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Fabrication & Installation Welding - Construction & Maintenance Project Lead - Permanent - *06057-23


Capital & Asset Management Program (CAMP) 
Lacey, Washington - Thurston County 

This recruitment has been posted until June 15, 2023 – first review of applications will be on May 18, 2023. Submit your application materials as soon as possible. This recruitment may be closed at any time.
Provide mentoring and leadership to skilled staff in the fabrication, transportation and installation of critical hatchery and facility components! 
Support to the Construction and Maintenance Project Supervisor in the management of shop space and projects to meet quality and safety standards, and project deadlines. 
Feeding Rainbow Trout – Photo Credit: WDFW Employee  

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself assisting in the preparation, scheduling, and supervision of the work layout for the maintenance, alteration, and repair of building structures and components.
This is an opportunity to independently prepare drawings and sketches to illustrate fabrication projects for staff to follow and convey verbal instructions.
You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, direct various skilled staff in activities for the fabrication, transportation, and installation of various hatchery and facility components.
The optimal applicants with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

Chum Spawning - Photo Credit: Rachel Blomker   

Our Fabrication & Installation Welding Lead, 

Fabrication & Installation Leadership: 
  • Independently composes bills of materials for the use in estimating project expenses and orders materials based on drawing and sketch reviews. 
  • Manages the use of shop space and time management of staff to meet project deadlines, while ensuring safety protocols are followed.
  • Manages the stock of welding supplies, such as gases, aluminum and steel stock and other fabrication related equipment and consumables.
  • Operate a variety of fabrication shop equipment such as Oxyacetylene, wire feed, tig, and arc welders.
Project Leadership: 
  • Communicates the job(s) to and with the crew.
  • Determines materials, equipment and manpower needed.  
  • Identifies needs and deficiencies in the plan/schedule and communicates these to the Construction and Maintenance Project Supervisor.
  • Oversees the execution of the work, including quality, production, and safety, by ensuring that crews work to job specifications and follows all Agency standards.
  • Continuously inspects completed work making sure it is up to code and specifications and initiates timely problem resolutions.
  • Work Setting, including hazards: 
  1. Duties are performed in a fabrication shop and occasionally at construction sites in the Hatcheries and Wildlife areas – some tasks involve working at a desk on a computer.
  2. Hazards include working on rough terrain, riverbanks, slippery slopes, and other surfaces, confined and difficult to reach spaces, and working and driving in all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, or snow.
  3. Welding activities will include exposure to chemicals such as paint, solvents, glues and gases, hot work dangers, use of heavy machinery and overhead cranes, and welding and mechanical tools such as torches, welders, lathes, milling machines, etc.
  4. Bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, and frequently lifting aluminum and steel materials that weigh up to 50 pounds repetitively when loading and unloading trucks or moving materials around project site. 
  5. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:
  1. 6:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday. 
  2. Overtime as needed/requested, this may include overnight stays and evening and weekend work. 
  • Travel Requirements: 
  1. Travel required 20-40% depending on season.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
  1. Basic hand tools, power tools such as drills, roto hammers, cut off saws, circular saws, hydraulic punch, metal band saws, welders, cutting torch, plasma cutter, chainsaws, and/or powered motors, automotive equipment, and trailers.
  • Customer Interactions: 
  1. Frequent interactions varying between Federal, Local, Inter-Agency, and Intra-Agency customers and vendors
  • Six years of work experience within the welding trade. 
  • Completion of a recognized welding apprenticeship/welding vocational program AND four (4) years of work experience within the welding trade.
 Knowledge of: 
  • Common methods, practices and materials used in repairing buildings, mechanical equipment, and building facilities.
  • Characteristics of ferrous and non-ferrous metals under welding conditions, principles, and operation of oxyacetylene and arc welding equipment. 
  • Fluxes and hardening agents, fundamentals of heat treatment, standards for welding high pressure boilers, steam lines, and other potentially hazardous equipment. 
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Hydraulic systems and the methods and concepts used to design lifting platforms. 
  • A valid driver’s license recognized by the state of Washington and acceptable driving record. 
  • Forklift Operation Certification.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR Certification.
  • Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) certification for 7018, 6011 or dual-shield welding.
  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) endorsement with current Medical Examiner’s Certificate.. 
Supplemental Information
Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.
In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 
All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:
Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).
WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed. 
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The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. 
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