Wanted: Welding/Fabrication Shop Supervisor

O’Connor Kiln & Dryer, a leader in the rotary equipment service industry, is looking for an experienced Welding/Fabrication Shop Supervisor.

Job requirements: This position requires prior experience in supervising a crew of four to eight employees in welding and fabrication of carbon, and stainless-steel parts. Position requires ability to read blueprints of new and used rotary dryers & kilns, parts and misc. drawings. Shop experience with plate rolls, lathes, milling machines, and CNC plasma table. Six years welding experience preferred. Experience in operating fork lift, scissor lift, and overhead cranes. Valid driver’s license to operate company vehicles. Preferred experience in customer service and knowledge of maintaining shop inventory.

Work week Monday thru Friday, 8:00 to 5:00. No travel required. Shop facility located at 46981 SD Highway 50, 5 miles east of Vermillion, SD. Salary range $40,000 - $60,000 DOE Benefits to include Employee & Family Health Insurance, Simple IRA Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays, Vacation, Military Leave, Funeral Leave, Jury Duty Leave

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The Kiln and Dryer Experts of South Dakota

O'Connor Kiln & Dryer specializes in rotary kiln and dryer maintenance, as well as all other types of drums. We combine the most recent technological tools and machinery with our experienced employees to give you a top-quality professional job at a very competitive price.

Our Services

Construction and Fabrication

We have the ability, equipment, and tools that are necessary to make the proper repairs to ensure that your rotary unit is running as efficiently as it possibly can. We have done all types of construction on kilns, dryers, conditioners, and all other rotary drums. Above all, we are dedicated to giving you quality workmanship with timely completion of your project using honest work ethics. From shell section replacement to new equipment installation, we have trained employees with the experience needed for this type of work.



Most problems with rotary equipment stem from the drum being misaligned. When it is not set to the right slope or is not paralleled, problems may occur. When we align a drum, first we review the drawings to determine the design slope and locations of the tires, trunnion rollers, and complete unit. We measure the diameters of the tires and trunnion rollers. Then our crew will use a Non-Reflective Total Station Instrument that measures angles and distances (Electronic Distances Measuring) to perform the following alignment procedures:


Grinding and Resurfacing

Over time, wear problems are bound to occur with your rotary equipment. Uneven wear on the tire and trunnion may cause vibration, chattering, and poor efficiency. When the tire and trunnion surfaces show severe wear, action should be taken to correct the problem. Lack of maintenance could result in serious damage and downtime to your rotary drum. The damage could go beyond just the tire and trunnion and result in serious damage and downtime to your rotary drum.