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Fabricator & Maintenance Technician at IBHS in Richburg, South Carolina

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Purpose

The Fabricator/Maintenance Technician operates a variety of machine tools and welding equipment. Fits and assembles parts to fabricate, repair, and maintain testing equipment in support of the IBHS Research Center programs.  Assists with maintenance of facility systems, including mechanical, fire suppression, plumbing, industrial heavy equipment, and other building systems as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Review drawings, sketches, and engineering information to determine the material take-off list.

  • Identify best methods and sequence of operations to fabricate products.

  • Operate metalworking equipment such as mig/tig/stick welders, plasma cutter (CNC & Hand Operated), metal cutting saws and general fabrication equipment.

  • Operate brazing, soldering, and welding equipment to cut, solder, and braze metal to join materials.  Cut and shape sheet metal and heat and bend metal to specified shape. 

  • Fabricate, assemble, and modify tooling, such as jigs, fixtures, and templates, as required. 

  • Assemble parts into completed test equipment units, using jigs, fixtures, hand tools, and power tools as required. 

  • Verify functionality of all products before release to engineers and scientists.

  • Routinely clean, lubricate, sharpen, and maintain machines, tools, and equipment.

  • Maintain inventory of wear items, consumables, and stock for both facility and machine shop.

  • Assists with routine facility maintenance.


Problem Analysis - The ability to detect problems, recognize important information, and link various data; to trace potential causes and look for relevant details.

Decision making/Problem solving/Critical thinking - Uses good judgment. Demonstrates ability to recognize, identify, clearly isolate and define problems. Weighs relevance and accuracy of information. Considers alternatives and consequences before making decisions and offers workable solutions. Seeks advice when appropriate. Makes sound recommendations.

Adaptability – Handles day-to-day challenges confidently, adjusts to multiple demands, shifting priorities, shows resilience in adversity, flexible and manages tough decisions.

Builds Relationships – Relates to internal and external customers in an open and friendly manner.  Values teamwork and collaboration.

Focus on Quality – Sets high quality standards and strives for continuous improvement and quality assurance.

Insight - Having and gaining insight into situations, problems and processes. Deconstructing problems and systematically investigating the various components. Having a complete picture of the context and overview of the whole problem. Uses relationships to achieve objectives for the specific situation.

Integrity – Adherence to standards, values and rules of conduct associated IBHS culture. Exhibits high levels of trustworthiness with confidential information or documents.

Learning Ability – The ability to absorb new information from a variety of sources in a short time frame. Can use new information to improve processes and decision making.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Education/Experience – HS Diploma/GED required. Associate’s degree in mechanical field preferred. Certificate from an approved fabricator program is acceptable. Five or more years of experience working with mechanical or technical aptitude; construction, machining, welding or fabrication. Position competencies and KSA’s are typical of a person with 5 - 8 years similar experience.

Computer Skills – Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

Eye-hand Coordination – Advanced ability to work with small parts, such as circuits and wires, soldering and sensors, etc., and install precisely according to written schematics, documentation or verbal instructions.

Hand Tools - Familiarity with or aptitude to learn safe and effective use of machine shop tools, including lathe, milling machine, grinder, cutting torch, band saws, drill press, TIG, MIG, plasma and stick welding equipment.

Language Skills – Intermediate ability to read and comprehend complex written and verbal communications in English. Ability to write very clearly and with attention to grammar and substantive detail. 

Mathematical Skills – Ability to work with higher mathematical concepts, such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Skills – Ability to exercise good judgment under limited supervision. Can apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed, but uncomplicated written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving few concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to deal with “best-of” decision making when choices aren’t always black and white. Ability to multi-task and be persuasive.

Working conditions

Work is primarily performed in a laboratory setting. High level of probability of obstacles in pathways, working indoors or outdoors; working with or around heavy machinery as well as highly sensitive data collection and analytics equipment. Environment involves testing construction related materials. High probability of coming in contact with heavy objects, high powered construction equipment; nails; roofing supplies and materials. Area may be littered with construction or testing debris – use of safety PPE is mandatory in the laboratory area.

Physical requirements

Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

The worker is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

The worker is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level.

  • Visual Acuity – close visual acuity to perform an activity such as computer typing, extensive reading, preparing and analyzing reports, documenting minutes of a meeting.

  • Hearing - Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.

  • Talking - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

  • Fingering - Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.

  • Climbing. Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.

  • Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.

  • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

  • Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time.

  • Walking. Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

  • Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.

  • Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

  • Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.

Direct reports

This position does not supervise others.