Fabrication Lead Hand

Kalesnikoff Lumber
Posted a month ago
$33.00 – $37.00 per hour (Dependent on experience)
Full Time

Job Description

For over 80 years and four generations, our family has been inspired by forests and the endless possibilities for designing and building with wood. We began as a horse-logging operation in 1939 and have grown to become an industry-leading mass timber provider with a high-tech sawmill. From seedlings to solutions, we see our products through the entire process — from forest management to manufacturing, design, prefabrication, and delivery.

As an independent, family-owned, and operated company, we recognize that people are our most valuable resource. As we continue to grow, we’re searching for individuals who enjoy a hands-on approach to work tasks and thrive in a team-based environment.

Role and Objectives:

The Fabrication Lead Hand, under the direction of the Fabrication Supervisor, is responsible for leading the daily activities of fabrication staff and assisting in the resolution of material defects, equipment problems, project/program changes and material flow. The position requires the performance of several tasks including cleaning and preparing work centers, operating various finishing equipment, ensuring QA compliance, data entry for shift reporting, leave coverage, etc. Other duties may be assigned as required. The candidate must be capable of ensuring effective communication with all other team members and working collaboratively with QA technicians to maximize the safe fabrication of quality products.


  • Understand and comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Under the direction of the Fabrication Supervisor (and in their absence), lead the daily activities of operations staff; providing coaching and training as required.
  • Assist in the resolution of material defects and equipment problems.
  • Monitor job progress and provide regular progress reporting to management.
  • Ensure high standards of workmanship and efficiency.
  • Ensure the efficient use of labour, machines and materials used by fabrication staff.
  • Assist with the movement of materials/beams around the shop.
  • Take an active role in monitoring performance, providing feedback and suggesting corrective action.
  • Ensure compliance with Kalesnikoff health and safety training and reporting requirements.
  • Clean and perform preparation of work-site.
  • Provide assistance to other workers within the fabrication shop.
  • Read and interpret plans, instructions, blueprints, and specifications to determine work activities.
  • Complete data entry for daily shift and downtime reporting.
  • Understand and comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as requested or required


  • Post secondary education in Red Seal in Carpentry, or related field is preferred.
  • (3-5) years of experience in mass timber or wood manufacturing is considered an asset.
  • Ability to read fabrication plans and blueprints
  • A solid understanding of finishing tools and equipment
  • Strong leadership, communication and delegation skills
  • Effectiveness in the areas of safety and productivity
  • Strong attention to detail, time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently in a busy environment
  • High level of sound and independent judgment and reasoning
  • Ability to interpret and implement company policies and procedures
  • Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse working environment
  • Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Able to deal with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically, and professionally at all times
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft computer software (e.g. Excel, Word, etc.) and email
  • First Aid skills and/or certificates are considered assets

 Working Conditions:

  • Occasional exposure to dust and fumes
  • Exposure to industrial noise, moving equipment, and overlapping work-zones.
  • Occasional safety lockouts and access to equipment
  • Requires frequent stooping/bending/crouching, reaching, handling, finger dexterity, sitting, standing, walking, and lifting 50 or more lbs.
  • Constant finger dexterity and ability to hear, and talk, on/off radio in an industrial setting
  • Occasional climbing and carrying

 Compensation Package:

  • Wage: $33.00 – $37.00 (Dependent on experience)
  • Schedule: Monday – Thursday, Days and Afternoons
  • Extended health benefits including health, dental, vision, travel, Health Spending Account and RRSP program.
  • Team building and social events.
  • Training, development, and mentorship opportunities
  • Opportunity to advance in your career.
  • Work-life balance.
  • A great culture where we truly value our employees.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@kalesnikoff.com.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

At Kalesnikoff, working safely is an expectation. In your role you will have the time and resources needed to meet that expectation.

 About our Kootenay home:

Are the mountains calling you? From beautiful parks and forests, pristine lakes, breathtaking valleys and stunning mountain ranges, the West Kootenay region is a highly desired and special place to call home. With an abundance of recreation including ski areas, golf courses, hot springs, and endless hiking, biking and other outdoor activities, the Kootenays isn’t just a region, it’s a lifestyle. Our vibrant mountain towns are full of arts, culture, food, history and caring communities. What are you doing after work today?

Equal opportunity commitment:

Kalesnikoff is a committed equal opportunity employer. Kalesnikoff’s recruitment strategy is designed to attract the best person for each position, to ensure equality of opportunity for all applicants, and to promote our corporate vision and culture. When considering applicants for positions within our Company, only job-related criteria such as ability, merit and responsibility are used to evaluate applicants. Kalesnikoff prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable law.

 Kalesnikoff is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. Kalesnikoff believes in integration and equal opportunity. Kalesnikoff is committed to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner and will do so by identifying barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility standards in accordance with applicable law.

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