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The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. Fitter/Welder Trainee in Portland, Oregon

Cutting-edge industrial technology meets grit, integrity and passion.

At Greenbrier, we do the hard work that matters. The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE: GBX) is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of freight rail and marine transportation equipment and services, powering the movement of products around the world. Greenbrier's heritage of hard work and industrial innovation is celebrated at every level of our organization.


Under the supervision of the welding instructor, the trainee is taught Shop Safety, the fundamentals of Flux Cored Arc Welding (F.C.A.W.), and basic burning and scarfing. The training program is 6-8 weeks. Upon completing the training program successfully; the trainee will either be transferred to our Rail or Marine department. Training will be conducted indoors; work assignments may be outside in all types of weather and/or covered fabrication bay.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are typical for this role. Other duties may be assigned to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Learn to safely and properly set up and operate welding and burning equipment.

  • Learn to safely produce quality welds in flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions.

  • Learn to fit, tack, and weld component parts in position, and examine welds for adherence to specification.

  • Pass successfully 1/16" flux core wire in all positions with unlimited thickness plate to become Fitter/Welder.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The following generally describes requirements to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period to successfully perform the assigned duties.

  • Basic math skills; ability to convert fractions.

  • Ability to read a tape measure.

  • Ability to follow verbal/written instructions.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude.

  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers/trainers.

  • Motivated to continuously improve and learn new skills.

Experience and Education

*Previous experience is not required. However, a demonstrated interest in welding is advantageous, as well as any previous welding experience at school or work.

*Manufacturing or construction experience is a plus.


The typical work schedule is an 8-hour shift, Mon-Fri. Must be available to work at least two of three shifts (day, swing, or graveyard), preferably all three.



N (Not Applicable): Activity is not applicable to this occupation

O (Occasionally): Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0- 2.5+ hours/day)

F (Frequently): Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5: 5.5+ hours/day)

C (Constantly): Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hours/day)


Sit: O

Stand: C

Walk: C

Bend: F

Kneel/Squat: F

Crawl: O

Climb: O

Reach Forward: F

Reach Upward: F

Handling/Fingering: F

Push / Pull

12 lbs. or less: F

13- 25 lbs.: F

26 -50 lbs.: F

51-100 lbs.: O (with assistance)

Lift / Carry

1-11: F

11-20 lbs.: F

21-50 lbs.: F

50-75lbs.:O (with assistance)

76 -100: N

Working Conditions

  • Work overtime as required (varies, may require some weekend days)

  • Work around traffic and heavy manufacturing equipment

  • Must have the ability to enter and move through manway and tank openings

  • Work at heights on scaffolding and ladders, in dim-lit areas, on slippery or uneven surfaces

  • Exposure to heat, cold, noise, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, toxic chemicals, and inclement weather conditions

Safety Equipment Required

  • Hardhat

  • Eye protection

  • Hearing protection

  • Steel Toed Shoes

  • Respirator

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Company: Gunderson, LLC

Functional Group: Production

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