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Robotic Welding Operator


Folding Guard®

Posted on 12/11/2020


Chicago, IL


Mid-level, with a minimum of 2 years technical training and 2 years experience, or 4 – 5 years experience with robotic welders. Has understanding of programming welding robots in so much as writing basic MIG welding programs. Works with minimal supervision and has a focused responsibility maintaining up time on robots and quick change-overs. Capable of mentoring operators and setup individuals, with a focus on quality and throughput. Reports directly to the Senior Operations Engineer, with a dotted line to the Plant Manager. Fluent in both English and Spanish is a plus.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Priority is to mitigate downtime on the equipment through efficient use of operators and knowledge of upcoming projects, ensuring fixtures and programs are available.
  • Works with Maintenance on common change-over requirements of components, and suggests predictive maintenance that may not exist.
  • Mentors operators and setup individuals on best practices and efficiency implementations, with a focus on upskilling the individuals in basic quality and lean manufacturing tenets.
  • Trains individuals in basic programming.
  • Suggests and aids the Senior Operations Engineer in integrating new or improved fixtures and equipment.
  • Available for additional time as needed to ensure 2nd shift has a thorough understanding of expectations and requirements for the entire shift, daily.
  • Keeps manager informed of issues should it impact quality or productivity.
  • Is a critical liaison with the plant manager, maintenance manager and quality manager, ensuring equipment and fixtures are maintained.
  • Maintains inventory required of each robotic cell, including wire, torches, nozzles and all perishable tooling.
  • Reports directly to the Senior Operations Engineer, attending Operations Meetings as requested.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Skills & Abilities

  • Has strong knowledge of basic and advanced welding principles.
  • Has a working knowledge of shop floor processes as it relates to metal fabrication and welding, along with documentation of same in the ERP system.
  • Knowledge of company standards, policies, manufacturing practices and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Ability to exercise own initiative and judgment.
  • Gets along well with peer group and shop floor associates and fosters a positive culture. Must exercise an intolerance of any prejudicial behavior.
  • Capable of presenting progress of tasks to management and peer group.
  • Leads and/or assists in the creation of lean manufacturing projects (implementing new standards through the operators for increased efficiencies).
  • Works very well with all disciplines of the company.

Minimum Education & Experience

  • Education and/or Experience: 2 years technical training and 2 years experience, or 4 – 5 years experience with robotic welders.
  • Language Skills: Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with operators and inter/intra-departmental associates. Spanish in addition to English is a plus.
  • Operating System: Must have a working comprehension of the operating system as it pertains to looking up parts and documenting work completed.
  • Reasoning Ability: A thorough knowledge of basic and advanced welding principles, with the requirement to identify good/bad welds, porosity issues, and potential quality issues due to worn fixtures, incorrect heat and feed settings, etc.


Minimal Training Requirements

  • New Hire Orientation
  • Benefits Orientation
  • Quality Orientation
  • Safety Orientation


Working Conditions

Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment. Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, steel toe work boots, and hardhats. Work may require travel. Work may require evening and weekend work. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry are not permitted.

Folding Guard is proud to be an “Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veteran/Disability Employer”


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