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Welding Technical Training Program Manager in Valley, NE at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 11/20/2018

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Job Description

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

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A Brief Summary of This Position:

This individual contributor is accountable for the development and execution of a welder training program at the Valley site. Responsibilities include: curriculum development, curriculum management, instructor training, and overall program direction and leadership.  The incumbent will train new welding instructors on execution of welding program, and work directly with key stakeholders to continuously improve the program.  The incumbent will audit, and monitor surveys, scores, and data to ensure consistent and positive results.   Additional responsibilities may include report outs on key objectives and metrics.  Through development of this program, the Technical Training Program Manager may be asked to assist in the roll-out and execution of program design at other Valmont locations.  The Technical Training Program Manager will work closely with employees and supervisors to identify training needs and support new and existing employees in developing the necessary skill-sets to be successful in their assigned positions.

Essential Functions:

•         This position reports into the Welding Engineering Manager for North American Pole Operations and has no direct or indirect reports.

•         Ability to travel up to 50%, including overnight stays, in North America.

•         Responsible for developing, implementing, and executing welder training for new and existing welding staff.

•         Assist in the selection process of new, entry- level welders and participants in Valmont’s welder training program.

•         Must be able to train on topics including, but not limited to manipulative skills to weld, knowledge and understanding of the process and equipment, safe welding, metal cutting practices, and blueprint reading with welding symbols.

•         Responsible for the direction and leadership of the welder training program. Must evaluate surveys, scores and key metric data to ensure direction is aligned with key stake holders, and company initiatives. 

•         Prepares performance-based objectives and outlines for course of study. Develops annual goals for program improvement; revise and update program curriculum as needed.

•         Organizes program of practical and technical instruction, including demonstrations of skills required in welding professions, and lectures on theory, techniques, and terminology; prepares outline of instructional programs and studies and assembles materials to be presented; reviews with supervisors and key stakeholders, as needed.

•         Presents subject matter to students, utilizing a variety of methods and techniques, such as lectures, discussions, or demonstrations; ensures use of classroom time is organized and that instruction and clean-up can be accomplished within the allotted time.

•         Initiates purchase requisitions for supplies, materials, and equipment following procurement policies and procedures; ensures preventive maintenance program for equipment is in place.

•         Develop and implement creative training content and lab activities.

•         Maintain the curriculum and deployment of revised training materials. 

•         Lead train-the-trainer sessions with supporting instructors to assist in execution of the program.  Regularly audit and evaluate trainers and training effectiveness.

•         Assist with equipment setup, specification, and management of current sites, as well as setup and configuration of new sites.  Regularly audit program sites to ensure consistent and effective delivery of training and positive results.

•         Will provide training on Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), plasma, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), brazing, and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) .

•         Will provide coaching and support to individual employees during the training period.

•         Must be able to recognize safety hazards and provide a safe working environment to trainees.

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

•         Preferred Bachelors with 6+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 8+ years relevant experience or 10+ years of relevant experience

•         Knowledge of and experience with the following welding processes: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), plasma, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), brazing, and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)

•         Knowledge of flame cutting, plasma cutting and metalizing

•         Knowledgeable of welding processes, certification codes and standards, blueprint reading and shop math

•         Working knowledge of instructional theory, basic education principles, practices and methodologies, the developmental process, competency-based curricula, and general classroom and lab practices.

•         Ability to teach and train new employees the necessary skills to become a welder including: manipulative skills to weld, knowledge and understanding of the process and equipment, safe welding, metal cutting practices, and blue print reading with welding symbols

•         Possesses effective written and verbal communication skills

•         Must be tactful, have good interpersonal skills and sound judgment

•         Extensive skills in MS Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)

•         Demonstrate a commitment to Safety through excellent safety practices and behaviors and conform to all Valmont safety policies and procedures

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

•         Associates Degree in Welding Technology and/or Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Education

•         Experience with The American Welding Society Codes D1.1 and D1.5

•         Knowledge of Valmont’s quality procedures, standards, and practices

•         Certified Welding Inspector accreditation (CWI) from The American Welding Society (AWS)

•         Certified Welding Educator accreditation (CWE) from The American Welding Society (AWS)

•         Experience or education in adult education principles

•         Previous experience using an electronic learning management system (LMS) such as Cornerstone

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in an industrial shop setting.  The incumbent is regularly required to stand for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings.    Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time.  50% overnight travel required for this position.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the shop.  The employee is frequently required to move about the shop and site.  Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards when performing manual tasks such as welding. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds in working with materials and equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.   Working conditions may include abnormal temperatures including heat, cold, rain, snow and ice.  Employee may also be exposed to jarring and bouncing, high noise areas, and other job related hazards.  Employees are required to wear all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for the position.


Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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