Weld Academy - Ditch Witch
Ditch Witch Training Academy Program Summary:
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 5-week course before moving into a production position.
How The Program Works:
Applicants will be employed as full time Ditch Witch employees and receive training from Meridian Technology Center at the Ditch Witch, Perry Campus. The work schedule equals 40 hours a week.
Training will take place on the day shift, 6:00 AM-2:30 PM, Monday-Friday.
Upon successful completion of this program, the applicant will work as a NIGHT SHIFT Welder, 8:00 PM-6:00 AM, Sunday-Thursday.
Upon transfer to night shift, a 10% shift differential will be added to the base pay rate.
Program classes will be comprehensive and will enable the applicant to move into one of our five core jobs. Classes will include:
Basic blueprint reading
Basic equipment and tool identification
Basic Computer operations including operations in SAP
Manufacturing Fundamentals – manufacturing processes, standardization, Lean/5S principles
Specific skill training – basic welding
Upon successful completion of the training program, applicants will be prepared to follow the job description and duties for Welder I.
Welder I at Ditch Witch:
This employee welds components used to build Ditch Witch equipment.
What Will You Do?
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.
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.
What Do You Need?
High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.
Have appropriate MIG welding experience OR have completed a formal welding training program (or the equivalent in training and experience).
Pass required entry-level plate test for production welding.
Have appropriate mechanical skills, including experience using hand and air-powered tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, etc.).
Have appropriate reading, clerical, and basic math skills.
Manufacturing plant conditions (indoors, with variable temperature, humidity, noise, and dirt).
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 depending on production needs, 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).
Essential Physical Functions:
The physical demands for this job are classified as medium and include the following:
Be able to handle items weighing over 60 pounds from floor to knuckle.
Be able to handle pull or push items up to 50 pounds.
Be able to handle items up to 35 pounds from knuckle to shoulder.
Be able to handle items up to 25 pounds from shoulder to overhead.
Job requires frequent walking, twisting, bending, squatting, kneeling, and climbing.
Job requires continuous walking.
Job requires occasional sitting and elevated work.
What Can We Give You?
Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K Matching up to 4%, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, 10 Paid Holidays, Paid Parental Leave, and more!
Who Are We?
Ditch Witch, located in Perry, Oklahoma is a division of The Toro Company. Ditch Witch invented the underground utility construction industry and today designs, manufactures and markets the most complete line of directional drills, vacuum excavators, trenchers, mini-skid steers and performance parts. These products are supported by a Ditch Witch dealer network with over 175 locations worldwide.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and related needs and conditions, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.