Fitter Welder

MO - St. Louis

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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’re just getting started! Our business is growing, and we’re looking for great people to grow with us. We’re immediately seeking a Fitter Welder to join our Permalok team in St. Louis, MO.

We Offer
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D Insurance
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Time
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match
  • Bonus Potential (2x per year)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Safety Footwear and Eyewear Voucher (Day 1 of Employment)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Opportunities for Career Advancement
  • Values-Driven Culture Committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety
Our Values
  • 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 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.


About the Job

The Welder is responsible for performing quality welds while meeting all quality and safety standards. Under ongoing supervision, welds, cleans cuts and grinds.  Assists in the departmental housekeeping and safety efforts and works collaboratively with other members of the department and production counterparts to ensure production workflow

Essential Functions & Major Responsibilities
  • Experienced Welder with possible skills in Subarc (SAW), with experience in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SWAW) and Flux Core (FCAW) preferred.
  • Fitting experience preferred.
  • Must be able to kneel, squat, crawl, or stand for extended periods of time inside a pipe.
  • Able to work at heights.
  • Skilled in fitting-up steel pieces for welding fixtures and jigs. Ensures proper alignment and dimensional specifications of every fit.
  • Weld or tack parts into various sub-assemblies or complete assemblies.
  • Experience using an Overhead Crane to move product from one location to another.
  • Knowledgeable of welding technology, equipment types, applications, and material characteristics.
  • Must be able to read a tape measure and properly apply to pipe sizes.
  • Must be able to use hand grinders and other misc. hand tools.
  • Team Player with Leadership skills and abilities.
  • Identify and report any unsafe working conditions or equipment.
  • Follows all OSHA safety requirements, work rules and instructions, ISO procedures, job safety analysis (JSAs) and company policies and promotes a safe culture.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the lead or supervisor.
  • Complete and maintain all required paperwork.
  • May provide support to the fabrication department.
  • Participates in all inventories, safety meetings and ISO audits.
  • Maintain housekeeping within all production, storage and waste areas.
  • Regular, reliable, and predictable attendance is necessary in order to perform the essential functions of this position
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to pass a FCAW – 2G and/or 3G weld test.
  • Ability to pass a SMAW – 2G, 3G and/or 7018 weld test.
  • Must be able to maintain a welding certification.
  • Must be able to operate a welding machine and grinder safely.
  • One year certificate from college or technical school; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination and experience.
  • On the job training by other fitters who have experience, knowledge, and insight into the job. Qualified by performance.
    • SMAW
    • FCAW
    • SAW
    • Grinders
    • Arc Gouging Equipment
    • Torches
    • Overhead Crane
    • Small Forklift
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • FCAW certified


Full list of anticipated physical demands for this position and detail on our work environment is available on our application portal. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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.

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