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Great Promise/WBL Partnership: High School Welding Apprentice Program (Athens, GA)

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Location: Athens, GA, United States
Date Posted: Mar 7, 2020

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Are you ready to build what matters?  Build More Than Machines. Build a Career. 

Caterpillar is partnering with the Work-Based Learning programs in the State of Georgia to offer local students an opportunity to start building a welding manufacturing career.  While working at Caterpillar Inc., you will work in an environment that supports excellence. Apprentice welders will work in welding functional areas to safely build excavators or small track-type tractors. This is an hourly position starting at $10.60/hr.  Must be a Junior or Senior at a Georgia County high school participating in the Great Promise and/or Work-Based Learning (WBL)  program to be considered.


Job duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Operates robotic and manual MIG weld machines.
  • Must be able to inspect own work including quality checks utilizing weld and attribute gages and other measuring tools.
  • Ability to perform in station repair on defective welds utilizing carbon air arc process, grinders, etc.
  • Ability to clear common robotic welding system faults
  • Mechanical job duties may include:
  • Use of lifting devices to move heavy components of weights of more than 35 lbs to position heavy fabricated metal components in weld fixtures.
  • General knowledge of manufacturing, methods, and processes
  • Rotation to various positions within the Job Function area to perform related activities.
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance (wire change, tip/nozzle change)
  • Rotation to various positions within the Job Function area to perform related activities. Must be able to work in a highly structured environment, strictly adhering to provided standard work instructions
  • Follows documented procedures standard work, routings, and blueprints to perform safe and defect free operations to create and machine components.
  • Follows and utilizes CPS principles of 5S, Continuous Improvement Idea Reporting, Waste
  • Elimination, and Standard Work.
  • Keeps work area in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Worker is responsible for process and final inspections
  • Must be able to function as part of a team, willing to be multi-trained and maintain a safe, clean and orderly work area
  • Contributing team member
  • Must have effective communications skills


Caterpillar is committed to excellence in all that we do. As a global, diverse technology leader, Caterpillar has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets.  We are proud of who we are- thousands of people making progress possible around the world.


The Building Construction Products (BCP) Division is a global division of Caterpillar Inc. that employs several thousand employees located at facilities worldwide. BCP has production facilities in the U.S. (Clayton, N.C.; Sanford, N.C.; Athens, Ga), UK, China, India and Brazil. Products designed, manufactured, and distributed by BCP include skid steer loaders, backhoe loaders, compact track loaders, multi-terrain loaders and small wheel loaders.  Athens, G.A. specifically produces mini hydraulic excavators and small track-type tractors; from fabrications to assembly producing a finished product.


BCP is proud to be a family friendly, flexible employer with a very competitive Total Rewards package.  Since 2013, Caterpillar BCP Division has consistently earned the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) "Work-Life Seal of Distinction" for providing a wide variety of workplace policies, programs & practices that support employees across all major aspects of work-life integration. The Athens, G.A. facility was recently awarded the 2016 Georgia Large Manufacturer of the Year as well as the 2015 Safety Performance Award by the Georgia Association of Manufacturers.  The Athens, G.A. facility was also recognized by Caterpillar in 2014 by being awarded the Environmental Excellence Gold Award.


Basic Qualifications:

  • T-fillet break test in the 2F (horizontal fillet) position
  • Limited thickness groove test in the 1G (flat groove) position
  • Must be a state of Georgia High School Junior or Senior in the Great Promise and/or Work-Based Learning Program
  • Must have earned a passing score in the CTAE metal fabrications course
  • Must earn a recommendation from the CTAE welding instructor
  • Must have support of parent or legal guardian
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Must have reliable transportation to the Caterpillar Athens plant
  • Apprentices must be able to work during school year either 6 am-10 am or 1 pm-5 pm to be considered.
  • Must be 16 years of age or older by August 1, 2020

Physical Qualifications (with or without reasonable accommodation)

  • Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods
  • Ability to perform repetitive operations
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs

Top candidates will also have:

  • In good academic standing – 2.5 or better GPA
  • Experience with operating robotic welding systems
  • Experience with blueprint reading
  • Experience working in manufacturing or welding environment
  • A good discipline record
  • Intermediate proficiency in welding skills (i.e. MIG, TIG, etc.)
  • Proficiency in reading AWS welding symbols

Additional Information:  Resumes are highly encouraged for all applicants. This is an hourly welding apprenticeship position starting at $10.60/hour and has multiple openings that will start in either June 2020 for summer or August 2020 for fall school year. Apprentices will work approximately 40 hours/week in the summer and 20 hours/week during the school year.  Apprentices must be able to work during school year either 6 am-10 am or 1 pm-5 pm to be considered.

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). 

EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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Mar 7, 2020


United States