ABOUT WALLA WALLA FOUNDRY
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. It houses an advanced technological infrastructure encompassing a digital design and modeling department, three high resolution five axis CNC machines, Printing, 3D scanning, and high precision water jet cutting services. Information about the Foundry is available at www.wallawallafoundry.com.
ABOUT WALLA WALLA Walla Walla
is located in the southeast corner of Washington State, nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains. Surrounded by rolling wheat fields and vineyards, Walla Walla is known for its iconic downtown, easy access to the outdoors and world-class wine and restaurants.
ABOUT PAINTER POSITION
Walla Walla Foundry seeks an experienced painter to join our Paint Department. The successful candidate would possess several years of experience in automotive, scenic or artistic painting and surface finishing.
Working as part of team, a Painter will prep, prime and apply paint products to contemporary art following Walla Walla Foundry specifications and meeting the Artist’s vision. The paint department was created two years ago to meet the emerging trend in painted/finished sculptures. The painters work out of two buildings—each with a state-of-the-art paint booth—20 and 40 feet.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Follow and understand work, training guides, procedures and acceptance criteria to meet Walla Walla Foundry work requirements
- Prepare surfaces by using a variety of hand tools and equipment which could include hand-sanding, sanding with tools, polishing and/or application of body filler.
- Tape off areas of sculpture that are not to be coated
- Mix and prepare paint; follow and understand Technical Data Sheets and multiple paint system requirements
- Apply coatings as chosen by clients adhering strongly to the final client vision.
- Ability to use HVLP systems with an acute attention to gun set-up
- Using paint brush or other small tool, meticulously paint or apply details to sculpture
- Operate and/or assist in safe operation of 20’ or 40’ paint booths following standard operating procedures
- Critical attention to detail-- address and fix surface flaws and spot repair in a timely manner and/or report inconsistencies and/or defects in material, product or equipment
- Practice good housekeeping; maintain and clean spray guns and related paint equipment
- Approach work in a safe manner; wear required PPE, which could include hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, half-mask or full respirator
- Maintain a positive and professional work environment so that you collaborate with co-workers
- Record surface prep and paint application in written form for replicable execution in future editions of artworks and/or restorations.
- Ability to mix paint products in amounts required and track waste on Foundry inventory systems.
- Operate fork trucks and pallet jacks to safely move projects and equipment
- Willingness to work weekends, dependent on project needs and deadlines. An understanding of the demands of production deadlines.
- Other duties as assigned
- High school graduate, or equivalent
- 2+ years industrial or manufacturing experience that includes industrial paint experience. This could include surface inspection, prep, and paint finishing experience, including ability to perform progressive polished finishes.
- Hand and power tools use
- Fast-paced, production environment
- Artistic finish and airbrushing abilities a plus!
- Forklift, rigging or welding experience not required, but a plus!
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Ability to use HVLP systems with an acute attention to gun set-up
- Possess an understanding of common defects, what causes paint failures, and how to correct them. Able troubleshoot equipment breakdowns and quality issues.
- 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.
- Demonstrated manual dexterity, steady hands, strong hand-eye coordination, and skill to work on finely-detailed items.
- Must maintain the mental and physical flexibility to work comfortably with regularly with changing work priorities.
- Ability to perform basic math calculations and metric tapes.
- 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.
- Perform duties in a safe manner and follow all safety procedures
- Comfortable with and able to learn new technology and programs including ipads, navigating on the web or through apps and reading/responding to email.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
This position requires walking, sitting, crouching or standing for extended periods. Physical demands include the ability to bend, twist and stoop. Constant use of hands/arms required for repetitive motions like gripping, squeezing or holding tools. 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 near other painters and/or production staff. Must be able to push/pull, lift and carry up to 20 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally. May push or pull up to 100lbs occasionally. Must possess high visual acuity and be able to see color.
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 paint department stats 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.
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: $16-26, depending on experience.
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 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.