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Requisition Number 16-0318
Post Date 11/8/2017
Title Thermal Systems Tech - Welder-Fitter
City Maui
State HI

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The NSO Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Project has immediate openings for two Thermal Systems Technicians- Welder/Pipefitters. These positions are located at the DKIST construction site on the Haleakala summit on Maui

The Welder/Pipefitter plans and applies a variety pipefitting methods and equipment, demonstrating a thorough understanding and working knowledge of piping codes and practices. Utilizes a strong familiarity with pipefitting and a general knowledge construction standards and practices to complete work. The Welder/Pipefitter also plans and applies a variety of electric resistance welding methods and equipment, demonstrating a thorough understanding and working knowledge of welding codes and practices. Ability to modify welding procedures, and recommend the most suitable metals and alloys for new or experimental applications.  Expected to perform in their areas of expertise, as well as other trades as project priorities dictate.

Essential Functions:

  • Ability to expertly weld small and medium bore pipe of various metals and alloys. Soldering and brazing of copper pipe is also required.
  • Do complex mechanical installations per engineering direction.
  • Read construction drawings and specifications.
  • Layout and install piping, equipment, and other mechanical systems in compliance with construction drawings and specifications.
  • Mark up construction drawings and specifications with ‘as-built’ status.
  • Set a good example for others through good attendance, coming to work on time, and maintaining a high level of quality workmanship.
  • Work with Thermal Systems Engineers and Site Construction Manager to order tools, equipment, supplies, and materials necessary for the group’s job requirements following company policy and process
  • Ability to learn basic computer skills to communicate via email, document daily work and progress, and track procurements and status.
  • Work in conjunction with other crews and leadpersons; treat everyone with respect, including DKIST staff and Contractors.
  • Maintain good communications with supervisor and other crews lead persons.
  • Be aware of safety issues and practices, working in a safe manner. OSHA 10 hour safety course would be a plus.
  • Maintain responsibility for all tools and equipment assigned to the group. All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else. This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.
  • Graduation from high school, military schools, vocational school, recognized craftsman apprenticeship program or equivalent.
  • At least five to ten years of experience in a combination of two or more skilled trades including knowledge of and ability to use tools materials and methods.
  • Current welding certifications. Recently expired certifications may be acceptable contingent upon the ability to successfully requalify prior to employment.
  • Fluency in English usage, spelling, and grammar.
  • Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to prepare brief reports and maintain records.
  • Willingness to actively participate in team safety meetings and adhere to (and advocate for) safety procedures and protocols. OSHA 10 hour safety course would be a plus.
  • Sensitive to and respectful of cultural and environmental issues.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools and mechanisms; b) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms; c) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs or more; d) maintain balance while performing work; e) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs or more.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
  • Ability to work at 10,000’ elevation, sometimes during inclement weather.

AURA/NSO offers an excellent compensation/benefit package.

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