Website Ward's Manufacturing, LLC

Custom metal fabrication, fiber laser cutting and CNC bending

Job Title: Manufacturing Associate

Location: Warren, Rhode Island

Salary: $15/hour

Job Type: Full-time, hourly pay

Department: Production

Supervisor: CEO

About Ward’s Manufacturing

Kiffin and Kelly Ward are sibling co-founders of Ward’s Manufacturing, which provides metal fabrication services, specializing in fiber laser cutting and CNC press brake bending metal. We help make custom metal parts for anything from Olympic kayaks to sports equipment to art. At Ward’s Manufacturing, you will work with two founders who can mentor you on how to run a small business. We hope you will find it as rewarding as we do to make things our community and country need.

About the Role

We are looking for a Manufacturing Associate to join our team and help us meet our production goals. The Manufacturing Associate’s main responsibility will be assisting the CEO and future manufacturing technicians with manufacturing tasks such as material handling, part deburring and cleaning, and packaging.  You will be instructed on equipment maintenance, particularly for the fiber laser and press brake.  Other responsibilities include general shop tasks such as cleaning, organizing metal materials, and receiving deliveries. We are looking for someone with a strong work ethic willing to step up and help with various tasks to help run and grow our small business.

There are opportunities for professional development and career advancement.


  • Perform production activities including receiving deliveries, material handling sheet metal, deburring and cleaning metal parts, and packaging and shipping customer orders.
  • Perform material handling functions, including moving sheet metal and loading it into the fiber laser.
  • Perform routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment and machinery.
  • Operate a forklift to move raw materials, finished goods, and other items.
  • Occasionally pick up supplies or drop off customer orders.
  • Communicate effectively with other team members to meet production goals.
  • Complete and maintain all required documentation.
  • Complete all required training programs.
  • Follow safety protocols and maintain a clean work area.
  • Perform all other duties and tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Attention to detail and ability to follow instructions accurately.
  • Ability to stand or do repetitive movements for extended periods and to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Good communication and teamwork skills.
  • An independent worker who can be given tasks to complete without supervision after initial training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • We would like someone who wants to learn the ins and outs of the company and grow with it.
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing or production environment is preferred, but not required.


  • Opportunities for performance-based raises and bonuses.
  • Opportunities for career advancement.
  • On the job technical training with the latest metal fabrication technology, including a 3kw fiber laser and 10ft. 190 ton press brake.


We welcome all backgrounds and encourage you to apply if this role interests and excites you. We want you to feel comfortable bringing your whole self to work with you. All applicants will be considered without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, medical condition, Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Ward’s Manufacturing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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