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Intern- Welder at CPS Energy in San Antonio, TX

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CPS Energy is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. Whether as one of the largest solar power developers in the country or by giving customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use, CPS Energy is a leader in developing cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers.

Position Summary

This is a temporary position involving various duties that permit exposure to the student’s field of study and or/provide experience that is useful addition to the student’s education and meaningful preparation for future professional employment. Under immediate direction and under work guidance of Mentor, assist and supports departments in development of business projects.

Intern welder will observe/assist welders as they make weld repairs on boiler tubes, boiler piping, valves, etc. These repairs are made by certified welders using approved specific welding procedures. Intern welder will observe/assist welders as they disassemble, repair and set boiler safety valves and repair or replace other steam cycle valves when they develop leaks. Intern will learn how a Welder performs preventive maintenance on equipment to ensure power plant reliability and safety. Intern welder will observe/assist welders as they manage the welding rod inventory to make sure the materials are stored properly in a heated cabinet to remain moisture free. Everyone’s number one priority of the day is to follow all Safety guidelines and procedures while performing these jobs.

Tasks and Responsibilities

High quality professional day-to-day execution of special projects

Assist in brainstorming and idea planning

Network-Meet a variety of people in your chosen profession through your internship, allowing you to form relationships you can build on in the future

Learn and master internal operations, including but not limited to accounting, event planning, finance, human resources, payroll, marketing, relationship building, customer service, sales, daily operations, etc

Identify areas for process improvement

Make recommendations to leadership for streamlining systems and processes

Research and implement solutions for enhanced efficiency

Ability to manage and organize multiple projects and meet deadlines

  • Attend 6:30 a.m. Safety meetings and perform stretching exercises;
  • Foreman assigns work orders to the journeyman, the intern will accompany the journeyman to get LOTO on equipment, make repairs, clean work area, and return equipment back to operations;
  • The Intern will perform duties similar to welding trainee duties; 
  • The Intern will learn how to identify tools and equipment used in the Welding industry; 
  • The Intern will learn proper cleaning and care for an oxygen/acetylene Torch set, 480-volt welding machine, power tools, tape measure, and hand tools;
  • The Intern will learn how to identify different welding materials and some of the various applications of each; 
  • The Intern must be physically fit and able to lift 40 lbs, climb stairs and ladders as needed;
  • The work area is sometimes on elevated platforms or steel grating with handrails. 
  • Assist journeyman in making repair or replacement of boiler tube.
  • Assist journeyman disassemble and inspect or repair safety valve/s
  • Assist journeyman inspect heater/s for leaks and make repairs as needed
  • Assist journeyman repair and/or replace expansion joint
  • Assist journeyman cut out and replace leaking or damaged valve/s
  • Assist journeyman disassemble regulator valve for inspection and repair
  • Assist journeyman making repairs to bowl mill including replacing cone section
  • Assist journeyman replacing piping in and around plant area
  • Assist journeyman repacking leaking valve
  • Assist journeyman walk down job scope for LOTO process
  • Assist journeyman keep job site clean and free of any hazards
  • Assist journeyman and foreman in keeping rod cabinets full with the appropriate rods
  • Assist in keeping the shop clean and orderly

Assist in keeping portable welding machines full of fuel and oil checked on a regular basis or before or after every use

Minimum Skills

Minimum Knowledge and Abilities

Attend all activities sponsored by CPS Energy during summer employment

Demonstrate an interest in seeking a degree applicable to the utility industry

Have a grade average of "B" or higher

Have an above average attendance record

Must reside in CPS Energy service area

Participate in full-time summer employment with CPS Energy after junior and senior years in high school for 8 weeks each summer.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enrolled in one of the following programs Alamo Academies- Advanced Technology Manufacturing Academy
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Junior in high school
  • Passing all classes, GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate an interest in a technical career applicable to the utility industry
  • Have an above average attendance record
  • Participate in full-time summer employment with CPS Energy for a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • Attend all activities sponsored by CPS Energy during summer employment
  • Must reside in CPS Energy service area
  • Pass a drug test and background screen prior to summer employment with CPS Energy
  • Complete CPS Energy online application. Please Submit with resume your HS transcripts,  letters of reference(2), essays and parent consent form


Communicating Effectively

Learning Quickly

Working Safely

Minimum Education

Junior in High School

Required Certifications

Working Environment

Indoor work, operating computer, manual dexterity, talking, hearing, repetitive motion. Use of personal computing equipment, telephone, multi-functioning printer and calculator. Ability to travel between business related events. Work hours may be extended.

Physical Demands

Office Environment

CPS Energy does not discriminate against applicants or employees. CPS Energy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfers and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. CPS Energy will comply with all laws and regulations.

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