Valmont Industries, Inc. Welder Machine Operator - 3rd shift (Starting at 20+/hr) in Valley, Nebraska

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

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.

A Brief Summary of This Position

This is an individual contributor position responsible for operating the HLAW (Hybrid Laser Arc Welder) cell and Sub Arc Seam Welder to weld the seams of steel shafts. The Seam Welder Operator is responsible for leading shafts into the welding machine with the use of a conveyor or an overhead crane and operating the seam weld positioning tuners. The Operator must position the piece through the weld head(s) as the weld is deposited to make a pole. The Seam Welder Operator is also responsible for adjusting carriage speeds, side roll pressures, amperage and flux flow. The incumbent also assists with or operates an overhead crane or forklift in material or supply movement. The Operator monitors the quality of incoming steel and determines when material is substandard, as well as reports damage to the product or machinery to the Utility Person or Lead Person. The person in this position also may be assigned to other work areas in production when the machine is not running.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for feeding shafts into the welding machines for pole production

  • Continues the flow of the line of operation in mid-size pole shafts

  • Calibrates weld head for material thickness

  • Maintain communication between other Operators in mid-size pole production areas

  • Responsible for making mathematical calculation in preparing product or setting up the machinery

  • Ability to read and decipher blue prints and flat sheets without assistance and use them to properly weld scheduled work

Important Details about the Role

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Safety through excellent safety practices and behaviors by conforming to all Valmont safety policies and procedures

  • Pass an American Welding Society (AWS) welder operator qualification test for submerged arc welding (SAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW)

  • Actively participate in department LEAN activities and demonstrated performance working in a team environment

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Valmont’s quality procedures, standards, and practices

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

  • At least three (3) years of minimum welding experience

  • Must be able to pass an AWS welder operator qualification test for GMAW process

  • Read blueprints and use a tape measure

  • Must be able to safely lift up to 50 pounds maximum, although most frequent lift is up to 20 pounds

  • Stand and walk for the entire shift

  • Ability to read and write

  • Perform math functions such as add, subtract whole numbers, fractions and decimals

  • Use appropriate tools and equipment to inspect and maintain quality of the poles such as foot controlled foot turner, GMAW welder, Plasma and cutting units, stick and hand grinders, along with various hand tools to assist in the welding of shafts

  • Complete die changes as required throughout production of material

  • Ability to be trained on and pass tests for operating an overhead crane and forklift

  • Setup, operate, and perform general maintenance of equipment without difficulty

  • Must possess acceptable work history and attendance record

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED

  • Ability to become AWS and CWB certified in MIG or Flux Core

  • Ability to communicate and interact with coworkers and supervisor

  • Prior experience working in a manufacturing setting

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.

If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment, call (402) 963-1115 or email

Valmont Industries is a leading producer and distributor of products for the infrastructure and agriculture markets.

Valmont Industries began in 1946 when our founder, Robert B. Daugherty combined his $5,000 savings and wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. Since that modest start more than half a century ago, our company has grown to be an international leader in engineered products and services for infrastructure and water-conserving irrigation equipment for agriculture.

From the lighting and traffic structures that guide your way, to communication towers and utility structures that power your home and business, to irrigation equipment that waters the croplands on which your food is grown, Valmont products improve lives worldwide.

Valmont Industries operates in five primary business segments: Engineered Support Structures, Utility Support Structures, Coatings, Energy and Mining, and Irrigation. Valmont (VMI) is publicly traded on the NYSE.

We focus on two global markets: infrastructure and agriculture. Valmont Industries is present in 23 developed and developing countries, offering 27 brands from more than 80 facilities. International sales represent a significant portion of our revenues.

Valmont’s employees are passionate about the products we make. Along with our customers, they are the cornerstone of our success. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering optimal results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking our products and processes to new markets, introducing new products to regions where we have a presence, and continually improving our services to ensure that Valmont solutions are second-to-none.