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CNC Waterjet Operator

Company: Walla Walla Foundry
Location: Walla Walla
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

ABOUT THE WALLA WALLA FOUNDRYWalla 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 over 100 people and produces work in a range of materials and through multiple processes. The foundry casts in various alloys, including bronze, 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.ABOUT THE JOBThe Waterjet operator cuts material that is used in the manufacturing of art and supporting structures, using CNC waterjet, horizontal bandsaw, milling and/or lathe machine. Position is onsite, at Walla Walla Foundry. This is a full-time hourly/non-exempt position. This position works regular Foundry hours, 7am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Regular overtime work (5 am start / 5:30 end) and Saturday work also required, as project deadlines require.

Machine Operation

The primarily responsibility is to operate the CNC Waterjet, including:

Proper set -up and calibration
Set tolerance levels and select cut speeds
Prepare raw material prior to loading machine which could include operating metal working machines and power tools, plasma cutter or skill saw.
Load and unload raw material to Waterjet and bandsaw utilizing fork truck or other lifting techniques

Operate a band-saw on extruded material
Responsible for upkeep and ordering of material inventory in advance of jobs (Material inventory is managed using a web-based Oracle system)Actively troubleshoot and solve Waterjet problems, research solutions, and ask for input when necessary
Focus on uptime, optimizing workflow and reducing delays in production.
Create finished products maintaining high quality standards

Project organization / Approach to work

Provide accurate time estimates and expertly juggle multiple priorities to complete work, with acute attention to production benchmarks and deadlines.
Collaborate with project manager to devise a work plan to efficiently complete project machining tasks
Clearly communicate with coworkers, supervisor clients and outside vendors in a timely and professional manner.
Translate the requirements of detailed drawings and blueprints into parts for production
Perform timely, detailed visual inspection of parts created and make adjustments as needed
Closely collaborate with other Walla Walla Foundry departments including 3D Print, Wax, Foundry, and Metal Shop to optimize workflow
Provide accurate time estimates and expertly juggle multiple priorities to complete work, with acute attention to production benchmarks and deadlines.
Analyze and act on feedback from clients and Project Managers.

Digital/Computer duties (will train, as needed)

Complete required documentation of process and parts created in a thorough and timely manner
Utilize proprietary system to label and track parts through the machining process.
Fix digital files as needed
Utilize CAD and CAM software , specifically Rhino and SigmaNest
Communicate with others via email


Approach work with a safety mindset; maintain work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition
Back-up other departments and areas as needed
Other duties as assigned

High school graduate, or equivalent. AA or technical school machining certificate or other trade school a plus!
Minimum two years related manufacturing or industrial experience. CNC Plasma, Laser, or Waterjet experience desired.
Strong foundation of construction fundamentals a plus, including operating of power tools such as bandsaw, skill saw or plasma cutter.
Must be comfortable with computers and basic programs, including excel or google sheets, email. Basic knowledge of CAD, 3D space desired
Experienced fork truck driver or ability to obtain certification within one month on the job (Foundry will train)
Candidates with minimal experience may be hired as "Sculpture Production Trainee - Avery"


Mechanical aptitude and an interest in machinery required
Strong ability to work in the 3D envelope, with a good understanding of volume, special manipulation, rotation, etc.
Passion and drive to stay up to date with the latest technology and new techniques
Must be able to communicate effectively and work in a cooperative manner to support a positive team environment
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
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.
Must thrive in fast-paced, dynamic team environment
Performs duties in a safe manner and follows all safety procedures

Frequent standing, walking, twisting, lifting and/or moving (up to 25 lbs regularly and up to 50 lbs occasionally. Environment is industrial and can be dirty, dusty, noisy. PPE required and worn frequently include ear protection, face masks/shields, glasses, respirators, and sturdy work boots.

WAGES AND BENEFITSWalla 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: $20-25/hour, depending on experience.

Complete the online application through the link below. Resume and/or letter of introduction (optional)

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. PI197747790

Keywords: Walla Walla Foundry, Spokane , CNC Waterjet Operator, Other , Walla Walla, Washington

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