Grand Rapids Skilled Welders

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Job Type

Temp to Perm

Branch Number


Hourly Rate

$16.00 - $28.00

Work Hours

Multiple Shifts

Experience Required


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Job Description

Apprentice Welders to lend their highly sought-after skills to our clients. As an Apprentice Welder, you will assist Journeyman welders by using hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components. Welders pick the materials to join or cut and arrange them in an appropriate configuration before following a specific design or blueprint to build the desired product. Sometimes you will have to perform specific melting methods on materials like lead bars to complete a project. Welders are also in charge of making structural repairs, ensuring the integrity of the welding equipment is intact, and smoothing and polishing the metal surfaces once welded together. As this position annually generates more demand than supply, we can say without a hitch that we need your talents


  • Unloading and bringing materials to the jobsite
  • Setting up welding leads and grounds
  • Using one or more specific welding methods
  • Studying blueprints or project specifications in addition to calculating the dimensions of the parts being welded
  • Measuring and cutting weld material to desired lengths with a torch or electric saw
  • Inspecting grooves, angles, or gap allowances, using micrometer, caliper, and precision measuring instruments
  • Determining necessary equipment and welding method, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry, and welding techniques
  • Assisting Journeyman with laying out, positioning, and securing parts and assemblies according to specifications, using straightedge, combination square, calipers, and ruler
  • Read and interpret project plans, blueprints and other written instructions and diagrams to perform task at hand
  • Perform MIG, TIG and other types of weld based on project needs
  • Field install welds, including duct work, light fixtures, vents, fans, metal sheeting and other parts
  • Select proper fillers for jobs based on previous experience or project instructions
  • Coordinate with field labor crew for efficient installations
  • Conserve resources whenever possible to ensure budgetary integrity and client satisfaction
  • De-bur and grind metal as necessary to achieve proper surface texture

Qualifications & Experience

  • One year of experience in welding preferred
  • Reliable transportation to and from jobsites
  • Verifiable references to confirm your professional skills and experience
  • Able to focus on details at all times
  • Take pride in your strong work ethic, positive mindset, and desire to improve
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly in order to load and unload materials as well as carry needed tools to and from the jobsite
  • Enrolled, or about to be enrolled, in an apprenticeship course or taking welding classes at a local college
  • Able to withstand varying inside and/or outside temperatures, which may include heat (temperatures above 100 degrees) or cold (temperatures below 32 degrees), in addition to fumes, odors, dusts, and gases
  • Current and valid certification a plus
  • Experience working on construction sites and with power tools
  • Knowledge of construction site best practices and safety procedures

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PeopleReady Skilled Trades is a specialized division of PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI). Since 1987, we have connected tradespeople and work across a wide range of trades, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding, solar installations and more. Whether you need a single tradesperson or require a coordinated effort to dispatch skilled workers across multiple projects, we ensure you have the right people with the right tools, on-site and on time.