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The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. Machine Operator 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.


Operate specialty machinery to fabricate and manufacture quality parts according to specifications. Assemble parts for production. Work in a safe and efficient manner to meet production deadlines.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Operate one or more of the following (depending on the assigned area): shears, manual and CNC press brakes, CNC plasma-punch, punches, iron worker, drill press, lathe, milling machines, burning machines and other like machines

  • Maintain and monitor machine to make sure it functions properly

  • Verify adequate materials and supplies are available to complete operations as needed

  • Analyze machine operations and output if applicable

  • Adjust machine as needed for changeovers, different functions, or other varying needs of production

  • Use grinder and edge prep machines

  • Use tape measure to assure parts meet specifications

  • Assemble parts by following assembly drawings

  • Maintain accurate part counts and quality

  • Perform various shop related tasks as assigned by area supervision

  • Utilize various specialty hand tools including tape measures, hammers, sledge hammers, hoists, pry bars, impact wrenches, air compressor paintbrushes, levels

  • Safely perform job duties with little guidance, with a high level of efficiency and accuracy

  • Keep paperwork in order

  • Keep work area clean


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.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude

  • Basic math skills; must be able to read a tape measure and convert fractions

  • Ability to read and understand blueprints

  • Ability to set up machines safely and efficiently

  • Ability to follow safety procedures

  • Ability to follow verbal/written instructions

  • Ability to work autonomously or as part of a team

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

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

  • Motivated to continuously improve and learn new skills

Education and Experience

  • Experience assembling mechanical parts using blueprints required

  • Experience and familiarity with various hand tools required

  • Minimum of 6 months experience in heavy industrial manufacturing environment preferred

  • Machine operating experience preferred



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: F

Stand: C

Walk: C

Bend: F

Kneel/Squat: F

Crawl: N

Climb: F

Reach Forward: F

Reach Upward: F

Handling/Fingering: F

Push / Pull

12 lbs. or less: O

13- 25 lbs.: O

26 -50 lbs.: O

51-100 lbs.: O

Lift / Carry

1-11: O

11-20 lbs.: F

21-50 lbs.: O

50-75lbs.: N

76 -100: N

Working Conditions

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

  • Work around traffic and heavy manufacturing equipment

  • 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


*Eye protection

*Hearing protection

*Steel Toed Shoes


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

EOE including Disability/Veteran