Pattern Finisher - SSBO

United States of America
Full Time
February 1 2021



With more than 120 operations and about 20,000 employees worldwide, Precision Castparts Corp. is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aerostructures and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. In addition, we are the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market. We also manufacture extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aerostructures; and metal alloys and other materials for the casting and forging industries. With such critical applications, we insist on quality and dependability – not just in the materials and products we make, but in the people we recruit.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, this over 10 billion dollar company employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.  PCC has over 120 plants and has a presence in twenty-six states in the US and in over a dozen countries. PCC is relentless in its dedication to being a high-quality, low-cost and on-time producer; delivering the highest value to its customers and shareholders while continually pursuing strategic, profitable growth.

Effective early February 2016, Berkshire Hathaway, led by chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffett, acquired Precision Castparts Corp.

PCC Structurals is the world leader in superalloy, aluminum and titanium investment casting.  With applications in jet aircraft engines, airframes, industrial gas turbine (IGT) engines, military armaments, medical prosthesis, and many other industrial markets, we provide a wide portfolio  of high-quality components, some as large as 100 inches (250cm).


As the original business unit for Precision Castparts, you can count on PCC Structurals’ extensive experience and knowledge to consistently provide high-quality castings, even at significant volumes.


PCC Structurals also provides solidification modeling, in-house rapid prototyping (including SLA), digital radiography, hot isostatic pressing, precision machining and protective coating services. We operate 11 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe.

Located in Clackamas, Oregon, PCC Small Structures Business Operations (SSBO) specializes in air and Vacuum Investment Cast Components for Aerospace, Energy, and Commercial Applications. Our robust engineering team, in-house prototyping capability, and 197,000 square feet of manufacturing space make it the ideal facility to bring your development program into production.


To prepare patterns for assembly and to prepare soluble cores for pattern molding; wax welds multiple components using fixtures to maintain dimensional conformity;  repairs wax patterns and soluble cores in accordance with quality standards.


1. Pattern Finishing. 

Objective:  to assemble pattern components and/or make dimensional alterations to patterns.  

Typical Activities:

A. Reads techcards and engineering instructions.

B. Assembles wax components into visually and dimensionally acceptable patterns; may use specialized fixturing.

C. Modifies patterns or soluble cores using various hand tools and wax materials.

D. Inspects modifications with special gauges and other measuring devises.

E. Occasionally inserts ceramic cores in wax patterns and maintains dimensional integrity (TBO only).

2. Repair/Restoration

Objective:  to fix broken or damaged patterns and soluble cores and restore to dimensionally acceptable condition.

Typical Activities:

A. Replaces broken features by wax welding fragments or by using other wax supplies to reconstruct missing areas.

B. Fills voids and reforms damaged contours by attaching and shaping stock wax.

3. Cleaning

Objective:  to work patterns and soluable core surfaces to meet visual inspection criteria.

Typical Activities:

A. Removes flash, mismatch and other surface positives using a variety of hand tools and materials.

B. Fills or patches negatives using paint wax, melted stock wax, hot pencils and other tools and materials.

C. Completes dimensional integrity restoration and plugging of holes per techcards.

D. Inspects work for compliance with quality standards.  

4. Serialization. 

Objective: to identify patterns with specified serial pads and numbers.

Typical Activities:

A. Places sticky wax pads or stamps specified serial numbers directly into patterns, per techcards

5. Safety.

Objective:  to take responsibility for and demonstrate safe work practices.

Typical Activities:

A. Adheres to plant and department safety rules.

B. Safely operates all equipment and tools.

C. Identifies and reports safety problems.

PPE Requirements:

A. Safety Glasses and Steel Toe Shoes – all times

B. Gloves, Long sleeves, Goggles and Mask – optional for soluable cleaning.

5. Maintains accurate records of work performed.

6. Trains less skilled personnel as assigned.

7. Performs other tasks as directed.



Training is provided on the job.


1. Demonstrated experience to fully perform the duties of a Wax Cleaner or a Wax Assembler "C" (not at TBO)     OR    an equivalent combination of experience and training.

2.  Working knowledge of cleaning  techniques, methods, materials and tools and ability to use simple to moderately complex measuring devises and fixtures.

3. Ability to follow complex written and verbal instructions.

4. Good manual dexterity.

5. Ability to lift and/or maneuver objects weighing thirty to fifty pounds and occasionally up to one hundred twenty five pounds.

6. Ability to work in conditions which may include exposure to noise, fumes, crowding, abrasions, cuts, and chemicals.

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

Full Relocation is authorized for this position.

This requisition is closed to applications.