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Wabtec Corporation Welder in McPherson, Kansas

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: http://www.WabtecCorp.com .

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

The Welder is responsible for producing highly engineered, custom built mobile material handling machinery for rail related markets by using mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic assembly techniques as well as welding, electrical wiring and hitching on overhead cranes and jibs.


  • Read and follow standard work, BOM’s, blueprints, routings, specifications and other diagrams/instructions in order to build and assemble parts and equipment in an accurate and timely fashion.

  • Obtain necessary tools and equipment.

  • Handle material, tools and equipment manually or with jib crane, performing own hitching as required

  • Layout, cut and fit parts as required to weld in place.

  • Fabricate new metal components in accordance with product data sheets and in compliance with all applicable standards of safety and performance.

  • Solve problems and develop innovative solutions to novel situations that require a fresh approach while still maintaining required standards of safety, stability, and security.

  • Maintain tools and equipment to a professional standard. Keep workstation clean and orderly to retain a safe and operational work environment.

  • Coordinate workflow with other members of the team and third-party agents.

  • Execute particular welds in a professional manner, examine work pieces for defects, and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.

  • Maintain high quality standards as determined by quality and engineering standards.

  • Work independently or with a small team of other welders to complete large and complex projects.

  • Manage workflow, meet deadlines, and troubleshoot problems on a daily basis, in addition to fabrication duties.

  • Employ physical strength and endurance to complete all welding tasks.

Welding Principal Duties

  • Determine from drawings, information or standard practice, the welding sequence, type and size of electrode, machine settings and tools required.

  • Perform fit up and related layout, and welding.

  • Make allowance for distortion during fit up and weld.

  • Change gas cylinders, wire reels, cables, gas lines, wire holder and wire.

  • Heavy metal fabrication – MIG

  • Weld 1.5” to 4” multi-pass welding

General Duties

  • Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.

  • Ability to fabricate small components.

  • Complete production and quality assurance forms.

  • Participate actively in team meetings and group discussions.

  • Interface with engineering to accurately communicate information.

  • Actively participate in continuous improvement activities or events as required.

  • Adhere to Quality Management System Requirements.

  • Follow and maintain 5S activities.

  • Ability to read and comprehend procedures written in English.



  • High school diploma or equivalent required

  • Certified welder preferred


  • 3-5+ years in custom build shop preferred

  • 2 years MIG experience preferred

Technical Skills

  • Ability to read and understand blue prints

  • Ability to operate a computer to read and input data

  • Ability to operate hand tools and read measuring devices

  • Ability to read and interpret 3D prints/schematics to complete standard work

Behavioral Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively to team members and management

  • Ability to hold themselves accountable for results

  • Mechanical aptitude

  • Ability to think critically and troubleshoot problems

  • Desire to win

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.