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Nuclear Welder (GTAW, SMAW)

Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: Mt Vernon, IN, US

Company: BWX Technologies

A pipeline or evergreen requisition means that the job posting may not represent a current opening; rather, it will be used to identify future candidates with skills and experience for frequent, critical-need positions. By applying, you are providing BWXT with consent to contact you for future openings of similar qualifications.


BWXT is currently seking qualified welders to join our growing team in Mt. Vernon, IN!


Those selected for this position will perform, after a series of qualifications, a variety of technical and specialty welding operations.  Operations include but are not limited to the use of manual, automatic, and robotic equipment. Welding quality and maintenance of documentation are equal to or in excess of commercial nuclear requirements. Acceptable quality welds will be in accordance with prescribed quality control procedures.


Applicants must be proficient with SMAW (stick) welding and should also have experience pipe welding with manual GTAW (TIG) welding processes.  Additional experience with dissimilar metal welding is also desired.  Experience performing x-ray and/or ultrasonic tested quality welds; welding out of position, in tight spaces and/or more complicated positions; knowledge of heat treat practices; and familiarity with NDE methods is a plus.


Primary duties will include:


  • Identify and perform basic layouts to determine clad limit lines, weld size, spacing, etc.
  • Set up, align and level job.
  • Move equipment and components to and from workstation.
  • Attach preheat torches inside and outside, maintaining proper preheat temperatures.
  • Set up and tear down scaffold, when necessary.
  • Install and remove mechanical round-out rings.
  • Responsible for using proper wire and flux for job to be performed.
  • Provide weld quality comparable to commercial nuclear requirements
  • Grind and arc-air to remove defects.
  • Buff, grind, and clean surfaces prior to welding and grind completed welds to drawing requirements.
  • Use weld gauges (fillet, offset, etc.) as required.
  • Setup and perform welding machine adjustments, including wire feed and electrode placement, as the job dictates.
  • Keep equipment and work area clean and orderly.
  • Perform minor maintenance on welding equipment and assists maintenance personnel as required.
  • Verify identity and physical characteristics of materials as required.
  • Maintain necessary records.
  • Work from written or verbal instructions as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • This is a full-time fabrication position 


Welders hired for this position will have varying duties throughout the life-cycle of the build and should expect to spend time performing fit-ups, layouts, NDE prep, grinding, rigging, and cleaning as part of the job.  Due to the nature of the work, welders hired for this position will also be required to complete a certification process lasting several months prior to performing an initial production weld.


Work performed involves low-volume, high-engineering large-scale product and must conform to all customer, code, and quality control requirements.  Additionally, the person in this role must work in accordance with all applicable company procedures, policies and rules.  Please note that this is a physically demanding position with the following essential functions:


  • Welding at extreme temperatures
  • Welding from platforms, lifts, ladders, and at heights above 30 feet
  • Ability to enter confined spaces
  • Ability to weld in a variety of positions, including laying on stomach
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds


Successful applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and must satisfactorily complete all prescribed proficiency tests.  A minimum of 1-2 years' on-the-job experience is preferred.  Due to our work with the federal government, U.S. citizenship with no dual citizenship is also required.


Please note:  Qualified applicants will be eligible to receive a $2,000 signing bonus for this position.  This position will likely involve back shift work (4:00 PM to 4:00 AM) and/or weekend shift work.  Shift premiums are provided for off-shift work.  Successful applicants must be willing/able to work any shift.

*Relocation assistance will be provided to those who qualify*


**BWXT offers a full range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, 401K, shift differentials for off-schedule work, vacation/holiday, company-wide shutdowns, and more!


BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.


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