Western Machine Works, LLC is a Portland based precision machine shop specializing in the repair and manufacture of equipment for critical industries such as pulp and paper, wind power, marine, and other heavy industries. We stand out by offering the best engineered solutions and the best customer service in the industry. In 2022 the Portland Business Journal recognized WMW as Top Manufacturing Company for its annual Top Makers & Manufacturers Award.

This position reports to the Engineering Manager and performs the function of managing active projects in a heavy industry, job-shop environment; projects range in size and scope from month-long projects to small scope, quick-turn repairs.

Benefits we offer:

  • Premium salary range: $90,000 – $120,000 / annually depending on experience.
  • Desirable 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off.
  • COLA (Cost-of-Living-Adjustment) contribution annually. This is a unique benefit added to the base salary to assist with inflation and cost of living increases.
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage.
  • 5% 401K Matching Plan.
  • Life, Long Term, and Short-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Yearly Bonus Plan.
  • PTO (Personal Time Off).
  • 11 Paid Holidays.


  • Actively manage all aspects of multiple projects from start to finish including:
    – Cost estimating
    – Writing detailed work instructions
    – Project timeline
    – Project cost analysis
  • cost estimating, writing detailed work instructions, work scheduling and project cost analysis.
  • Interface directly with customers, shop personnel, sales and marketing personnel, purchasing agent, and others
  • Inspection and evaluation of heavy industrial equipment to determine required repairs and upgrades
  • Understanding of stress analysis calculations, engineering drawings, machine shop design, and manufacturing procedures
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with critical timelines
  • Work on site in Portland, Oregon. This position does not require travel.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or related) from an accredited 4-year college
  • Minimum 2 years working experience in a related engineering field
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrates high urgency and strong motivation
  • Work on site in Portland, Oregon daily. Remote working is not an option


  • Knowledge of machining practices and precision measuring
  • Knowledge of materials
  • Knowledge of paper and pulp equipment desirable
  • Hands-on machining/fabrication experience a big plus
  • Experience in MS Office including Teams and Excel
  • Experience in ERP such as E2 Shoptech or JobBOSS2

This job entails work in both an office and manufacturing setting; integrating with highly skilled tradesmen, sales engineers, and office staff. You must be team oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment. Western Machine Works is an equal opportunity employer.


Based in Portland Oregon, Western Machine Works has been providing equipment repair, manufacturing, and engineering services to the Western United States and Canada since 1985. Our team of engineers, technicians, and project managers are skilled at what they do and are great people to work with. Western Machine Works is well respected in the industry for doing quality honest work. We treat our employees as well as we treat our customers.

Our customers span the range of heavy industries from small-medium size businesses to global billion-dollar OEMs in wind & hydropower, marine & shipbuilding, pulp & paper, thermal, steel, wood processing, packaging, rock crushing/construction, and nonwovens.

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Western Machine Works
12005 N. Burgard Rd., Portland, OR 97203

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