product according to plans and specifications

Completes proper documentation.

Moves pipe with overhead crane.

Assists in the departmental housekeeping and safety efforts and works collaboratively with other members of the department and production counterparts to ensure production workflow


Work hours vary or change from eight to twelve hours shifts based on operational needs.

Must be able to work on Saturdays and overtime as required.

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Ability to compute rate, ratio, percent and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


SMAW weld qualified and/or the ability to pass weld test

FCAW weld qualified and/or the ability to pass weld test

SAW weld qualified and/or the ability to pass weld test

Welding machines (wire & stick)


Arc gouging equipment


Overhead crane

Lock-out Tag-out

Small forklift


hand tools

One-year certificate from college or technical school; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

On the job training by other fitters who have experience, knowledge and insight into the job. Qualified by performance.

FCAW weld qualified and/or the ability to pass weld test

Our organization maintains a drug-free workplace. Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successful passing of a drug test and background check. Northwest Pipe Company is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Northwest Pipe Company reserves the right to close the position, with or without notice, if a qualified candidate is identified prior to the close date

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be meet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Project timelines and work volume / deadlines may often require working outside of standard office hours, weekend, or evening work.

Regular, reliable and predictable attendance is necessary in order to perform the essential functions of this position.

Physical Activity

Over 2/3 of the time:
Standing: Remaining upright in a stationary position, particularly for sustained periods.

Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm to welder or gauge

Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly,

Communicating: Expressing or exchanging ideas and information accurately in written or diagram form.

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fire discriminations in sounds.

Up to 2/3 of the time:
Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. (This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.)

Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. (This factor is important if the amount and kind of balancing the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium)

Stooping: Positions self to welding position this factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.

Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw drag haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hand, and/or fingers such as use of micrometer meter.

Less than 1/3 of the time:
Kneeling/Crouching: Position self to change welding wire

Crawling: Moving about to work on smaller on pipe.

Reaching: Grabbing things from a distance above or from the side.

Walking: Moving about accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from on work site to another.

Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward downward or outward.

Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher positon or moving objects horizontally from position to position. (The factor important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.)

Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling to use measuring devices.

Feeling Perceiving attributes of objects such as size shape temperature or texture by touching with skin particularly that of fingertips.

Physical Requirements

Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and /or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Visual Acuity

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures transcribing viewing a computer terminal extensive reading visual inspection involving small defects small parts and /or operation of machines (including inspection) using measurement devices and /or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Vision Requirements:
Over 2/3 of time the worker is required to have:
The worker is required to have close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)

The worker is required to have depth perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)

Up to 2/3 of the time:
The worker is required to have distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)

Less than 1/3 of the time

The worker is required to have color vision (ability to identify and distinguish color)

The worker is required to have peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)

The worker is required to have the ability to adjust visual focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Weather Conditions

Over 2/3 of the time:
The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.

The worker is subject to noise: There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout order to be heard above the ambient noise level.

Up to 2/3 of the time:
The worker is subject to extreme heat: Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than (Consideration should be given to the effect of other environment conditions such as wind and humidity.)

The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions: Once or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: Fumes odors dusts mists gases or poor ventilation.

Less than 1/3 of the time:
The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: No activities occur inside and outside.

The worker is subject to extreme cold: Temperatures typically below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour (Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions such as wind and humidity.)

The worker is subject to vibration: Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body.

The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles electrical current working on scaffolding and high places exposure to high heat or exposure to chemical.

The worker is required to wear a respirator.

Noise Levels

Over 2/3 of the time:
Loud noise (examples: metal can be manufacturing department large earth-moving equipment)

Up to 2/3 of the time

Very loud noise (example: jack hammer work, front row at rock concert)

Supervision Received:
Close Supervision: The incumbent is assigned duties according to specified procedures and receives detailed instructions. Work is checked frequently.

Personal Protective Equipment is required when in the Plant, Yard or Construction Areas:

Hard Hat

Safety Glasses

Steel-toed Boots

Hearing Protection

Reflective Vest