Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc.
  • Facilities
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Full Time

Choose a career at Columbia Steel and make things that matter.
For over 100 years we've taken pride in the steel castings we make for the toughest industries around the world, from gold mines to cement plants, from auto recycling to rock crushing.

We're equally proud of the Columbia Steel family that our employees have made here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We started as a family business, and our team includes many second and third generation Columbia employees.

You can make something that lasts.
We offer individuals a chance to create something for themselves as well: opportunities for new challenges, career growth, and contributions to our community. And our location in the historic St. Johns neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, is the perfect place to make a home and build a future.

We invite you to join the Columbia Steel family, and make things that matter.



As a steel foundry, CSC equipment includes electrical melting equipment, heat treat ovens, quench tanks, overhead cranes, conveyors, sand delivery systems, air handling systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, fuel systems, air and water quality systems, etc.

With the job entailing issues of buildings maintenance support, facilities renovation and new construction design, the Facilities Engineer may work with outside design and environmental consultants or contractors as needed.  Facilities Engineers are also responsible for communication concerning projects with inner-facility departments.  Work requires time in both office and production areas.


This is a position relying on utilization of broad Engineering principles.  Duties include:

  • Support the Maintenance department in the on-going operation of the facility
  • Helping to increase reliability and life expectancy of equipment
  • Design of more robust parts and systems
  • Draft no longer available OEM parts
  • Ease preventative maintenance
  • Source non-standard parts
  • Aide in trouble shooting of equipment
  • Coordinate trouble shooting, projects and scheduled activities with Maintenance and production management
  • Budget and plan activities, which may require periodic meetings with senior management
  • Be in regular contact with different production departments to support their needs. Support includes improved work flow, ergometrics, tooling design and some health and safety issues
  • Compile estimates, ROI and budgets for a wide range of projects, upgrades, modernizations and cost savings
  • Make formal requests to upper management for resources to complete the tasks at hand.  Facilities engineering also heavily supports the company's on-going efforts for better understand and record its costs. 
  • Support efforts by sourcing, designing and/or getting installed measuring equipment to record and track resources used in production of castings
  • Records the usage of resources once the data gathering equipment is installed, then feeding the refined data to the accounting department
  • Work with outside vendors to arrange for specialized services, skills and supplies during normal operation as well as operation shutdowns.  Outside contacts will also be maintained with utilities, abutting property owners and government agencies (City, State, and Federal). 
  • Contact with governmental agencies included (but is not limited not) EPA and State Fire Marshall reports

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Computer proficiency in SolidWorks, AutoCad, and Microsoft Office suite software
  • Desire and ability to learn continually and stay abreast of new technology and subject matter
  • Ability to gather and process input from production areas and other employees.  This could be hard data, written suggestion, OSHA safety reports, verbal conversations with other employees and emails.
  • Propel tasks forward to a solution by using a well thought out plan of action and safely implemented.  The tasks would be completed via clear documentation for future reference.    
  • Self-motivated and organized to work with multiple projects in a variety of subjects at the same time
  • Common sense and critical thinking skills

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, or equivalent work experience, is required
  • Experience with either SolidWorks or AutoCAD is required
  • Two+ years of experience with structural facilities design, plant layout, and equipment and machinery acquisition in a manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Hands-on experience or trade background to aid in the understanding of real world situations is preferred
  • First aid and/or CPR certification is encouraged

Job Conditions:

Work conditions include a wide variety of environments including office, lab and shop floor.  Working with foundry equipment, and lifting up to 50 lbs is typical.  Will routinely bend, twist, kneel, walk, climb, and reach throughout the day. Will sit, stand, and walk for 1-10 hours per day. Working environment includes noise, fumes, dust, and inclement weather.

Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc.
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