Job Description

Helpers will assist welders in erection and repair of API 650 storage tanks or AWWA D-100 water tanks. Tanks are made of steel plates which are welded together in the field.

Essential Functions of the Job

  • It is required that all employees read and exhibit understanding of the TANCO Safety Manual. This is essential for the safety of every employee working.
  • Helpers must have the ability, with training, to handle the placement of steel plates and weldments with the aid of equipment such as cranes, winch trucks, tuggers, tractors, and hand tools such as pry bars, cable or chain, come-a-longs, bull pins and key plates. Helpers will assist the welder in hanging and fitting the shell plates. Helpers will assist in clean-up.
  • Helpers must learn to use oxygen-acetylene cutting equipment. All helpers must be able to climb vertical ladders safely and work on tank shell scaffolding. Under some circumstances the height may be 40 to 50 feet.
  • All helpers must assist welders to install tank shell scaffolding. The brackets are placed on lugs welded to the tank shell. The brackets are physically lifted onto the lugs and the boards are lifted onto the brackets. Boards weigh about 60 lbs. and brackets about 40 lbs.
  • All helpers must have the ability to operate power tools such as 9” grinder, pneumatic buster, chipping hammer, vacuum box and drill.
  • Helpers may be required to wear “self-contained breathing apparatus”. Facial hair and glasses must not interfere with the seal area of respiratory equipment.
  • Helpers will sometimes assist in clean-up.
  • Helpers will typically work as part of a field crew. A Helper must be able to work cooperatively and effectively with field supervisors and other crew members.



When an employee is hired to travel, he/she will be paid an hourly subsistence rate and/or travel pay when assigned to work on many projects. An employee hired to travel is expected to work at whatever locations TANCO Engineering, Inc. feels necessary. At times a traveling employee may be offered a position without subsistence to adjust for local economic marketing conditions.
Subsistence is based on hours worked up to the first 60 hours in a work week and does not (for example) include: vacation, holiday, or down time. The subsistence rates vary by location and are determined by TANCO. Subsistence and travel pay does not apply to employees who were hired for local employment no matter what distance their residence is from the jobsite. If an employee was hired for local work and is asked to travel from the original job site location, TANCO will evaluate the need for subsistence and/or travel pay.
Prior to employment or job reassignment, an employee will be notified whether subsistence is applicable to their position and current assignment. Always check with a tax consultant on appropriate record keeping and the reporting of travel and subsistence payments.

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