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Nuclear Welder (GTAW, SMAW)

Date: Aug 20, 2019

Location: Mt Vernon, IN, US

Company: BWX Technologies

Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical and management services to support the U.S. government in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry. With approximately 6,100 employees, BWXT has nine major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, BWXT joint ventures provide management and operations at a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and two NASA facilities. Follow us on Twitter @BWXTech and learn more at


We are currently searching for qualified welders to fill vacancies at our Mt. Vernon, IN facility.  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.


BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) embraces diversity of thought, values individuality, encourages new perspectives and provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and/or local law.


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