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Design Drafter

Valmont Industries, Inc. Valley, NE
28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

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Valmont is seeking an individual contributor position in the Lighting, Traffic & Communication Structures division. We are looking for Drafters with experience in the steel manufacturing and fabrication industry who can work evenings and weekends through the end of the year. The incumbent reads and interprets customer order information. This position processes orders for production and customer submittal drawings, consistent with Valmont standard practices, in the moderate to high range of complexity, and prepares the necessary drawings and other data for the teams, other departments and the manufacturing facilities, as well as interfaces, with direction from the Division Drafting Manager/Drafting Supervisor, directly with other company departments on customer order and manufacturing problems. Customer contact may be required to aid the design/order process.

The Drafting Department is responsible for processing drawings for customers and the manufacturing facilities while maintaining the company objectives for quality and lead-time. This Individual Contributor role must interact with people in all departments in order to maintain amiable and profitable relationships in inter-departmental communication. He/she provides feedback to applicable departments on customer requirements, manufacturing or fabrication changes and drafting procedure changes

The incumbent will read and interpret customer specifications, plans and other order information to determine the format required to complete customer orders. He/she will be responsible for identifying any inconsistent, conflicting or missing customer information and determining the correct course of action to resolve the issues with some assistance from a Division Drafting Manager/Drafting Supervisor or other drafters.

The incumbent shall have a broad knowledge of departmental and company goals, policies, procedures, and the product lines represented. Deviations from these shall be minimal and only when beneficial to the department, division and company.

This position is critical to the results of the department and the division. The incumbent is allowed to establish work routines and/or schedules, within company policies, in order to maintain efficient order flow. He/she may identify, recommend and help develop revisions to standard product designs, drafting procedures and systems to improve the department and the division.

The incumbent is responsible for reviewing all internal documentations for compliance to customer specifications, inconsistent product cost and current manufacturing capabilities. Any identified discrepancies shall be brought to the attention of the responsible department for resolution.

Design Drafter shop releases must be checked by a Division Drafting Manager/Drafting Supervisor, Senior Design Drafter or another Design Drafter. He / She may shop release their own project if pre-approved by the Division Drafting Manager/Drafting Supervisor and all parts are active in IFS. A Design Drafter is allowed to check the work of Associate Drafters, other Design Drafters, Senior Design Drafters and Division Drafting Manager/Drafting Supervisor.

The incumbent will be responsible, with direction from a Division Drafting Manager/Drafting Supervisor or Senior Design Drafter, for making the decisions required for deviation, rejection or re-manufacture of product within the policies and procedures outlined in the Drafting Manual. He / She will contact the responsible department regarding problems with information from that department. Supervision is required for all other decisions.

Essential Functions:

  • This position reports into the site Drafting Supervisor and has no direct or indirect reports

  • This role requires no travel

  • Analyze all information necessary to process an individual order accurately and efficiently

  • Manage the department backlog by monitoring order schedules, providing updates to computerized backlog and meeting "Promises Kept" in accordance with departmental priorities

  • Maintain required productivity output in accordance with departmental priorities

  • Maintain required order accuracy in accordance with departmental priorities

  • Maintain a cooperative and professional attitude in dealing with all departments of the company

  • Maintain and update an accurate filing system of customer requirements

  • Maintain an awareness of current Drafting policies and procedures

  • Maintain an awareness of current manufacturing capabilities and limitations

  • Identify, recommend and help implement changes to standard drafting procedures and systems

  • Identify, recommend and help implement changes to standard designs to improve customer acceptance or reduce product cost

  • Handle special assignments as requested by Drafting Supervisor/Manager

  • When necessary, provide assistance to all departments in the interpretation of customer specification, manufacturing capabilities or drafting procedures

  • Provide technical or drafting support of any department, for any project which will enhance product or company interest

  • Maintain appropriate professional competencies, certifications, licenses, etc., necessary to perform job duties

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • High School diploma and 2+ years of work/educational experience

  • One year drafting experience in division market channel

  • Technical skills in computer aided drafting and basic understanding of mathematics normally acquired through an Associate of Applied Science degree and/or related experience (includes Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry)

  • A solid background in 3-D modeling techniques

  • Previous PC experience a must, including intermediate level knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) and AutoDesk (AutoCAD and Inventor)

  • Understanding of the end use of the product and knowledge of the fabrication and manufacturing processes used to make the product

  • Must be proficient in two or more product lines

  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret customer specifications, plans and other order information to determine the format required to complete customer orders

  • Ability to identify any inconsistent, conflicting or missing customer information and determine the correct course of action to resolve the issues with some assistance from a Division Drafting Manager/Drafting Supervisor or Senior Design Drafter

  • High level of proficiency regarding Valmont's drafting processes and systems

  • Demonstrated strong professional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to keep a positive, professional attitude in a fast-paced environment subject to specific deadlines which must be met

  • Must possess strong problem solving skills, with attention to detail and a number/math orientation

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Drafting

  • Autodesk Inventor 2013 or newer version

  • AutoCAD 2013, PDF (Nitro Pro), Zoom, Inventor 2019, Scientific Calculator and Drafting Equipment knowledge/experience

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in an office setting. The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time. No travel requirements for this position. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. The employee is occasionally required to move about the office. Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds in working with large files, binders, and computer equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.



Valmont offers employees and their families a comprehensive Total Wellbeing benefit package to ensure their individual and family's overall wellness needs are met. Some offerings are dependent upon the role, work schedule, or location and can include the following:

  • Healthcare (medical, prescription drugs, dental and vision)

  • 401k retirement plan with company match

  • Paid time off

  • Employer paid life insurance

  • Employer paid short-term and long-term disability including maternity leave

  • Work Life Support

  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $5,250 per year

  • Voluntary programs like tobacco cessation, Type 2 diabetes reversal, one-on-one health coaching, mortgage services and more

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Date Posted November 20, 2023
Date Closes December 20, 2023
Requisition R19500
Located In Valley, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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