Welder

In our “desert based economy” we like to do and manufacture (where possible) most things ourselves. This makes us more self sufficient and creates jobs Namibia so desperately needs.

A welder a Wolwedans will do everything possible (and impossible), ranging from making specialized brackets for our wooden pole constructions, pool loungers, garden furniture, erecting sheds, building roof trusses to specialized custom made jobs. And, you will do other work as well as needed. It is certainly not boring, especially if you hail from a place where you have done the same thing over and over again. 

You should be a self starter (working under minimal supervision), be a creative  (think out of the box and find solutions) and be familiar with all types of welding (ARC / MIG  and TIG). And importantly, you should be able and willing to pass on your practical skills to younger welders and trainees.

Key Performance Areas

  • Do widest variety of welding and sheet-metal work as instructed
  • Work in a team of two and follow instructions from senior welder
  • Look after power tools and equipment designated to you at all times
  • Control and maintain inventory and ensure you never run out of material
  • Keep work-places tidy (continuous) and clean up workplace every night 
  • Reading plans and making calculations/measuring is a bonus
  • Any additional artisan skills will be an advantage (i.e. brick-laying/plastering, plumbing, basic electrics etc.

Experience / Knowledge / Skills

  • Qualified welder/sheet metal worker, with at least 3 years (proven) experience in metal/welding work (and contactable references)
  • Ideally experienced in all three disciplines – ARC / MIG  and TIG-welding
  • Thorough understanding of different metals and how to handle them 
  • Thorough understanding of work-place safety and protective clothing/gear
  • Understanding how to handle both hand tools and power tools
  • Professional work ethic (no half jobs, first time right) - minimizing waste
  • Numerical skills for reading plans and doing precision metal work (cutting)
  • Commitment to professionalism and tidiness in the workplace (no slapgat)
  • Good health (fit) and able to carry a load if need be
  • A neat appearance and sober habits (clean track record, esp. with regards to alcohol and drug abuse/challenges)
  • Willingness to pursue further learning and self-advancement (in fields beyond metal works, i.e. carpentry, painting, plumbing etc.)
  • Willingness to pass on practical knowledge to junior welders and trainees
  • Good communication skills (English speak read & write is a prerequisite)
  • Valid drivers license would be an advantage
  • Namibian citizen

Qualification

  • NTA Level 3+ (or similar) qualification would be an advantage, is not a requirement though (what counts is practical experience)

This positions requires setting up temporary residence at Wolwedans, thus applicants need to enjoy the desert flora and fauna of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, and be prepared to work on-site for six continuous weeks at a time.  Contactable references must be supplied, and a probation period is applicable.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  CV’s will not be returned.

We offer employment with purpose as well as competitive packages (including medical and pension), a wonderful working environment, a healthy lifestyle, free board and lodging at Wolwedans, training support and the commitment to look after you to the best of our abilities, and help you grow. That is, if you commit to give your best to us too!

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria may email their CV, together with a covering letter, and a recent head & shoulders photograph to: hr@wolwedans.com

This position is available as of February 2018. An earlier starting date is possible.