Welder, Lead - Iraq in Baghdad at PAE

Date Posted: 9/23/2020

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Welder, Lead - Iraq

The Welder, Lead will be based at Union III site in Iraq which serves the Operations and Maintenance Support Services (OMSS) contract in support of the U.S. Department of State. This position will take ownership of all facility welding and related fabrication projects. This position reports to the site’s Supervisor. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Comply with all Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.  Provide information and materials to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.
  • Maintain welds on various items using a variety of welding processes such as; arc, tungsten inert gas, metallic inert gas, and brazing.
  • Repair metal surfaces (doors, drain covers, fences, motorized gates, grates, railing, furniture, tools, parts, etc) for the purpose of ensuring safe and efficient use of items.
  • Install various welded items for the purpose of completing projects safely and within established time frames.
  • Maintain shop, equipment, tools, vehicles, etc. for the purpose of ensuring the availability and functioning of required items.
  • Coordinate with supervisor and other trades personnel for the purpose of completing project/work orders efficiently.
  • Request welding equipment and supplies for the purpose of maintaining inventory and ensuring availability of required items.
  • Assist other trade personnel as required.
  • Respond to emergency situations as needed and /or assigned for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
  • Transport various items to job site.
  • Work under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods.
  • Operate equipment used in welding and metal fabrication
  • Plan projects; prepare and maintain accurate records; and adhere to safety practices.
  • Read and calculate dimensions as required to fabricate all welding position layouts;
  • Perform inspections and prepares written inspection reports.
  • Maintain effective, timely, and respectful communication and interaction with other employees, manager, and support other organizations.
  • Perform other administrative tasks when directed, including material ordering, inventory, work scheduling and other administrative report preparation.
  • Be responsible for facility custodianship of work area and management of tools, equipment and spare parts for the welding/fabrication operation.
  • Take initiative to analyze a situation and to make frequent technical decisions based on specifications, safety and schedule.
  • Perform additional duties and projects as assigned. May be required to assist other trades as needed.


  • Minimum Acceptable Experience Level: Five (5) years’ metal fabrication and welding experience.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of applicable US Codes and acceptable trade practices.
    • Knowledge and experience regarding occupational hazards of the welding trade, related safety precautions and the considerable skill required for welding and the use of welding equipment.
    • Knowledge in the discipline of operations and maintenance (O&M) projects in a desert environment preferred.
    • Good organizational skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make independent decisions.
    • Knowledge of principles and processes involved in supporting contract responsibilities at an overseas facility.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.
    • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
    • Computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel.
    • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.
    • Ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.
    • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information.
  • Education: A high school diploma or GED.
  • Licenses and Certifications: Valid drivers’ license from Home of Record.
  • Security Vetting: Already possess a US Government issued security clearance or Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) or be able to obtain a favorable MRPT certification or US Government clearance prior to being hired is required for the position. Must maintain eligibility at the required certification or clearance level for the duration of the contract.
  • Language Skills: Satisfactory English proficiency to meet job requirements and to adhere and comply with safety, health, and security measures.
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required.
  • Medical: Successfully complete and pass the medical and dental examinations as required by PAE and our customer for deployment to Iraq. Must maintain physical and dental requirements for duration of deployment.


  • Previous welding experience in an OCONUS environment with a multi-national workforce.
  • Certification by the American Welding Society (AWS), or American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with PAE.
  • Experience working with SOW, shop drawings, and blueprints.


This position may be located in a war zone, in an environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be exposed to extreme and austere desert-like environment. Temperatures can reach 120- 130 degrees Fahrenheit/50-55 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Employees must be willing and able to perform regular job requirements in this austere, extreme environment, as well as willing and able to deploy to Iraq for extended periods. Work schedules are a minimum of 6 days per week and 10 hours per day, while some jobs have higher daily and weekly minimums. Employees must be willing and able to perform physical activities including, but not limited to, heavy lifting and moving of items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum; climbing in and out of equipment; crawling; and working outdoors. This includes being able to lift and carry 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time and being capable of running and ‘duck & cover’ during emergencies without putting oneself or others at risk.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

PAE is a drug-free workplace.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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