ABOUT WALLA WALLA FOUNDRY
Walla Walla Foundry is one of the largest fine art fabricators in the world. Originally founded in 1981 as a bronze casting foundry, it now employs around 100 people and produces work in a range of materials and through multiple processes.
ABOUT FABRICATOR POSITION
The Fabricator position requires operation of state-of-the art manufacturing equipment, including TIG, MIG, and Pulsed Arc welding machines, as well as precision fixturing and inspection tools. The Fabricator works on project teams to accomplish sculptures per the artist's vision. Sculptures can range in size from small up to 50 feet tall. As the sculptures increase in size, so do the complexity of the art projects— weight and size considerations, rigging, safety considerations, collaboration, teamwork and problem solving. In this dynamic, fast-paced environment, the Fabricator will strive to improve fabrication processes and raise awareness of process shortfalls by working closely with manufacturing engineer, project managers, peer welders, and other team members. Being technically competent and able to be nimble, flexible and proactive with communication and feedback are key success factors. Success will be rewarded by professional growth within the company and in the personal satisfaction of creating monumental contemporary sculpture.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Be proficient in complex custom fabrication with the ability to create custom jigs and fixtures as needed
- Be proficient in working with specialty alloys such as 300 series stainless, silicon bronze, aluminum, copper, zinc and brass; as well as, wood, resins, epoxies and composite materials
- Perform all types of grinding and finishing skills to Walla Walla Foundry standards and inspect work to tolerances and specifications called out
- Execute welds and work to an extremely high standard, in an efficient manner
- Interpret, perform, and pass inspections for all structural welds
- Reliably meet or exceed estimated production times
- Participate in and/or lead small project teams to foster a high level of performance in others
- Setup welder current, amperage, and gas flows to specified setting
- Select electrode type, set tips, and weld to specifications to obtain proper penetration, fusion, and strength
- Maintain welder and equipment; Follow protocols to request tools or materials needed in advance, to support production efficiency
- Operate fork truck, pallet jacks and overhead cranes. Safely and efficiently move and handle sculptures or parts in process
- Follow all safety policies and procedures, including wearing required PPE and keeping safety as a key element when planning and/or executing work.
- Practice good housekeeping, maintaining work equipment and work area in an orderly and safe fashion
- Participate in leadership committees such as safety committee and employee volunteer programs
- Other duties as assigned
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- High school graduate (or equivalent) and two or more years of related work experience
- AWS D1.1 and D1.6 certified or able to pass exam within 30 days of hiring.
- Demonstrated proficiency in GTAW and GMAW welding
- Ability to read and interpret blueprints and welding, engineering and material specifications. Able to recognize standard AWS weld symbols
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Must be able to communicate effectively and work in a cooperative manner to support a positive team environment
- Engage in active dialogue with project managers and project leads to ensure quality control standards of all unique projects are being met. Must be able to flexibly move between and understand quality control needs of differing projects as needed.
- Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects concurrently
- Provide accurate time estimates and expertly juggle multiple priorities to complete work, with acute attention to production benchmarks and deadlines
- Actively troubleshoot and solve problems, research solutions and ask for input when necessary
- Maintain focus on uptime, optimizing workflow and reducing delays in production.
- Be reliable, with strong time management skills- able to manage own time and projects with minimal oversight/supervision
- Maintain the mental and physical flexibility to work comfortably with regularly-changing work priorities
- Approach with a safety-first mindset
- Must be able to read, write, and communicate in English well enough to accurately follow detailed written procedures and work instructions as well as record and review data; clearly document your work, and talk with fellow workers and managers.
- Comfortable with and able to learn new technology and programs including iPad, navigating on the web or through apps and reading/responding to email
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical demands include the ability to stand, bend and twist over long periods of time, and engage in repetitive motions of feet, arms and hands. Ability to operate foot controls and to grasp/pinch with hand(s) is frequent. Must be able to work at heights, including climbing ladders and working from scaffolding and/or lifts. Must be able to kneel, bend and work in small spaces and/or in close proximity to other fabricators. Must have the ability to push/pull, lift and carry up to 25 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
Environmental conditions can be loud, dusty and/or smoky. Temperatures can swing with the weather from very cold to very hot. PPE required and worn daily—ear protection, safety glasses/goggles, face masks/shields, full respirators, protective clothing, sturdy boots.
Regular Foundry working hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Often, the metal shop starts their shift at 5 am and/or works until 5:30 pm. Being available to work a 5 am start and/or a weekend shift is required. In general, meal break is 30 minutes; breaks every two hours worked.
WAGE AND BENEFITS
Walla Walla Foundry benefits include a generous health/dental/vision care package (health insurance paid 100% by the Foundry for employee, 50% for dependents), 401(k) Plan with employer retirement match, Short and Long-Term Disability Plans, and paid time off. Starting Wage for an experienced welder is DOE, $19-26/hour.
HOW TO APPLY
Complete the online application through the link below to attach your resume (required). Introductory letter is optional but encouraged. Paper applications also available.
Walla Walla Foundry requires a post-offer drug test (screen includes THC) and background check.
The Walla Walla Foundry is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.