Foundry Waxroom Worker

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 over 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.  
This position helps create the system that delivers the liquid metal to the sculpture, a vital preliminary step in the sculpture making process.  Working in collaboration with other Foundry employees in the caging department, this position will take fabricated cages and then create the system within the metal cage that will deliver the metal to the sculpture.  The primary tasks--called spruing and gluing— attach and hold wax patterns in place in the fabricated metal cages.   
  • Execute sprue and glue tasks-- position and attach wax patterns within the cage using a variety of tools and equipment.  
  • While performing sprue and glue tasks, establish proper clearances between all individual parts, necessary gating and feeding systems and structural integrity of the assembly.  
  • Plan out work and execute work within desired timeframe.
  • Achieve and maintain quality and productivity standards while working safely and following all safety policies and procedures.  This includes wearing required PPE like hearing protection and eye protection. 
  • Practice good housekeeping, maintaining work equipment and work area in an orderly, tidy and safe fashion. 
  •  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. 
  • May flow to work in other departments/tasks as Foundry projects and deadlines require. 
  • Participate in Foundry task teams or committees as needed.  
  • Other duties as assigned 
  • High school graduate (or equivalent); 1+ year(s) experience working in construction, industrial or manufacturing position  
  • Preferred working experience includes:
  1. Work in a fast-paced production environment 
  2. Use of a variety of hand and power tools 
  3. Experience in metal fabrication and/or welding 
  • Demonstrable manual dexterity, steady hands, strong hand-eye coordination, and skills to work on finely detailed items.
  • Comfortable with and/or able to quickly learn new technology and programs including ipads, navigating on the web or through apps and reading/responding to email
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work in a cooperative manner to support a positive team environment.
  • Engage in active dialogue with Foundry Dept. manager and project managers to ensure quality standards are met.   
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects concurrently.
  • Maintain focus on uptime, optimizing workflow and reducing delays in production. 
  • Maintain the mental and physical flexibility to work comfortably with regularly changing work priorities
  • Be reliable and dependable to be at work, as scheduled. 
  • Consistently demonstrate strong time management skills- able to manage own time and execute tasks with minimal oversight/supervision and expected timeframes.    
  • 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.
  • Interest and ability to learn and advance to higher positions desired.  
Must have the ability to push/pull, lift and carry up to 10 pounds frequently, 25 pounds occasionally and up to 50 pounds infrequently (likely with assistance and/or other lifting tools).   Physical demands include the ability to stand, bend and twist over long periods of time, and engage in repetitive motions of hands and arms, including grasping and pinching.    Must be able to kneel, bend and work in small spaces and/or in close proximity to other assemblers.   Ability to occasionally work at heights, including climbing stairs and/or ladders.  
Environmental conditions can be loud, dusty and/or smoky.  PPE required and worn daily—ear protection, safety glasses/goggles, face masks/shields, protective clothing, sturdy boots.    Other PPE may also be required, depending on the task. 
Regular Foundry working hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Depending on project workload, the start of shift may be 5 am.  Being available to work a 5 am start and/or a weekend shift is required.  In general, meal break is 30 minutes; work breaks every two hours worked.  
Starting Wage:  $15-18/hour D.O.E.   Competitive, comprehensive compensation package includes health/dental/vision insurance (health insurance paid 100% by the Foundry for employee, 50% for dependents), Paid Time Off, paid holidays, 401k with employer match and more!   
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, religion, national origin, sex (gender), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, family medical history, sexual orientation, gender identify, or other status protected by law.

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