Hydro Bell Operator (End Prep)

TX - Saginaw

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Get ready to grow with us!

Northwest Pipe Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer of water infrastructure products and with over 50 years of experience, we’re just getting started! Our business is growing, and we’re looking for great people to grow with us. We’re immediately seeking a Hydro Bell Operator (End Prep) to join our Northwest Pipe team in Saginaw, TX.

We Offer
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D Insurance
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Time
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match
  • Bonus Potential (2x per year)
  • Up to $5,000 per year Tuition Reimbursement
  • Safety Footwear and Eyewear Voucher (Day 1 of Employment)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Opportunities for Career Advancement
  • Values-Driven Culture Committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety
Our Values
  • Accountability is evident when we do what we say we are going to do and people accept responsibility for their actions. We do not point fingers and blame others. We own our actions.
  • Commitment is not only promising to do something, but actually investing in the necessary effort and actions to make it happen.
  • Teamwork is essential for competing in a challenging and constantly changing business environment. Working together across all job functions is critical to achieving our success.


About the Job

With experience determining the level of supervision, a Hydro Bell Operator inspects bevels and landing on pipe, performs set-up and change over on the blowout station, and assures compliance with the specifications determined by the supervisor.

Essential Functions & Major Responsibilities
  • Set up and changeover of end prep.
  • Inspects pipe.
  • Grinds pipe.
  • Performs preventive maintenance.
  • Assists with mill changeover.
  • Maintains clear and precise documentation for set-up.
  • Maintains accurate counts and tally of footage.
  • Assists in finishing floor operations as needed.
  • Assists in mill operation as needed.
  • Operates overhead crane.
  • Follows ISO procedures.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to write simple correspondence.


  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


HYDRO BELL OPERATOR I – this level of Operator is responsible for setting up end prep for all pipe products, and will grind and inspect product to fit specifications. The operator will also operate a crane used to move pipe products. Individuals in this position operate, work with and are around large industrial equipment.  Training is provided and duties are routinely carried out under close supervision; however, close supervision is not always available for routine and repetitive tasks, and these tasks can be carried on without difficulty once they are learned.  As work experience is gained, employee may be assigned to more advanced tasks that include more responsibility.


HYDRO BELL OPERATOR II – this level of Operator is responsible for performing duties described for a Hydro Bell Operator I in End Prep, and must be cross-trained to work in the Hydro Department.  The qualifications and experience of this level of operator must be at an intermediate to advanced level.  Duties are carried out under limited to close supervision.  As additional work experience is gained, the employee may be assigned to tasks that are more difficult in nature and require more responsibility. Employees in this position may be responsible for providing on-the-job training (OJT) to new employees.


Full list of anticipated physical demands for this position and detail on our work environment is available on our application portal. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Our organization maintains a drug-free workplace. Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successful passing of a drug test and background check.

Northwest Pipe Company is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Northwest Pipe Company reserves the right to close the position, with or without notice, if a qualified candidate is identified prior to the close date.

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