1390 Springhill Road Parksville BC V9P 2B8
Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?
We design and manufacture performance off-road drivetrain and four-by-four parts. However, Northwest Fab has really grown immensely over the past years and we’ve expanded into engineering and contract manufacturing as well. The journey has not been easy and we’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but each of those has taught us some pretty valuable lessons. Prioritizing a process of reviewing, learning, and becoming better at what we do is built into how we operate. That doesn’t mean going through the motions or playing the minimum compliance game. It genuinely means that we take the time to train and become better at our trades, at being colleagues, and most of all at being members of our communities. We haven’t always thought this way and it has been a steep learning curve. But it’s the lessons learned along the way and the results we’ve experienced that reinforce our constant drive to become better. Our work is difficult and not for everybody – but I think the attitude towards learning and succeeding together makes us stand out as an employer.
How many employees do you have?
Between 15 and 20 employees depending on how many co-op engineering students are with us throughout the year.
What do you look for in a new employee?
A positive attitude. When the days get long and difficult – which they inevitably do – you need folks with a passion and appreciation for what they’re doing. Quality truly happens beyond management systems and control checks; it happens when the culture of an organization is built around a love and passion for the work its doing. We genuinely love our work making “things”. And it’s important to us that new employees be able to find a passion in “creating” as well.
What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?
Success in our organization really depends on personal habits and a drive to learn. Our work is intensive in prescribed government standards as well as a need to be diligent with million dollar machines. Technical skills can only take someone so far – at the end of the day the job requires positive habits and behaviors surrounding health, wellness, and attention to detail.
Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so, for what types of positions?
We are always accepting resumes from qualified machinists as well as people interested in machinist apprenticeships. Additionally, we hire around 20 engineering/applied science co-op positions throughout the year and always welcome applicants.
What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your business?
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org