Fabrication in Parsons, KS at Ducommun

Date Posted: 4/6/2024

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Job Description


No Experience Needed! Training Provided! We are growing and looking for motivated individuals to learn our business and grow with us!

The fabricator may set up and operate machine tools such as a brake press or Watson Stillman to machine/fabricate, bend, form, or straighten metallic and nonmetallic work pieces as well as hand forming of sheet metal parts to blueprint tolerance.

Who are we?

Founded in 1849, Ducommun is the oldest company in California. Starting as a hardware supply store during the California Gold Rush and eventually assisted in the birth of the aerospace industry in Southern California by providing aircraft aluminum to early aerospace pioneers like Lindbergh, Douglas and Lockheed.

Today Ducommun is a global provider of innovative manufacturing solutions for customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. We specialize in electronic and structural systems, producing complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications.

Our Facility in Parsons, Ks manufactures precision parts for passenger and military aircraft. Travelers around the world count on our employees for their commitment to quality.

Why Ducommun?

  • Excellent company culture – as recognized by Newsweek’s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces
  • Clean and climate controlled working environment
  • Opportunity for career growth
  • Great benefits including paid vacation and sick time, 401K match, Employee Stock Purchase Program, annual bonus plan, and tuition reimbursement

Job Summary

  • Brake Press – sets up and operates heavy duty power brake to bend, notch, punch, form rolls, arc or straighten metal plates or sheet metal and structural shapes to blueprint or sketch specifications.
  • Selects, positions, and aligns dies in ram and bed of machine.
  • Turns setscrews or bolts to fasten clamp bar that holds dies in position.
  • Turns adjustment screws to set specified pressure of ram and clearance between dies to thickness of metal, as indicated by calibrated scale or feelers.
  • Operates CNC control.
  • Lays out or details layout on work stock from blueprints or templates.
  • Positions work piece manually or with crane to align layout marks to dies.
  • Starts machine to lower ram or depresses pedal to activate ram that bends or cuts metal.
  • Sets stops on machine bed and re-positions stock to run successive pieces, or to perform multiple operations.
  • Verifies dimensions of work piece.
  • Preheats metal in furnace.
  • Grinds laps or burrs from edges of work piece.
  • Devises and builds temporary dies.
  • Checks own work and takes first part to quality inspection.
  • Able to adjust process for additional parts to keep within control limits for SPC as needed.
  • Collects SPC data according to the control plan attached to the work order.
  • Hand Align – hand forming of sheet metal parts to blueprint tolerance.
  • Checks parts to blueprint dimensions.
  • Straightens parts as required by use of hand tools, power tools, and special equipment.
  • Watson Stillman Press – sets up and operates heavy-duty power press to bend, form, and straighten metal plates, formed sheet metal, structural shapes, and weldments.
  • Plans sequence of operations.Measures and sights along work piece to mark reference lines.
  • Selects and positions flat, V-block, radius, or special purpose die sets into ram and bed of machine.
  • Turns hand-wheel or levers to set depth and pressure of ram stroke.
  • Aligns and bolts dies to ram and bed of machine.
  • Preheats work piece in furnace, or in heated area of press.
  • Lifts and positions work piece between dies of machine.
  • Starts machine to lower ram which bends or straightens work piece between dies.
  • Repositions work piece and changes dies when making multiple or successive passes.
  • Grinds our burrs and sharp edges.
  • Inspects and marks job number on finished work piece.
  • Bends or straightens cold metal.
  • Operates press equipped with two or more rams to bend angles or flanges or bend to radius by successive passes; or operates multiple acting hydraulic press to perform deep progressive and reverse draw operations of sheet metal.
  • Responsible for the proper handling and management of hazardous waste generated in their work area.
  • Performs other duties and assignments as directed.

Skills & Qualifications

Required Skills & Qualifications   

  • Basic computer knowledge and skills
  • Ability to operate a forklift
  • Ability to use measuring instruments including but not limited to calipers, protractor, tape measure, height gage, and scales
  • Prior operation of machinery helpful
  • Read and understand internal procedures and policies.
  • Understand and follow through on both verbal and written instructions
  • Team oriented with a continuous improvement outlook.

Required Experience/Education/Training/Certifications 

  • High School Diploma; up to 3 years related experience in job function and/or training; equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Math Skills:fractions, percentages, decimals, ratios, and proportions
  • Geometry and trigonometry is a plus
  • Ability to read and interpretblueprints and mylars
  • Basic computer knowledge and skills

Work Environment and Safety Equipment Required  

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Must be able to communicate effectively
  • Regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms
  • Frequently required to walk.
  • Occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch
  • Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Annual baseline hearing test may be required depending on major job duty
  • Working conditions are:100% manufacturing environment.
  • Regularly required to work near moving mechanical parts.
  • Occasionally exposed to vibration of the hand.
  • Noise level is usually moderate to loud.
  • Occasionally exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat.
  • Hearing protection must be worn in designated areas.
  • Safety glasses (ANSI Z87 compliant) required in all manufacturing areas.
  • Safety Footwear shall be in accordance with the following: ASTM standard F2413-05 with minimum impact resistance, compression resistance and metatarsal designation ratings of 75 foot pounds (i.e. ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75 Mt/75), which are viewable on the inside tag of footwear.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments in accordance with business needs, and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential function of the job.

This is a generic job posting for Fabrication. Depending on the candidate’s skills, qualifications and experience, they will be hired into an entry (I) level, intermediate (II) level or expert (III) level job and pay scale.

Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled

3333 Main Street
Parsons, Kansas, 67357
United States


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