Vermeer Corporation Weld Engineering Technician (2nd Shift) in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do MoreTM.

Job Summary

The Weld Engineering Technician is directly accountable to provide trained welders for production. This role strives to provide immediate feedback to engineers on testing of new prototype parts and failure analysis for warranty and feedback to engineers on potential areas of re-design.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Perform metallurgical tests on prototype and failed parts to assist Welding Engineer in failure analysis. This consists of grinding and polishing metallurgical samples, calibration, and use of optical emission spectrometer to determine chemical.

  2. Consult with other departments to answer welding procedure questions, welding productivity, blue print questions, questions about lab testing capabilities, welding processes, welder training, welding safety, and personal protection equipment.

  3. Train new welders in all welding processes (fill in for full time instructor). This instruction is 90 hours in length, 45 hours of classroom and 45 hours of hands on training. Classroom instruction includes blueprint reading, job safety analysis instruction, weld quality acceptance, welding symbols, wires and gases, and process theory.

  4. Write failure analysis reports for engineering personnel explaining the testing methods conducted, observations, cause of failure, and recommendations. Reports include charts, graphs, and photographs.

  5. Evaluate internal and external applicants for welding positions. Direct welding tests, blue print tests, and measuring tests.

  6. Order supplies for welder training, metallurgy lab, and office supplies.

Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma required.

  • 5-10 years welding experience; and/or combination of education and experience required.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of welding processes, metallurgy, and training and quality improvement

  • Ability to operate Buehler Micro-hardness Tester, Buehler Abrasimet Saw, Ecomet 6, Mars Material Archive system, Unitron Macroscope and Microscope, Optical Emission Spectromter, Mag-particle test equipment, combustion test kit, Brinell Tester, and other welding equipment.

  • Ability to provide recommendations concerning product development from metallurgy lab testing.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers and co-workers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to produce accurate, professional and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  • Demonstration of good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to develop log system for metallurgy testing lab.

  • Ability to effectively manage the metallurgy testing lab.

Essential Functions

Standing: Frequently

Sitting: Frequently

Walking: Frequently

Hand Coordination: At least average/bilateral

Twisting: Rarely (up to one minute in position)

Bending: Rarely (up to one minute in position)

Elevated Work: Rarely (up to one minute in position)

Squatting/Kneeling: Rarely (up to one minute in position)

Climbing: Rarely

Pulling: Rarely (up to 80 lbs) Occasionally (up to 20 lbs) Frequently (up to 10 lbs)

Pushing: Rarely (up to 80 lbs) Occasionally (up to 20 lbs) Frequently (up to 10 lbs)

RH Grip: Rarely (up to 80 lbs) Occasionally (up to 20 lbs) Frequently (up to 10 lbs)

LH Grip: Rarely (up to 80 lbs) Occasionally (up to 20 lbs) Frequently (up to 10 lbs)

RH Pinch: Rarely (up to 15 lbs) Occasionally (up to 5 lbs) Frequently (up to 2 lbs)

LH Pinch: Rarely (up to 15 lbs) Occasionally (up to 5 lbs) Frequently (up to 2 lbs)

Floor to Waist Lift: Rarely (up to 50 lbs) Occasionally (up to 20 lbs)

Horizontal Lift: Rarely (up to 50 lbs) Occasionally (up to 20 lbs) Frequently (up to 10 lbs)

Waist to Crown Lift: Rarely (up to 40 lbs) Occasionally (up to 5 lbs)

Certificates, Licenses, Registration

Certified Welding Educator with the American Welding Society and Certified Welding Inspector with the American Welding Society.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Why Vermeer?

Our reach is global, our impact is personal. By joining Vermeer, you won’t just be making the right step for your career. You’ll be making a real, personal impact on our people, our customers and our world.

Impact Our People: You’ll find teams of hardworking people who take pride in their work, pride in each other and pride in the principles that guide them. Our team members are diverse, talented and driven to continuously learn, improve and innovate, both for our company and for their careers.

Impact Our Customers: Whether our customers are operating small stump cutters in their backyard or giant surface mining equipment in Australia, they make progress happen. Our team members are constantly turning up new possibilities and collaboratively innovating to keep our customers and the people they serve on the leading-edge of progress around the world.

Impact Our World: At Vermeer, we believe in giving back and helping people and communities. We’ve held that belief from our founding in 1948. Our reach extends from offering impressive benefits that help our team members and their families live well, to supporting our local communities through volunteer and community investment programs. Our impact is also experienced by the way our customers use Vermeer products to make a difference. Vermeer equipment is used all around the world to keep people connected to life necessities, such as water and electricity, harvest the feed that nourishes a vibrant food supply and effectively manage precious natural resources that improve our quality of life.