Field Welder (DSS-North – Gillette, WY)

Job Posted: October 28th, 2021

Location: Gillette, Wyoming, US


The Field Welder will facilitate welding projects and repairs primarily on shovels and draglines and related ancillary equipment. Various levels of knowledge and abilities in the Essential Functions listed below are required and will determine job placement.  Specific knowledge needed is dependent upon the individual departments within the company.

Job placement will be based on knowledge, skills, and abilities in accordance with the following guidelines, including prior experience:

·         Apprentice I:  Basic understanding of mechanical tools, service procedures and welding processes. Experience:  1 year of experience in working on heavy equipment or possess a strong mechanical and welding aptitude.

·         Apprentice II:  Basic component identification and understanding the functions of various

Caterpillar mechanical systems and ability to perform various welding procedures.

Experience:  Certificate from a Trade School and/or 2 years of welding/heavy equipment experience and can pass a weld test.

·         Field:  Understand the operation, troubleshooting, and repair of various Caterpillar mechanical systems and can troubleshoot and function as a welder with little or no direction and/or assistance.  Experience:  Minimum four years of previous welding experience 2 of which include heavy equipment experience.

·         Master:  Complete understanding and the advanced ability to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair various Caterpillar mechanical systems Can troubleshoot and function as a welder with no direction and/or assistance. Must be able to mentor new employees and help train apprentices. Experience: Minimum ten years of previous welding experience 7 of which include heavy equipment experience.

The level of knowledge and performance expectations for all functions and skills will be outlined in greater detail in the Wyoming Machinery Company Employee Development Program.


  • Planning, organizing and facilitating jobs as assigned to the welding department including print reading and interpretation.
  • Audit equipment for potential repairs.
  • Trouble shoot jobs and equipment needed to complete jobs.
  • Create and facilitate projects to completion including any related paperwork or service reports.
  • Communicate plans and projects effectively to other employees, training them if necessary.
  • Safely use rigging and lifting equipment.
  • Maintain the highest standards concerning quality of workmanship and safe work performance.
  • Maintain clean work practices and understand the effects of dirt and debris.
  • Understand and adhere to our safety culture.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work with others and prove dependability.
  • Take direction and instruction well.
  • Demonstrate good internal and external customer service skills, communication and a positive attitude.
  • Extensive travel may be required.


  • Assist in special projects, as needed.
  • Answer telephone calls, complete service reports and maintain records as required.
  • Actively participate in safety meetings.
  • Provide daily progress updates to supervisor.


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Work experience in the trade as outlined in the Job Summary level.
  • Knowledgeable in various areas, including gearing, bearings, seals, bushings, and hydraulics.
  • Must be proficient in layout, fit-up and fabrication.
  • Possess and maintain certifications in 8000Ni2, II70, Stick and Hardwire.
  • Understand and utilize tools for set up and layout work.
  • Be proficient with hand and automatic torches, MIG, TIG, and Brazing, Automatic welding, and rotators.
  • Familiar with N.D.T. including U.T. and M.T.
  • Proficient in bore build-up, structural repair, and crack repair.
  • Demonstrates ability to run sub-arc when required.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to perform light machining, utilizing drills, taps, etc. 
  • Be proficient in welding and cutting of all types.
  • Possess a proficient understanding of metallurgy and its application to welding.
  • Possess appropriate tools per the Welder Tool List.
  • For the safe and effective performance of the position, must be fluent in English.


  • Completion of a technical school welding program.
  • Welding experience on shovels and draglines.


·         Exposed to dirt, grease, dust, noise, chemicals, paints and other elements.

·         Exposed to extreme temperatures.

·         Heavy lifting – up to 50 lbs.

·         Prolonged walking, sitting and standing.

·         Working in elevated position, climbing, bending, stooping, and pulling.

·         Use of all necessary personal protective equipment.

·         Use hands for simple grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation.

·         Use feet frequently in repetitive movement.

·         May require travel, overtime and varying schedules.

This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described and may be amended at any time with or without notice at the sole discretion of the Employer. Wyoming Machinery Company provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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