Welding Trainee - Meridian Tech
Welding Trainee

Primary Function

The Welding Trainee Program is a partnership between Meridian Technology Center and Ditch Witch to offer an opportunity to learn the foundations of manufacturing and production welding while getting paid. Individuals will go through a structured 9 week course before moving into a production position.

• Applicants will employed as fulltime Ditch Witch employees and receive training from Meridian Technology Center at the Ditch Witch, Perry Campus. A work schedule that equals 40 hours a week
• Training will take place on the day shift
• Upon successful completion of this program, the applicant will work as a night shift production welder

Program classes will be comprehensive and will enable the applicant to move into one of our five core jobs. Classes will include:
• OSHA 10 certification
• Forklift certification
• CPR/First Aid certification
• SAP computer software training
• Basic blueprint reading
• Basic equipment and tool identification
• Basic Computer operations including operations in SAP
• Communication and interpersonal skills for the manufacturing environment
• Manufacturing Fundamentals – manufacturing processes, standardization, Lean/5s principles
• Specific skill training – basic welding, CNC, assembly, paint, or material handling

This employee hand welds components used to build Ditch Witch equipment. This employee also assembles equipment and performs other duties as assigned.

• Read information from blueprints, technical manuals or other documents.
• Set up fixtures, mount parts in fixtures, and perform mechanical assembly. This includes using hand and air tools such as wrenches, torque wrenches, impact wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, etc.
• Move and position parts —with a hoist and manually.
• Use a hoist to lift and position large, heavier components and completed weldments.
• Set up, adjust, and operate MIG welding equipment to weld machine components.
• Remove components from fixtures, clean and check them for quality, and correct errors or deficiencies of weldments.
• Use a computer to check the location, inventory, routing of parts, and to record inventory transactions.
• Through behavior and communication, maintain positive relationships with customers, clients, supervisors, and co-workers.
• Meet or exceed typical production, quality, attendance, and safety expectations.

• Manufacturing plant conditions (indoors, with variable temperature, humidity, noise, and dirt).
• Relatively high temperatures
• Use of personal protective equipment including a welding hood, gloves, and sleeves, safety glasses, face shields and hearing protection
• Physical hazards such as powered vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic, sharp objects, moving machinery, electrical arc-welding equipment, and materials handling
• Working with hazardous materials, including solvents, oils, grease, and pressurized gases
• A variable work schedule (ranging from 8-12 hours daily with overtime paid after 40 hours per week) and some scheduled work on Saturdays.
• An expectation to work at least 50% of the Extra Time (ET).


• Standing: Continuous
• Sitting: Occasional
• Walking: Frequent
• Twisting: Frequent
• Bending: Frequent
• Elevated Work: Occasional
• Squatting/Kneeling: Frequent
• Climbing: Frequent
• Pulling/Pushing: up to 50lbs
• Floor to Knuckle: up to 60lbs
• Knuckle to Shoulder: up to 35lbs
• Shoulder to Overhead: up to 25lbs

• Decision Quality- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
• Optimizes Work Processes- Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
• Communicates Effectively- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
• Collaborates- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
• Demonstrates Self-Awareness- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
• Action Oriented- Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

Required Skills

• Have appropriate MIG welding experience OR have completed a formal welding training program (or the equivalent in training and experience).
• Be able to handle items weighing over 60 pounds. This includes lifting, pushing, pulling, and positioning components.
• Have appropriate mechanical skills, including experience using hand and air-powered tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, etc.).
• Have appropriate reading, clerical, and basic math skills.
• Have a good work record including indications of strong self-motivation, reliable attendance, attention to quality, ability to learn new skills, & cordial, cooperative personality


• A variable work schedule (ranging from 8-12 hours daily with overtime paid after 40 hours per week) and some scheduled work on Saturdays. • An expectation to work at least 50% of the Extra Time (ET).

Salary Range

$11-$14 per hour

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