Steward Machine Company
  • Manufacturing
  • Birmingham, AL, USA
  • Full Time

Excellent Benefits & Competitive Pay


Steward Machine is a multi-generation family-owned business having enjoyed a successful history of over 100 years. The Company possess extensive lifting capacity and some of the largest CNC machinery in the world housed in more than 290,000 square feet of manufacturing space. They offer complete turnkey responsibilities by detailing shop drawings, fabricating, welding, stress relieving, machining, gear cutting and assembly in-house.

Steward Machine Co. is certified by AISC to the highest standard for fracture critical endorsement. All Steward Machine work follow a culture that align with 5 guiding principles (Relentless Work Ethic, "Can Do Attitude", Excellence, Passion, and Adaptability). We have supplied equipment to some of the most demanding owners in the world. Our "can do" attitude gets the job done right the first time. We have a proven track for on-time deliveries.


Primary Purpose of the Position

The Fitter will lay out, fit, and fabricate metal components to assemble structural forms, such as machinery frames, bridge parts, and pressure vessels, using knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy, and engineering requirements.


Essential Functions / Duties

  • Lays out, positions, and secures parts and assemblies according to specifications, using straightedge, combination square, calipers, and ruler.
  • Tack-welds components and assemblies, FCAW or SMAW or other welding equipment.
  • Follows applicable welding procedures (AWS, AISC)
  • Tack welds on the ground level, above ground and below ground, in any required position.
  • Chips peens and grinds material to prepare for welding or finish.
  • Welds structural materials such as plates, sheets, girders, tanks, etc., occasionally involving uncommon structural metals or machine metals under close tolerances of heat application and workmanship.
  • Straightens materials by heat or flame.
  • Perform gouging and scarfing as needed.
  • Must take and pass Tack welding test in accordance with AWS D1.5.
  • Receives instructions, prints, sketches, and work orders.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints and plans the fitting operation.
  • Directs and assists in handling and spreading of material, assembling material into required relationships according to detail drawings; handling and placing detail material in assembly, placing bolts, drift pins and other fastening deceives in proper locations.
  • Lays out work lines or fits up jigs for positioning material when required; checks, squares, and scribes all detail connections.
  • Responsible for work conforming to drawings and notes thereon.
  • Cleans up material by grinding or chipping.
  • Oxy-Fuel/Plasma used for Burns, copes, bevels and straightens material. Does layout both major/minor from engineering drawings.
  • Spot paints for identification marks.
  • Moves material to and from the work area. Moves welding equipment to material when necessary. Positions component parts on a table held by a fixture or jib, tacking when required.
  • Keeps work area clean and orderly.
  • Knows safety rules that apply to the safety of others and to personal safety. Reports the malfunction of equipment to proper authority. Performs other work as instructed by supervision.

Role / Department / Location Specific Requirements

  • The role is for 1st and 2nd shift positions
  • Reports to the Plant Manager
  • Position is based at Plant 2 in Birmingham, Alabama

Minimum Requirements

  • 5 or more years of proven work experience as a structural plate fitter and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Must be capable of welding to AWS D1.5 quality and specifications a plus.
  • Must be capable of passing fracture critical inspections.
  • Use standard layout instruments i.e., level, transit
  • Working knowledge of blacksmithing procedures
  • Must posses good communication and customer service skills.
  • Must be able to read and understand shop fabrication drawings at a high level and be able to layout, fit-up and form material according to the prints.
  • Must have a good understanding of welding symbols.
  • Must be highly motivated and able to work independently.
  • Must be physically able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Requirements

  • Prior bridge work and heavy structural steel experience.
  • Experience in overhead crane operation.

Not all aspects of the job are covered by the description - may require other duties as assigned.

Job may change over time in accordance with business needs.

Job description does not guarantee employment.


Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, high or precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, extreme heat or cold, wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Affirmative Action /EEO Statement

Steward Machine Company is a Federal VEVRAA contractor, and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices. Steward Machine Company 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.


Limitation and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Steward Machine Company is an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. It is the Company's policy to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, or any other legally protected status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and reserve the right to perform substance abuse testing as needed.

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