McLaughlin Body Company
  • McLaughlin Body Co - Production, Rock Island
  • Rock Island, IL, USA


The Weld Engineer Develops welding techniques, procedures, and application of welding equipment to utilize the knowledge of production specifications, properties and characteristics of metals and general engineering principles. In addition, Weld Engineer conduct research and development investigation to develop and test new fabrication processes and procedures or improve existing welding techniques and equipment, develop new or modify current welding methods, techniques, and procedures, discover new patterns of welding phenomena, or to correlate and substantiate hypotheses.

Position is responsible for the coordination of new product launches, providing feedback to product design and the timely resolution of issues on the shop floor. Position is also responsible for developing tooling (design and construction as necessary), and the specification of equipment used in component manufacturing. The role is responsible for building manufacturing processes that meet safety, quality, productivity, and cost and delivery requirements.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

  • Establishes welding procedures to guide production and welding personnel relating to specification restrictions, and material processes.
  • Evaluates new developments in welding field for possible application to current welding problems or production processes.
  • Directs and coordinates technical personnel in performing inspections to ensure workers' compliance with established welding procedures, restrictions, and standards; in testing welds for conformance with national code requirements; or testing welding personnel for certification.
  • Perform experimental welding to evaluate new equipment, techniques, and materials.
  • Provides training for welders, weld inspectors, and quality engineers to ensure each discipline has the required welding knowledge to function in their respective jobs.
  • Maintain existing welding process to Challenge Manufacturing standards
  • Reduce costs through continuous improvement activities that improve safety, quality and productivity.
  • Define recommended welding spare parts.
  • Develop and maintain weld parameter/ setup sheets
  • Support and lead new line launch verification projects and Participate in design reviews for upcoming new projects.
  • Work with Maintenance and destruct staff to maintain and improve weld quality.
  • Trouble shoot welding (specially: GMAW, RSW, and DAW) issue on production tooling.
  • Interface with new equipment vendors and customers (internal and external).
  • Provides testing for potential new hires and/or current employees who wish to obtain a welding position.
  • Performs destructive and nondestructive testing on weld samples.
  • Documents and communicates weld test results with HR and/or Engineering.
  • Provides instruction to current welders on print reading, welding symbols, safety, and welding techniques.
  • Work with operators on production weld lines to improve weld quality.
  • Performs regularly scheduled weld audits to customer quality specifications and documents findings for Engineering and Quality.
  • Audits weld lines regularly to determine adherence to the established weld process.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to address and resolve manufacturing problems, complete Corrective Actions using the 8D methodology, and pursue continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Troubleshoot dimensional and fixture issues on weld lines.
  • Evaluate weld joint design metallurgical and structurally according to AWS
  • Coordinate activities with outside vendors and be willing to travel as necessary to meet with vendors and customers.
  • Identify, analyze and mitigate risk in the manufacturing process by setting controls that prevent and detect failures (i.e. PFMEA)
  • Establish manufacturing operations, work/weld sequence, and process/weld parameters.
  • Establish and assist preventive maintenance measures that lead to consistent part quality.
  • Advances the standardization of manufacturing operations, including setup books, written instructions, engineering documentation, design output and manufacturing instructions.
  • Coordinate, delegate and perform audits that test system effectiveness for Part Quality and Productivity. Be responsible for system breakdown and failure, when controls do not exist or have not been identified.
  • Identify critical operations and establishes process controls that prevent and eliminate errors in the workplace.
  • Stay up to date with the technology of manufacturing operations (i.e. including other shop auxiliary operations) to enhance safety, quality and productivity.
  • Leads kaizen activities for process improvement or system changes, as required by the annual strategic plan.
  • Establish and monitor budget items associated with shop expenses, factory spend, and critical items necessary for the shop.





To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Must be a Certified Weld Inspector
  • Experience with AWS or other relevant welding codes/specifications
  • AWS Certificate required
  • Knowledge and the ability to understand AWS code books D1.1, B2.1, 14.3
  • Knowledge in Robotic welding systems
  • Robust MIG welding skill set
  • Demonstrated familiarity with projection nut and stud welding;
  • Ability to read and interpret prints / weld drawings;
  • Capable of working in a fast paced environment
  • Able to communicate instructions in a professional manner and work with adult learners
  • Must be organized in documenting results using Microsoft Office products
  • Experience with CAD or modeling software preferred
  • Flexible with schedule and able to work independently




The Weld Engineer shall be knowledgeable of safety practices as they pertain to welding, cutting, and joining processes.


The Weld Engineer shall be capable of applying generally accepted engineering principles to the design of welded structures or structures manufactured using other related processes. This includes meeting specific service requirements as well as compliance to applicable codes or specifications.

Welding/Joining Metallurgy:

The Weld Engineer shall be able to demonstrate a practical knowledge of how the different welding processes and pre- and post-welding heat treating processes affect the metallurgy of ferrous and nonferrous materials. This knowledge shall also include an understanding of oxidation-reduction reactions.

Welding, Cutting, and Joining Processes:

The Weld Engineer shall demonstrate a working knowledge of arc welding, resistance welding, brazing, and soldering. The Welding Engineer shall demonstrate working knowledge gas cutting, arc cutting, and high energy beam cutting.

Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Welding/Joining Economics:

The Weld Engineer shall understand quality assurance systems and be able to participate in the implementation of quality assurance programs.

The Weld Engineer shall be knowledgeable in all aspects of quality control. The Weld Engineer shall understand procedure and welder performance qualification, including destructive and nondestructive testing.

The Weld Engineer shall be capable of performing visual inspection of welds and specifying the appropriate nondestructive examination (NDE) methods for a particular weldment. The Weld Engineer shall understand the advantages and limitations of NDE. The Weld

Engineer shall be familiar with the qualification requirements of NDE personnel.

The Weld Engineer shall have a practical knowledge of manufacturing systems, including material control, production scheduling, and quality assurance. The Weld Engineer shall be able to evaluate the relative cost effectiveness of competitive welding/joining processes.


The Weld Engineer shall have a working knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, solid and plane geometry, calculus, and statistical methods




  • Bachelor degree in Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering / Technology or Equivalent (preferred).
  • Certified Weld Inspector
  • Three or more years working in a production welding environment
  • Robotic welding experience
  • Skilled in tooling design for a wide variety of manufacturing operations. Examples include: stamping, trimming, forming, machining, laser, punching, expanding, rolling, welding, benching, etc...
  • Has the ability to create drawings that leads to the procurement of new dies or fixtures for the shop.
  • Must be able to read blue prints (GD&T), interpret customer drawings, and evaluate specifications
  • Must be able to work in teams and demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be well organized, skilled in documenting results and procedures
  • Knowledge and proficient in word, excel, PowerPoint, Viso, MS Project, and ProEngineer
  • Adhere to Quality, Safety and Environmental policies
  • Able to work flexible hours and overtime as required



Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, bend and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical machines and in atmospheric conditions occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate except for when in the production facilities.  Required PPE: When in the production facility; Safety glasses w/ side shields and protective footwear with steel toe are required.  Hearing protection is required in designated areas.

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