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Welding and Fabrication Technician

Location: Newton Aycliffe, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45859
Date Posted: Sep 17, 2020
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Manufacturing
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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 Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the UK, Europe and Japan? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!


 As a global provider of total railway solutions, Hitachi Rail has a growing international presence and product range. We are leading the largest rail modernisation project in UK history and delivering the UK’s next generation of rolling stock. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.




Your new role


Welding and fabrication of car bodies and sub-assemblies. To include:


  • Carrying out welding activities in accordance with WPS and SOP’s.
  • Working with limited supervision, making decisions based on analysis of work and applying welding skills.
  • Carry out safe movement of Car Body panels
  • Preparation of weld surfaces in readiness for welding
  • Ensure that work is only carried out in accordance with coding / qualification to the correct specification
  • Carrying out weld repairs – Full accountability for weld quality and ensuring self-checks are made to ensure work meets standard.
  • Carry out weld finishing activities.
  • Distortion control including:
    • Address any deformations as a result of the welding process. Restore the structure of the car body to the correct geometry or within the defined tolerance values, in compliance with the technical documentation and company procedures.
    • Compliance with the technical documentation, the PFC and the company procedures that regulate the calibration / correction process
    • Use of the relevant calibration / correction techniques (cold calibration; hot calibration: oxyacetylene / induction)
  • Carry out pre and post weld inspections - inspects own pre/post weld work and has the responsibility to correct to the required standard. Problems encountered may not be routine /defined and need analysis to understand correct course of action.
  • Full completion of and accountability for all weld records.
  • Reporting of any incidents or damages to the Section Leader and taking the lead on problem solving and improvement activities which may include linking with engineering and quality department colleagues.
  • Contribute to building a culture of sharing best practice across the welding team and wider car body function. Support all activity related to training others including design and delivery of training. Share knowledge and experience with others in the team. Assist others with building their skills and experience, including delivering training to e.g. people in other roles, less experienced or new colleagues. 
  • Correct control of weld equipment and associated consumables
  • Adhere to and actively promote correct Health, Safety & Environment procedures.
  • Set and maintain the highest standards of housekeeping in the area at all times.
  • Full knowledge and compliance of area Risk Assessment
  • Monitor, control and minimise waste.
  • Ensure correct extraction is used and execute corrective actions using appropriate company procedures across the area.
  • Support and complete tasks in the assembly area when required
  • Leading and monitoring own progress against the role competency / training matrix and feeding back on status to the Section Leader at various intervals. 
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, creating a positive working environment within the team that harmonises with Hitachi Company values.
  • Continually promote and support the Hitachi culture within the team.
  • Act as an effective team member amongst peer group of technicians.
  • Role model values and behaviours.
  • Deputise for Section Leader when required.
  • To be aware of and actively promote and implement Hitachi’s ethos, culture and values.
  • To be involved in Hitachi Rail Europe’s staff development and training and participate in PDP procedures.
  • To adhere to the Hitachi Rail Europe’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • To comply with and implement Hitachi Rail Europe’s Health and Safety policy.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as may be required



Applicants should be able to demonstrate all of the Essential Requirements listed below

  • Essential Requirements


    Applicants should be able to demonstrate all of the Essential Requirements listed below

    • Able to perform a variety of welding / fabrication tasks including coded welding to relevant standards in TIG or MIG
    • An understanding of health and safety requirements of a working  welding environment
    • Ability to work unsupervised - able to make decisive, informed decisions within the welding environment
    • MIG or TIG welding with Aluminium
    • Excellent dexterity and coordination 
    • High level of accuracy / excellent attention to detail
    • Good problem-solving skills
    • The ability to deliver to schedule
    • A willingness to work flexibly and a positive approach to work and working patterns including shift work
    • Commitment to working as part of a team
    • Maintaining good eye sight
    • Focusing on creating a high quality finished product
    • Being professional and responsible for work area
    • Strong interpersonal / communication skills at all levels
    • Ability to learn new skills to a high standard and train others. To deliver high standard training to colleagues
    • Good numeracy and literacy skills
    • Work closely with and support the Section Leader (including deputising). Have previous experience of deputising for a superior
    • Willing to learn new job skills - Kaizen, 5S and participate in improvement activities
    • Have a ‘Can do’ attitude to supporting both welding and working with other functions
    • Previous experience of working within a team environment




Essential Qualifications

  • MIG or TIG coded qualification


Desirable Requirements


  • Previous experience in welding aluminium
  • Lifting qualifications
  • Train the trainer qualification or relevant training experience

Closing date for applications is 5th October 2020

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