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Metal Fabricator (Fitter and/or Welder)

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26.04 - 31.37 USD

Thompson Metal Fab

Vancouver, WA

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Company - Private

Published 1 day ago

Posted on March 24, 2023

The Pacific Northwest’s premier steel fabricator, Thompson Metal Fab, Inc., is in immediate need of skilled and experienced Welders and Fitters. Serving the Civil, Hydro, Oil & Gas, and custom fabrication industries. We are an AISC, API, AWS, ASME, and WABO certified facility. With 85 years in the industry, we have a reputation of producing some of the highest quality fabrications on the West Coast.

Thompson Metal Fab, Inc. is a union shop that offers outstanding benefits for employees and their dependents. Our Local 16 contract includes, but is not limited to: Paid Holidays PTO, Union Pension Plan, Dental, Vision, and excellent Health Care. We offer two shifts: Day shift 6:30AM-3:00PM Mon-Fri and Swing shift 3:00PM-1:30AM Mon-Thur.

Thompson Metal Fab, Inc is a Veteran-owned, privately held company that is signatory to SMART Local #16 Sheet Metal Workers. Each employee is non-seniority based and valued for their hard work and dedication to the trade and treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Competitive wages start ranging between $26.04 and $31.37, with opportunity for advancement. All levels of experience will be considered for highly motivated individuals that take pride in their work ethic.


    Day and Swing shift FCAW and GMAW-MC CJP welders
    Day and Swing shift Fitters


**All employees must pass a pre-employment drug screen and pre-employment physical. **


    Effectively communicate with management to execute tasks common in the steel fabrication industry in the most efficient and accurate manner
    Collaborate with project lead(s) and / or leadman to ensure the proper weld procedure, type of material, and weld joint are accurately identified for each welding project
    Read and understand shop drawings, welding procedures, and any other instructions for specific projects
    Make a continuous effort to improve operations, decrease process times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively as part of a team
    Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
    Welding and / or fitting various pieces to create small to large scale structures and assemblies
    Check work after completion of each operation / task in job, and / or a completed job, to ensure it is complete and accurate per drawing
    Setup of safety equipment and work platforms at elevation as needed
    Prioritize safety and perform work in a safe and efficient manner


    High school diploma or equivalent General Education Degree
    2+ years experience with FCAW or GMAW welding. Appropriate degree or training certificate can suffice


    2+ years of experience in welding of carbon steel
    Certifications or experience with AWS D1.1, D1.5, D1.8
    Experience with Carbon-Arc gouging
    Ability to read and interpret Weld symbols
    Ability to read and understand shop drawings
    Familiarity with all welding positions – Flat, Vertical, and Overhead. Familiarity with 6G welding strongly preferred
    Knowledge of FCAW, GMAW-MC, SAW, SMAW, welding processes
    Fitter applicants should be familiar with heavy plate and bridge building
    Competency welding CJP welds that are ultrasonically and radiographically tested
    Entry level fabricator positions available for vetted applicants (applicable experience reviewed on a case-by-case scenario)
    Lead and management experience a plus
    Knowledge of standard tools, materials, motions, and practices of the welding trade
    Knowledge of occupational hazards and effective safety precautions of the welding trade
    Experience with overhead cranes, forklifts, and arial work platforms preferred
    Working knowledge of and competency in the use of precision measuring instruments
    Ability to rapidly change roles / responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment


    Must successfully pass 3G and 4G weld test using .052” FCAW process to D1.1/1.5 standards on 1” carbon steel test plates
    Ability to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
    Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) unassisted
    Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings, and climbing hand over hand
    Ability to work at elevated heights
    Ability to work in extreme environments – exposure to heat and cold, similar to being out of doors
    Ability to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
    Day Shift (6:30am – 3:00pm) Monday – Friday with voluntary overtime available
    Night Shift (3:00pm – 1:30am) Monday – Thursday with voluntary overtime available


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact us at 360-696-0811 or

DRUG POLICY. As a federal Contractor, and by Collective Bargaining Agreement, Thompson Metal Fab prohibits use, being under the influence of, or possession of marijuana and other controlled substances.

SAFETY. Thompson Metal Fab is committed to ensuring a safe workplace for every employee. All successful applicants will be required to follow our Ear, Eye, Safety Toe Shoes, and Hardhat protection requirements in shop areas.

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