Torch/Burner in Schnitzer - Portland, OR (Burgard Rd) at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 7/19/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Earn $23.87/hour, plus benefits, at Schnitzer Steel! Now hiring Burner/Torch Cutters for steel recycling operations!

Schnitzer Steel is currently hiring for Burner/Torch Cutter positions on all shifts. This Union position offers:

  • Competitive Pay, with Advancement Opportunity
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans for you and your dependents
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Paid Time Off that starts within the first 30 days
  • 9 Paid Holidays

What we’re looking for:

  • Experience operating a hand held torch for cutting metal
  • Knowledge of and ability to wear a respirator
  • Ability to handle demanding physical labor in an industrial environment
  • Strong safety focus
  • Ability to follow instructions and to contribute as part of a team
  • Willingness to operate heavy equipment (once fully trained)

Candidates with prior experience with torch cutting in scrap operations are preferred, but experience cutting scrap is not an absolute requirement.

Other requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must pass drug screen and background check
  • Reliable transportation and ability to work all shifts

This is a physical job that is exposed to outside elements, so applicants must be able to frequently walk on uneven ground, handle and grasp materials, crouch, bend, reach, climb, twist, push, pull and lift/carry up to 50 pounds occasionally. Visual acuity is needed for close detail work. To ensure everyone's safety at work, applicants must be able to hear and communicate by speech in English.

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career with a leading metals recycling company, click the link and APPLY NOW.

The Burner reports to the Facilities & Operations Manager. The Burner is responsible for preparing purchased scrap through use of a burning torch, while ensuring that all of his/her efforts are compliant with the company Health, Safety, and Environmental standards. The Burner must possess knowledge of and be capable of wearing a respirator.

This position operates under flexible parameters. The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of the position. Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increase profits.

Essential Functions 

    1. Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)
      • Strictly adheres to all Metals Recycling Business Health, Safety, and Environmental standards.
      • Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.
    2. Operational Performance & Best Business Practices
      • Examines unprepared scrap to ensure conformance with company standards. If scrap does not meet specifications, burner must cut scrap utilizing appropriate tools and equipment.
      • Maintains a torching environment conducive to fire control, and is able to seek additional assistance if first efforts fail.
    3. Equipment & Maintenance
      • Detects faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notifies proper supervisors to ensure repair.
      • Consistently operates cutting torches, regulators, torch tops, cleaners, hose removal and installation tools, water hoses, and occasionally operates oxygen lances.

Internal Control Responsibilities 

Supports the Company’s Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating, and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures, and controls to better relate to the business.  Communicates upward problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.

Supervisory Responsibilities 

This position does not encompass any supervisory responsibilities.

Interpersonal Contacts 

Direct contact with Facilities & Operations Manager, and operations production employees. Communicates via face-to-face interaction.

Job Conditions 

This position is regularly exposed to all weather conditions. Physical hazards such as noise, fumes, and dirt are present due to the equipment, machinery, and scrap as would be found throughout the scrap yard. Safety shoes, hearing protection, respirators, and face shields must be worn to eliminate the risks associated with these hazards. Travel is not required for this position.

Handling multiple issues regarding safety and maintenance increases pressure. Work load may be unpredictable and pressure can be substantial during peak times. Critical deadlines require considerable adaptability. Disturbances of work flow and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected and occur on an intermittent basis. Extra hours may be required, sometimes on weekends, weekdays, and holidays.

Required Skills

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions 

Ability to: lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally; crouch or bend at the knees occasionally to increase visibility; stoop or bend at the waist occasionally to increase visibility; reach at arms length frequently or overhead occasionally; twist and turn at the neck and trunk; walk frequently on uneven ground; handle and grasp a torch continually; communicate by speech and hearing continually. Visual acuity needed for close detail work. Mental dexterity needed as burner will work independently while demonstrating attention to detail and continuous awareness.


High School diploma or GED Certification required. Candidates with steady work/school attendance and dependability may also be considered. Torching experience or the ability to learn the torching proficiency preferred. This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. administers a pre-employment drug screen and background check for U.S. new hires.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.