Hydro Bell Operator

OR - Portland

Posting Date


Report to


FLSA Status

Hourly, Non-exempt

Business Unit

Steel Pressure Pipe

Close Date

Open until filled

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 to join our Northwest Pipe team in Portland, OR.

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)
  • 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 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 equipment operation as needed.
  • Operates overhead crane.
  • Follows ISO procedures.
  • Regular, reliable, and predictable attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Preps pipe for testing.
  • Operates overhead crane.
  • Inspects pipe for leaks.
  • Operates Hydro machine.
  • Completes proper documentation.
  • Follows all safety regulations.
  • Trains and assists helpers and laborers.
  • Marks pipe.
  • Ensures ISO procedures are followed.
  • Regular, reliable, and predictable attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the lead or supervisor.
  • 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.
  • Experience working in heavy manufacturing preferred but not required.
  • Experience working with Hydraulically energized systems and equipment preferred but not required. 

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.

Sounds Like You?

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