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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5524

Class Designation: Civil Service

May 2004

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117) 


Senior Welder/Fabricator


Under direction, performs a range of routine to complex/highly skilled repairs and fabrication; executes the technical functions and responsibilities of the welding operation; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Fleet Services Supervisor in that the incumbent is not responsible for the supervision of personnel engaged in the servicing and repair of vehicular, fire apparatus, and other equipment including welding repairs. At this level, incumbents work with only occasional instruction or assistance; work is reviewed upon completion for overall results. Work involves frequent interpretation of policies, procedures and guidelines, and may involve the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives direction from the Fleet Services Supervisor.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following are principal duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Performs skilled welding and brazing processes such as oxy-acetylene, electric arc, metallic inert gas (MIG), and tungsten inert gas (TIG).
  • Fabricates parts and weldments.
  • Designs parts and works from sketches or blueprints.
  • Repairs damaged equipment, performs welding or fabrication as needed on City facilities, vehicles and equipment, including Fire Apparatus
  • Performs mobile welding and mechanical repairs.
  • Maintains shop equipment.
  • Prepares work orders and reviews maintenance reports.
  • Performs daily safety inspections of equipment and machinery.
  • Works closely with vendors, contractors and other departments as required during projects, repairs and change orders.
  • Organizes, cleans, and maintains a safe work shop area.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Coordinates, inspects, and approves the work of outside contractors and vendors and orients them to the City's equipment and facilities.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Metals, welding processes and procedures, design and fabrication used in the repair and fabrication of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • Types of arc welding electrodes, amperage-polarity setting gas regulator settings, flow meter settings as determined by application.
  • Oxy-acetylene regulator settings and proper tip sizes as determined by work requirements.
  • Common and special tools and equipment used in welding processes, design and fabrication.
  • Basic drafting skills.
  • Safety rules and precautions related to the use of tools, vehicles and equipment.
  • Proper procedures in lifting or moving heavy objects.
  • City policies and procedures affecting departmental operations.
  • Ability to
  • Use hand tools and welding equipment.
  • Use oxy-acetylene equipment to heat, cut and fit where necessary in the use of welding application.
  • Operate a variety of shop equipment such as power shear, power brake lathe, mill power saws, roll, brake, mille, lathe, drill press, pipe threaders, tap-die, nibbler and related power tools.
  • Fabricate to needed specifications.
  • Read, understand and interpret blueprints, schematics, drawings, maps, and work orders.
  • Perform mathematical computations using variables and formulas; take measurements; compute cost estimates.
  • Learn and use automated Fleet Maintenance Management System software.
  • Read and write at the appropriate level.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Follow work safety procedures and practices.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency
  • License or Certificate

    Valid California class C driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge and skills required is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

    Four years of full-time journey level welding and fabricating experience.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:

    Requires the ability to exert a considerable amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects and to stoop, crouch, climb and lift in the performance of manual labor; to operate a variety of tools, equipment and vehicles; to work around electrical currents and/or hazardous materials in a safe manner. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as the ability to communicate orally. May be subject to uncomfortable working conditions including exposure to dust, noise, heat or cold, toxic agents and chemicals, and performing work in confined spaces.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification, in addition to other requirements, may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Fleet Services Supervisor.