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Valmont Industries, Inc. Welding/Lean Coordinator in El Dorado, Kansas

955 North Haverhill Rd El Dorado Kansas 67042-4806

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

The Welding/Lean Coordinator is an Individual Contributor responsible for providing training and lean support for El Dorado Operations, including: training, testing, and certifying persons to weld; data management and analysis; assistance with project justifications; and identifying and analyzing opportunities for improvement and waste reduction. The incumbent works closely with employees and site leadership to identify training needs, including lean process and methodology, and support new and existing employees in developing the necessary skill-sets to be successful in their assigned positions. This role implements new weld procedures and investigates, in coordination with Division resources, welding related problems in the plant.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide coaching and training, both one-on-one and in a group setting, to new and existing weld staff per a developed curriculum including technical training and qualification

  • Evaluate potential welding candidates and maintain records associated with evaluations

  • Maintain and update welding certifications as appropriate

  • Provide training on topics including, but not limited to, manipulative skills to weld, knowledge and understanding of welding process and equipment (including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)), safe welding, metal cutting practices (including Oxyfuel and Plasma cutting), grinding, blue print reading with welding symbols and lean processes

  • Perform equipment calibration and maintain associated records for all critical equipment in quality and manufacturing departments

  • Ensure all welding equipment meets compliance standards

  • Assist with continuous improvement and welding operations

  • Perform a variety of statistical processing control (SPC) measuring, data gathering and analysis

  • Perform spot audits to ensure compliance and performance

  • Ensure correct assembly of fabricated materials by dimensional checks and visual inspection of welds

  • Observe operating activities throughout all applicable weld areas; making recommendations, developing action plans and following up to ensure that action plans are effectively implemented

  • Actively participate in department safety, demonstrate excellent safety practices and behaviors which conform to all Valmont safety policy and procedures

Other Important Details about the Role:

  • This position reports to the Operations Manager

  • Provide technical support for customer concerns and third party audits

  • Attend and participate in daily staff meetings

  • Judgment and decision making skills while comparing relative cost and benefit potential

  • Motivate, develop and direct people without having direct authority over them

  • Organize and manage multiple, simultaneous priorities and meet aggressive deadlines in a fast paced environment

  • Perform miscellaneous duties and projects as assigned and required

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • High School Diploma/GED with 5+ years relevant experience or Associate’s Degree with 2+ years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field

  • The flexibility to train/coach as directed on 2nd shift

  • Experience with and knowledge of the following welding processes: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), plasma, and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)

  • Achieve American Welding Society – Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE), and/or Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS) accreditations within 2 years of eligibility

  • Demonstrated understanding of Lean principles and methodology

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office including the ability to create tracking matrices

  • Previous training experience

  • Strong communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, employees and general public

  • The ability to perform basic math functions such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing

  • The ability to accurately use and read a tape measure, thread gauges, micrometer, protractor, and dial calipers

  • Must have a high awareness for safety at all times

  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree in Welding Technology

  • Minimum of 12 months of experience welding in a manufacturing environment

  • American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector certification (CWI)

  • Working Knowledge of The American Welding Society Codes D1.1 and D1.5

  • Previous experience training others

  • Experience in statistical data collection methods and problem resolution

  • Experience or knowledge of Lean Manufacturing concepts

  • The ability to work timely and expeditiously to deliver an on-time result without errors

  • The ability to prioritize work in order to complete deadlines

  • Must be a person of passion and integrity who has the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is performed in both an office and factory setting, with up to 50% of the time being spent moving around different areas of manufacturing and shipping areas. The incumbent is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. This position will be exposed to all hazards located at manufacturing sites including noise, fumes, excessive heat/cold, dust, welding arc, all chemicals associated with the manufacturing areas, smoke and confined spaces. Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time. Travel as needed less than 5-10%. This position will support multiple shift operations.

The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds in working with large files, binders, and boxes of paper. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Valmont Industries, Inc. is a leading producer and distributor of products and services for the infrastructure and agricultural markets.

Valmont began in 1946 when founder, Robert B. Daugherty, combined his $5,000 savings with a wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. From those modest beginnings, the company grew into a global leader of engineered products and services for infrastructure, and water-conserving irrigation equipment and solutions for agriculture.

From lighting and traffic structures to guide the way, to communication towers that keep people connected, to utility structures that power homes and businesses, to irrigation equipment and technology that helps grow the world’s food, we are committed to Conserving Resources. Improving Life ® .

Four primary business segments comprise Valmont: Engineered Support Structures; Coatings; Irrigation and Utility Support Structures. We manufacture products in over 80 different facilities spread across 6 continents and do business in over 22 different countries. Valmont is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol (VMI).

We are passionate about our products. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking products and processes to new markets, developing new products for existing markets, and continually improving across the company to ensure that Valmont solutions are always the global industry leader.