Pipefitter Journeyman - Tacoma, WA

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WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

Pipefitter Journeyman - Tacoma, WA

801 E Portland Ave
Tacoma, Washington, 98421
United States

Pipefitter / Welder Journeyman:


Demonstrated ability to work safely in an industrial environment paper and pulp mill operating 24 hours per day 7 days/week.  Function as a team member of the maintenance pipefitter shop in a union environment.  Perform a variety of maintenance and repair activities on all sized of piped and valves in a large paper mill.  Inspects work-site, plans activities, selects tools and replacement parts, cuts , welds, disassembles and assembles parts.  May interact with management, engineering and vendors regarding new machinery/equipment selection, specifications, and set-up. 

What you need to succeed:



  • Must be Journeyman Pipefitter.

  • Demonstrated technical aptitude and experience working in a heavy industry environment (Pulp and Paper, Oil and Gas, Foundry, etc.) preferred.

  • Ideal candidate will have 5 – 10 years of experience or equivalent education in heavy industry environment. 

Technical Skills:

  • Selecting type and size of pipe and related materials according to job specifications, knowledge of system operation, and study of building plans / working drawings.

  • Planning sequence of installation to avoid obstructions and cutting pipe.

  • Threading and ending pipe by hand or with pipe bending machine.

  • Assembling and joining pipe by means of threaded, chalked, wiped, soldered, brazed fused, or cemented joints.

  • Securing pipes to structure with clamps, brackets, and hangers; using hand tools.

  • Testing piping systems for leaks by increasing pressure in pipes and observing gauges.

  • Perform mechanical repairs as required.  Examples include metal fabrication.

  • Must be proficient in basic rigging and working with mechanical tools.

  • Must be able to read blueprints.

  • Must be willing and able to maintain company-required performance and maintenance records for identified equipment.

  • Adheres to all corporate and department safety guidelines and procedures.  Attends safety training classes to keep current. 

  • Documents modifications, repair, set-ups, maintenance, PM and safety procedures to ensure reliability, quality control and improve overall operation of equipment.

  • Actively participates and contributes to machine and process improvements.

  • Recommends and may be involved in minor systems modifications under the direction of management and engineering.

  • Ensures the working area, tools and equipment are maintained in a clean, organized and safe manner.

  • Actively supports all environmental and recycling efforts including the disposal of hazardous materials.

  • Recommends spare parts for inventory to provide equipment reliability.

  • Able to lift 50lbs, including motors, pumps, pipes, valves, etc.

  • Able to do considerable amount of bending, stooping, reaching, turning and twisting.

  • Able to climb and work in high places and operate small and large hand and power tools, overhead cranes, hoists, man-lifts, forklifts and related tools and moving equipment.

  • Ability to perform duties in an ERT (emergency response team).

  • Computer skills required (including MS Office, Outlook and JDEdwards)

  • Performs additional duties as requested.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills - proactive nature, with a proven track record of working with others.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work either independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team to achieve results and meet project schedules.

  • Demonstrates initiative and is self-directed, anticipating needs and suggesting improvements.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills with a strong teamwork style and a passion for achieving goals.  Able to manage competing and fluid priorities.

  • Interface effectively with operational, maintenance and management personnel to assure continuity of efforts.

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and conduct work with high level of professionalism.


How you will impact WestRock:

Applicants will be evaluated based on the accumulation of their work experience and education and those hired will be eligible to participate in a tiered system for pay according to the proficiency of these skills.  All hired Pipefitters will be expected to participate in a rotating shift support role running the mill 24/7, but will also be presented the opportunity to work a day shift schedule when positions become available.


Required to join the Pipefitting Local Union 26 and pay membership/working dues on a monthly basis.


Apply your skills to increase efficiency, reliability and productivity in WestRock’s manufacturing environment as you own assignments which support multiple departments.  In this role, heavy emphasis is placed on safety, teamwork, initiative, organizational skills and problem solving.  As a steward of the community, you will also gain a knowledge and appreciation for reducing environmental impact as a professional working in the Tacoma Tide-flats.


What we offer:

  • Excellent opportunity for anyone pursuing a career.

  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities.

  • Work culture based on Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Excellence.

  • Attractive compensation and benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), pension, life insurance, disability insurance.

  • A career with a packaging company where Sustainability, Safety, and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work. 


If this sounds great to you and you think you fit in, please submit your application.  We want to hear from you!


To Apply, please visit the WestRock Website www.westrock.com

Under Careers & Location: search for Tacoma Mill / Pipefitter Journeyman


WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.






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