• Iron Shanker

    Job Locations US-CA-Oakland
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    We are gearing up for our best year yet!


    Come Join Our Family!


    Here at AB & I, we take pride in building healthy and clean communities one pipe at a time, for your family and ours.


    You are a quick learner, you care about the quality of your work, and you want to establish yourself with a reputable, sustainable, and well-known brand. Our ideal applicant is a hard working, team player,

    who cares about the community where we live and work. Our ideal team member takes pride in growing their skills and making a difference through building trust, doing the right thing and bringing great ideas to our growing team.


    Entry Level/Will train                                   $17.00 per hour


    If you are a bright beginner with mechanical interest, skilled at working with your hands and want to learn the foundry business and build your career, this opportunity is for you!


    30 days until union benefits begin, pay increase to $19.00 after 120 days


    1. Reports downtime and reason to supervisor at end of each shift.

    2. Keep work area clean, safe and orderly.

    3. Performs other miscellaneous duties as required.

    4. Inspect ladle at the beginning of the shift.

      1. Safety cable – do not use ladle if the wire cable is frayed, bad.

      2. Chain hook – check the hook and the “dog bone” transfer hook for wear. Check the chain to insure there is free movement in the roller block.

    5. If carbon is required: Add it into the iron stream coming from the holding furnace pouring spout after a small heel or iron is in the ladle.

    6. To transfer iron from the holding furnace to the ladle:

      1. Bring the ladle to the iron elevator at the holding furnace.

      2. Before you push the button marked “down” for the iron elevator, make sure the trolley for the ladle is in the center of the iron elevator.

      3. Move the ladle so that the pouring spout of the holding furnace is in the middle of the ladle. Your safety face shield should be lowered in place to protect your face while iron is being poured and wear all safety equipment required for the job.

      4. Push the button marked “lower” to start filling the ladle.

      5. Adjust the iron stream with the two buttons marked “Lower” or “Raise” to prevent iron from splashing out of the ladle.

      6. Push the button marked “Raise” on the holding furnace when the ladle is about ¾ full.

      7. Don’t overfill ladles. Stop pouring iron out of the holding furnace when the iron in the ladle is about 3” from the top. Don’t fill ladle higher than 3” from top of ladle. This is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

      8. While holding on to the ladle for stability push the button marked “Up” for the iron elevator. Look up to make sure the safety dogs have latched properly and the ladle can be moved.

      9. Smoothly push or pull the ladle to the pipe or molding machines liquimetrics. Jerking the ladle will cause the iron to splash out, creating a safety hazard.

      10. Make sure the track switches are in the right location as you move the ladle.

      11. Start slowing down the ladle about 6 ft. from the liquimetric iron hoist. Bring the ladle to a smooth stop at the liquimetric iron hoist.

      12. Push the “Down” button on the pendant cord from the iron hoist to lower the hook to pick up the ladle. Stop when the hook is just below the ladle transfer hook.

      13. Push the “Up” button on the pendant cord while guiding the hook into the ladle transfer hook.

      14. Continue to hold the handles on the ladle for stability as your raise the ladle up to clear the monorail transfer hook.

      15. When the right height is reached, pour iron at the receiver, stop raising the ladle.

      16. While holding a handle for stability, unlatch the safety fork on the ladle and remove the safety pin on the ladle.  Tilt the ladle towards the liquimetric receiver to direct the ladle iron into the liquimetric receiver. Clean the slag off ladle iron with a rod before you unlatch the safety fork, if you needed to.

      17. Note: Every 5 or 6 ladles, slag off the receiver, hold throat on the liquimetric. This will prevent the hole throat from closing up, if you need to.

      18. Pour the iron slowly into the receiver as you push the “Up” button on the pendant cord until all the iron is out of the ladle.

      19. After emptying the ladle, tilt the ladle back to the upright position and lock the safety fork and pin into place.

      20. Push the “Down” button on the pendant cord to lower the ladle. Re-hook the ladle onto the monorail trolley hook. Note: Make sure that hook is all the way in.

      21. Push or pull the ladle back to the holding furnace to repeat the process.

    7. Safety: Don’t leave ladle filled with iron unattended.


    1. Must wear proper PPE such as, glasses, ear plugs, hard hat, face shield, and metatarsal boots.

    2. Ability to do multiple jobs and flexibility to do multiple jobs. 

    3. Ability to learn the technical aspects of Iron Shanking.

    4. Technical aptitude. 

    5. Strong communication skills. 

    6. Ability to achieve production and quality goals. 

    7. Demonstrated ability to follow safety procedures. 

    8. Demonstrated ability to work hard 

    9. Demonstrated ability to follow directions as well as to make appropriate decisions. 

    10. Proven ability to work independently. 

    11. Proven track record of excellent attendance, dependability and flexibility. 

    12. Proven ability to learn and to work aggressively in an efficient and effective manner. 

    13. Ability to speak and read English.

    14. Must be able to follow instruction from supervisor.

    15. Must be able to work from instructions given by supervisor or lead person.

    16. Must be able to plan and perform a sequence of operations where standard or recognized methods are available.  


    McWane is a Federal VEVRAA contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices. McWane will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or service member status, marital status, citizenship status (In IL - sex, including same sex, ancestry, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, military status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge status, genetic information), (In IA - gender identity), (In CA - gender identity or expression, and genetic information) or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.


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