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Welder (Bridges)

Job description

We are currently looking for a Welder (Bridges)

A little about us…

With over a century of engineering expertise and innovation, KNDS UK (formerly WFEL Limited) is a renowned world leader in rapidly deployable military bridging systems and a key partner in the UK MoD’s Boxer armoured vehicle programme.

We are proud of our heritage and our reputation of providing the highest quality engineering solutions for over 100 years. As a trusted partner to military customers around the world, our employees are the very heart of our company. We have a skilled and experienced workforce dedicated to achieving excellence in all areas of the business from Engineering to Project Management, Business Support to Operations.

As our business evolves, we are looking to strengthen our workforce with talented and motivated individuals across a range of disciplines to work from our Northwest Engineering Centre of Excellence and currently have this opportunity available:

About the role…

This is a great opportunity to join a world-class organisation, delivering a secured long-term contract to the UK MoD. The core purpose of this job function is to work as an Aluminium MIG Welder in our state-of-the-art facility as part of a dedicated team to manufacture equipment for the defence industry. Operators will be required to use jigs and fixtures to manufacture components complying with engineering drawings and work instructions.

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Compliance with the Environmental, Health and Safety Policy and identify health and safety hazards prior to the start of work.
  • Welding Aluminium using MIG in line with weld procedures and drawing requirements.
  • Reporting via approved Maintenance Reporting Procedures any equipment fault or unusual occurrences.
  • Using drawings, work instructions to complete all tasks and ensure through visual/non-destructive inspection that the fabricated component conforms to the drawing.
  • Using hand tools and the appropriate measuring instruments to each task.
  • Completion of European qualification of welder approval tests on a regular basis.
  • Ensuring personal safety and the safety of other employees is not compromised by their actions and to apply all applicable safety requirements in compliance with regulatory agencies.
  • Booking of hours performing duties on a MRP (Materials Requirements Planning) system, SAP.

What we’re looking for…

With a Recognised Time Served Apprenticeship in Welding or a similar discipline and also have an NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline or equivalent. You should hold Welding qualifications to ISO 9606 parts 1 and/or 2, and holding ISO 14732 is desirable. We also need you to have previous experience of practical welding/fitting in a heavy manufacturing or fabrication environment.

What you can expect from us…

We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2018 and achieved their Silver Award in 2020 which means that we actively support and encourage service leavers, reservists and cadets to join our team, recognising military skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process. When you become part of the KNDS UK team, you will enjoy employee benefits such as:

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive pension (4% employee contribution, 7% employer contribution)
  • Flexible working
  • Half day Friday
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Company sick pay scheme which increases with service
  • Free unreserved car parking

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply by clicking the link at the top of the page or email your CV with a cover letter to .

We look forward to receiving your application!

Please note that we have a Preferred Supplier List in place and we will contact agencies directly should the need arise – any unsolicited CVs received via an agency will be accepted with thanks but without fee.

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