Sculpture Production Trainee

  • $16.00 - $18.00/hour
    Walla Walla Foundry is one of the largest fine art fabricators in the world. Originally founded in 1980 as a bronze casting foundry, it now employs close to 100 people and produces work in a range of materials and through multiple processes. The foundry casts in various alloys, including bronze, aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel and silver.  It also produces work in wood, resin, glass and wax.  It houses an advanced technological infrastructure encompassing a digital design and modeling department, three high resolution five axis CNC machines, 3D Printing, 3D scanning, and high precision water jet cutting services.   Information about the Foundry is available at

    This position is the entry point for craftsman, artists and workers interested in a career at the Foundry.  The trainee will work in multiple sculpture production departments under the guidance of project managers, department managers, and project team leads.  As a new trainee, depending on your work experience/interest and Foundry project needs, you will be placed in one of five production areas:  1) Paint Department 2) Mold making, 3) Wax pattern pouring and tooling, 4) Layout and fabrication of sprue system for metal delivery to pattern, 5) metal casting preparation and chasing.  Additionally, trainees may work under direction of crating staff in the construction of steel platform and wood crates for monumental contemporary sculpture, as well as warehouse work related to mold storage and organization.    This position is not static— the projects change, so do the tasks and work assignments.  It offers the opportunity to cross train and obtain experience in a variety of tasks related to foundry production.  
    The Sculpture Production trainee 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. 

    • Assist skilled production workers with projects as assigned.
    • Perform tasks involving physical labor for building projects. May operate a variety of hand and power tools, clean and prepare sites, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble/debris and remove waste materials. 
    • Operation of man-lift and material moving equipment (forklifts, etc.)
    • Routinely follow work instructions to perform tasks.  May be required to interpret the results of certain test procedures, troubleshoot and repair parts when necessary, and refer situations outside of instructions to the supervisor.
    • Achieve and maintain quality and productivity standards while maintaining strict adherence to safety protocols.
    •  Follow all safety and health policies and procedures, including wearing required PPE and keeping safety as a key element when planning and/or executing work. 
    • Other duties as assigned
    • High school graduate, or equivalent.  Technical school (such as welding, paint, construction) and/or Art School preferred.   
    • Experience using a variety of hand and power tools preferred.
    • Experience working in a fast paced production environment preferred.
    • Ability to perform basic math calculations and metric tapes.
    • Maintain the mental and physical flexibility to work comfortably with regularly-changing work priorities.
    • Demonstrate manual dexterity, steady hands, strong hand-eye coordination, and skill to work on finely-detailed items.
    • 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. 
    • Performs duties in a safe manner and follows all safety procedures
    • Ability to work both independently and as a team member to complete daily activities.
    • Strong sense of urgency to work effectively in a deadline driven environment.
    • Comfortable with and able to learn new technology and programs including ipads, navigating on the web or through apps and reading/responding to email.
    • Must have the interest and ability to advance to higher positions with experience. These positions will require greater use of math, reading, and technical skills such as reading engineering drawings, troubleshooting equipment and manufacturing issues.
    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 50 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally.   Use a lift assist or assistance from co-workers when lifting over 50 lbs.  Must be able to push/pull a weight of 60lbs.  Must have grip strength of at least 50 lbs.
    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.  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.  
    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:  $16-18, depending on experience.

      TO APPLY: 
    Complete the online application through the link below to attach your resume and/or cover letter (cover letter optional)  Or email deirdre@wallawallafoundry or call 509-522-2114 x311 to request a paper application.  Please do not come to the Foundry to request an application—during this health crisis, our campus is “closed” to all visitors.  

    Post offer background check and drug screen required.  

    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. 

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