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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 4223


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Salary Range 18T $3497 $3659 $3841 $4034 $4230 $4422


At the skilled journey-level, the WELDER uses a variety of welding equipment such as acetylene, heliarc, electric and manual arc to cut, braze, and weld metals, and fabricate parts.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


The duties listed below are not inclusive but characteristic of the type and level of work associated with the class. Individual positions may do all or some combination of the duties listed below as well as other related duties.

  1. Welding. Lays out, cuts, and fits material for welding. Preheats and cleans metals. Brazes various nonferrous metals. Welds machinery and equipment using heliarc, acetylene, electric arc and manual arc equipment. Welds high and low pressure pipes. Does overhead welding on bridges and other structures. Inspects, brushes, and grinds welds.
  2. Equipment Fabrication and Modification. Using brazing and cutting equipment, grinders, drill presses, gas and electric welders, fabricates and installs new parts or components for equipment or modifies existing parts or components to restore or improve operation by following blueprints, sketches or verbal instruction. Tests parts or equipment to ensure effective operation.
  3. Miscellaneous. Maintains work records by writing down nature of repair, labor hours, and parts and materials used. Helps maintain inventory by charging out parts and supplies, ordering, and filling out records. As needed, coordinates the work of helpers.

    Sharpens and tempers tools. Does general repair work requiring the use of blades, drill presses and similar equipment. Maintains and makes minor repairs to welding and other shop equipment.


Employees in this classification have regular contact in person or by telephone with other employees to exchange information about work assignments or get additional information on fabrication or modification needs. Employees have occasional contact with suppliers or vendors in person or by telephone to order parts and supplies or to have repairs made to equipment.


Work is assigned verbally or through written work orders and reviewed as needed for quality, quantity and timeliness. Employees work independently following accepted trade practices and guidelines found in technical manuals, State and Federal rules and regulations.


Work occurs in shop buildings where the employee may be exposed to dust, fumes, noise and unpleasant variation in temperature. Work also occurs outdoors and may expose the employee to inclement weather. It requires walking, standing, bending and stooping for extended periods. Work occurs on ladders, scaffolds, bridges, and other above-ground locations. Work requires lifting up to 100 pounds for short periods. Work involves handling potentially hazardous chemicals such as those used to galvanize metals.


  • Some positions require possession of an Oregon certification in welding pressurized vessels.