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Douglas County  5160
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Pay Range 235


This classification performs welding duties associated with bridge construction and maintenance; performs ground work during pile driving; operate and perform routine maintenance on bridge equipment; perform manual tasks. This classification is represented by Teamsters Local 223.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Cut and weld steel members used in bridge construction.

2. Assist in concrete forming of piers and abutments; participate in pouring, vibrating and finishing concrete.

3. Assist in rigging and driving of steel, wood and concrete piles by doing the ground work.

4. Inspect reinforcing steel for placement and quality.

5. Fabricate a wide variety of steel components.

6. Perform repair on assigned equipment; includes minor maintenance and servicing, etc.

7. As necessary: may lead support staff in day-to-day functions of bridge construction and maintenance work.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of equipment, materials, practices and procedures used in maintenance and construction of wooden, steel and concrete bridges; considerable knowledge of methods, materials and equipment used in structural welding; considerable knowledge of minor repair of equipment; thorough knowledge of safety procedures. Skill in: Performing specialized work; performing maintenance on equipment; safe operation of vehicles, equipment and tools used in area of responsibility; safe operation of equipment under adverse conditions. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; ability to work from plans, specifications, blueprints and re-enforcing steel details; interpret and use plans, specifications and blueprints; estimate time and materials and manage time efficiently; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, contractors, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Four years experience in bridge maintenance and construction relating to wood, concrete and steel construction OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon Class A commercial driver=s license with tank and air brake endorsements and have a valid structural welder certification.


This classification works with supervision from a operations and maintenance leadworker or supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employees estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Employees may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedure; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; equipment operation and maintenance manuals; welding reference materials; plans, specifications and blueprints; work zone traffic controls; OSHA standards. Employee uses reasonable judgment, generally follows established guidelines and refers to supervisor in emergency or unusual situations.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in a welding shop and on the County road and bridge system. Physical demands may include bending, climbing on rough terrain, hearing alarms and voice conversations, kneeling, frequently lifting up to 60 pounds, pulling, pushing, raking, shoveling, twisting, walking, working at heights and working with hazardous material, fumes, poison oak, insects, etc. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A significant amount of driving is required.

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