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Responsible Welding Co-ordinator Level B

Location: Newton Aycliffe, Durham County, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0012436
Date Posted: Dec 1, 2022
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Your new role

Here at Hitachi Rail we have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Welder to join our Technical Welding team based from our Newton Aycliffe factory as a Responsible Welding Coordinator - Level B. This is a critical role within the business and will work closely to support the Responsible Welding Co-ordinator – Level A (RWC) to manage all welding activities ensuring compliance to the correct standard is always maintained.

As the Responsible Welding Coordinator Level B you will also be responsible for the management of non-conformance and any corrective actions. You will support all external and internal audits in the weld facility ensure Hitachi Rail is compliant to all relevant standards.

Who we are

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

Why Hitachi Rail?

Here at Hitachi Rail we value the importance of all of our employees, if you would like to join our fantastic organisation you could be entitled to:

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual Performance bonus paid on discretionary basis.
  • 25 days holiday
  • Pension scheme with contributions up to 9%
  • Private medical insurance
  • Personal Accident insurance
  • Group Income protection
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme

We also offer additional perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

About you…

Applicants should be able to demonstrate all of the essential requirements listed below:

Skills & Experience

  • Extensive fabrication and welding experience.
  • Knowledge of welding aluminium.
  • Experience of working to the ISO 14731 weld standard.
  • Previous involvement in large and complex projects.
  • The ability to work on own initiative, a self-starter willing to take responsibility for delivery of goals and objectives.
  • Proven ability to multi task and work across production, engineering and quality departments.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.


  • Experience of RWC or welding engineering role
  • IWT/EWT International/European Welding Technologist Qualification.
  • PCN Level 2, Dye penetrant testing.
  • Qualified to HNC / HND level or equivalent in a relevant engineering subject
  • CSWIP 3.1 or above

Role responsibilities include…

  • Responsible weld co-ordinator for the facility at level B.
  • Support all external and internal audits in the weld facility, ensuring compliance to all relevant standards.
  • Management of non-conformance and any corrective actions. Approve re-work instructions, weld map, and support concession creation with the QC department. 
  • Maintain production and change weld maps and ensure, updates within production are accurate and controlled prior to issuing documents to production. 
  • Conduct welding surveillance audits within specified sequences specified in each project Quality Control Plan. 
  • Investigate defect trends and facilitate Improvements per train cycle. Support in the justification for NDT reduction during industrialisation build stages.
  • Support sub-contract yearly special process audits, pre-FAI and FAI activities to ensure the work is executed efficiently and to the correct standard. 
  • Support the teams in developing MIG and TIG welding practices both manual and mechanized. 
  • Supporting new projects: Support Technical Reviews, WPQR, WPS, and Creation of weld maps. 
  • Draft weld procedure specifications and welding procedure qualification records for RWC-A approval. 
  • Coordinate the welder qualification matrix, prolongation, and revalidations. Ensure the welder qualification matrix is live and controlled. 
  • Ensure all weld equipment and selection of weld consumables and materials controlled in the project, as per technical review definition.
  • Provide technical support and guidance for all welding-related requirements.
  • Develop the wider operational team to deliver all aspects of the project/contract requirements.
  • Working with the Quality team quality control plans, before during, and after inspections are conducted correctly and control of records and traceability of welds.
  • Supporting the production team with the planning and execution of welds identifying any areas for improvement.
  • Problem-solving technical and production constraints with solutions.
  • To be aware of and actively promote and implement Hitachi’s ethos, culture, and values.
  • To be involved in Hitachi Rail Ltd staff development and training and participate in PDP procedures.
  • To adhere to the Hitachi Rail Ltd Equal Opportunities Policy. 
  • To comply with and implement Hitachi Rail Ltd Health and Safety policy.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as may be required.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

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