Welding & Fabrication Laboratory Technician

Chesapeake College   Wye Mills, MD   Full-time     Other
Posted on September 19, 2023
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Primarily responsible for all laboratory preparation for Welding and Fabrication courses and for ensuring safety in the Welding, and Manufacturing laboratories on the Wye Mills campus, Caroline Career and Technology Center (CCTC) and the Mobile Welding Classroom, as well any modular instructional labs. Laboratory preparation ranges from ordering and maintaining the necessary supplies and equipment for each laboratory class to having such materials prepared in an advanced, organized manner in order to meet the laboratory schedule of each full- and part-time Instructors in Welding & Fabrication Program.

Laboratory safety includes but is not limited to assuring that the Welding & Fabrication laboratories are in compliance with current state and federal regulations and being present to assist the Instructors as needed during the designated laboratory hours. Establishing and enforcing lab guidelines and procedures to ensure compliance with industry standards.  

The Welding & Fabrication Laboratory Technician works under the supervision of the Skilled Trades Department Chair. The full-time position involves thirty-five hours per week. Scheduling is flexible, and will require some evenings or occasional hours outside traditional work week. A valid Maryland Driver’s license is required for the position.

 Opportunities for teaching and instructing may exist at the discretion of the Program and Department Directors.            


Examples of Duties


  • Order supplies, materials, equipment and parts for the welding & fabrication laboratories at the Wye Mills campus, Caroline Career and Technology Center (CCTC) and the Mobile Welding Classroom, as well any modular instructional labs and ensure good repair/condition of supplies and equipment.
  • Comply with state and federal safety regulations, including testing and record keeping for required safety equipment and procedures, and proper disposal of consumables and carcinogens.
  • Work with departmental faculty and staff to establish lab procedures for operation and use of facilities and equipment including credentialing, organization and compliance with relevant health and safety regulations.
  • Provide input to the Skilled Trades Department Chair concerning development and maintenance of the trades department budgets as pertaining to maintenance, material and operational costs.
  • Prepare materials and/or coordinate preparation for each of the different welding laboratory classes.
  • Assist the Skilled Trades professor(s) as needed/requested during designated trades classes/laboratory hours.
  • Orient new adjunct instructors and communicate with adjuncts regarding processes and protocol.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Troubleshoot equipment issues and malfunction.
  • Participate in professional development to ensure currency in the field.
  • Communicate with the College’s Safety Officer regarding maintaining a current Chemical Inventory List (CIL). Maintain and update the following inventories, equipment, Tools, Consumable class material, Material Safety Data Sheets
  • (MSDS) and Chemical Inventory List (CIL) – only for the Skilled Trades Department. Update, copy, and distribute the Department laboratory safety rules for each scheduled Class.
  • Assist with training and coordination of daily activities for the part time laboratory assistant and any work-study students.
  • Conduct laboratory tours as needed.
  • Arrange for open laboratories to meet student needs, if necessary.
  • Serve as a Manufacturing and Trades Center building monitor.
  • Coordinate special use of laboratory space with outside organizations as needed. /Serve as a primary laboratory resource person in the absence of the Skilled Trades Department Chair.
  • Welding course instruction at the Discretion of the Program Director.




Minimum Qualifications

A minimum of a high school diploma (or equivalent). Minimum three to five years of work experience in construction or related skilled trades. Excellent communication skills, time management abilities, and good organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple projects independently, with accuracy, attention to detail, and in collaboration with Skilled Trades instructors and staff.

  • Training in safety in the trades working environment (MOSH, OSHA, knowledge of industry guidelines, especially pertaining to Welding, Machining, mechanical and/or construction trades).
  • 3 years of experience with welding, metalworking and machinery tools, including proper operation, set up, repair and maintenance.
  • Perform basic setup and operation of CNC/manual lathes and mills. Mechanical aptitude to conduct preventative maintenance.  Basic understanding of electricity to help facilitate connections
  • Excellent communication skills, time management abilities, organizational skills, and the ability to pay close attention to details are necessary qualifications for this position. The ability to think critically, solve problems, make sound decisions, do independent research, work as a team member, be flexible, and display Initiative are desirable.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.


Desired Qualifications


  • Experience working with CNC, or digital technologies/ ability to perform basic setup and operation of CNC/ manual lathes and mills. Experience with 3D printing highly desirable.
  • Experience working with wood, laminates and plastics also desirable.
  • Experience working in a student centered environment or training program


Supplemental Information


  • Lift heavy-weight metals and travel capability
  • Requires use of hand and power tools applicable to trade
  • Requires close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • Frequently standing, walking, reaching, and use of hands
  • Capable of lifting 50 lbs. from floor to waist
  • Capable of pushing or pulling a weight of 60 lbs. 
  • Climbing stairs – occasionally,  
  • Walking, frequently
  • Travel locally in the five county region required