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Outdoor Research, LLC Mechanic  in Seattle, Washington

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Title Mechanic

About the Organization At Outdoor Research, we built a company from a feeling: the urge to get out. It's what drives us. We love coming to work every day and inventing ever better solutions to what nature throws our way. But we're more than just the gear we build. We're part of a community of friends whose lives are connected by our common need to be outside. Our community is devoted to exploring our outdoor passions and challenging ourselves in the mountains, water and deserts of the planet we love so much.

In 1981, a brilliant scientist and adventurer named Ron Gregg watched his frostbitten partner get airlifted off a glacier on Denali. He'd spent months planning a new route in the purest style, skiing 100 miles from the road to the base of the climb. Barely halfway to the summit, their trip ended with the failure of a simple pair of gaiters. Stubborn to the end, Ron refused a seat on the helicopter and descended alone for two weeks, pondering what had happened. Somewhere along the way he realized he could both fix the gear problem and devote his life to pursuing his passion for adventure. By the end, he knew one thing for sure: He wasn't going back to his old job.

Ron Gregg built Outdoor Research on the idea that life is an adventure, and the best gear makes it more fun. Though he died tragically in an avalanche more than a decade ago, his legacy remains at our core. In our world, it's not about chasing heroes; It's about being on the journey. It's not how often we get out as much as how often we want to be out that makes us who we are. Our goal is to do all we can to expand the community of people who share our belief that progress is spiritual and life is unimaginable without the quest.

And we want you in it, because we're pretty sure that the bigger our community gets, the better off the world will be.

Outdoor Research. Designed By Adventure.

Position Mechanic


We are looking for an experienced Sewing Machine Mechanic. You will ensure that all machines in the operation perform as needed to meet the needs of the business.

What you will do

  • Assemble, Maintain and repair sewing machines of all types - Single needle, Double needle, Overedge, Bonis, Felling, Automated sewing.

  • Work closely with Engineering team to design and build custom machines and machine parts

  • Work politely and professionally with production management and sewing machine team members to ensure a high level of customer service is always given

  • Maintain - performing PM and needed repairs and rebuilds on Automated CAD cutting and spreading equipment.

  • Diagnose and repair electrical issues including 3 phase machine feed rails, power inverters, converters and coordinate with outside vendor when needed

  • Maintain and repair laser cutters

  • Maintain and repair seam seal machines

  • Order and neatly maintain parts for all aspects of Facilities and Maintenance

    Position Requirements

What you should bring to the table

  • 5+ years with sewing machine repair and maintenance and a skilled knowledge of all machine and stitch types

  • Ability to diagnose and repair equipment of all kinds, including compressors, hydraulic presses, sewing machines, seam sealers, CAD cutting and laser cutting

  • Natural curiosity on how things work and ability to ask questions first before proposing solutions

  • Knowledge to find and repair electrical issues

  • Skills with PLC controllers required. Ability to program them a plus

  • Skills to creatively solve sometimes complex issues with custom made equipment

  • Ability to model excellent customer service for both internal and external clients

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the proven ability to explain complex information in easy to understand terms.

  • Ability to partner across the organization at all levels.

  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, maintain proper focus and pay excellent attention to detail.

  • Self-motivated and directed.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook a plus

    Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt

    Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

    Location Seattle, WA

    EOE Statement OR is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment in an unlawful manner. Employment-related decisions are made based on an individual’s qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or military status, genetic information, political ideology or other applicable protected class status. This commitment extends to all employment practices including selection, hiring, placement, recruitment advertising, promotion or transfer, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, demotion, layoff, or separation. All employment decisions are based upon the qualifications of the individual and the job requirements.

OR supports this commitment with an Affirmative Action Program, which is updated annually. The

objectives of the Affirmative Action Program are to ensure that our team reflects the diversity of our local community. We fully support affirmative action to include women, ethnic minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities throughout our workforce. The OR Affirmative Action Program is available for review by all employees and is maintained in the Human Resources Department.