Montana Precision Products is on the hunt for new employees.
The company has been growing like crazy recently, more than doubling in size since its founding in 2012, when the company started with around 60 employees. As of April, it boasted about 168 employees and plans to grow by 30 percent from 2018 to 2019 and another 10 percent the year after that.
So what’s it like working at Montana Precision Products?
The word “cool” comes to mind.
Located west of Butte in the Montana Connections Business Development Park, Montana Precision Products makes components that end up in jet engines. So if you like working with your hands and making things spark, glow and sizzle, it might be time to start wiping the dust off your resume.
In addition to jet engine components, Montana Precision Products makes parts for companies like Caterpillar Inc. and Peterbilt Motors Co., but is primarily an aerospace-parts manufacturer.
It got its start in 2012 When SeaCast Inc. (founded by Butte brothers Bert and Mike Robins) and General Electric Co. formed a 50-50 joint venture.
What’s driving the growth at Montana Precision Products is demand for a new generation of engines from GE called “LEAP.”
LEAP engines can be found in aircraft by Airbus, Boeing and Comac and, according to Jeanne Nelson Kruse, head of human resources at Montana Precision Products, they are one of the fastest selling engines in the history of GE Aviation.
To meet demand for LEAP engines, Montana Precision Products has been looking for people to fill a variety of positions, especially people who can learn the ropes of tungsten inert gas welding.
Tungsten inert gas welding may sound fancy, but company officials say anyone with an aptitude for welding is welcome to apply at Montana Precision Products. In fact, the company will train you to learn the welding skills you’ll need, and new welders can earn between $14.50 to $17.25 per hour as they move through the training.
To train employees, Montana Precision Products has set up a two-tiered, in-house paid training program. The first level of training takes about 6 months and will get you a professional welding certification. Level two, meanwhile, includes on-the-job training. The entire training process takes about a year to a year and a half to complete.
The training program represents a notable investment for Montana Precision Products, but company officials say training their employees is worthwhile because they want to hire people who are committed to Butte and are looking for a place where they can grow and move up the ranks.
“We never want our employees to stop learning,” said Andrea Krattiger, recruiter for Montana Precision Products.
“I think it’s important for the employee to understand that there’s a potential for growth or a career path for them,” said Chris Eurich, general manager for the company. “You don’t just come in and you’re earmarked to a certain role and that’s where you’re going to stay. There are opportunities to move around within the organization.”
Kruse said existing welding or metal-fabrication skills is a plus for landing a job at Montana Precision Products, but it’s not the only thing the company is looking for.
If you have a high school diploma or a GED, are a good communicator and problem solver and have an ability and willingness to learn, along with a history of being a good employee, you’ll find yourself on the company’s short list.
Montana Precision Products wants to invest in people who in turn want to invest in the company, folks that aren’t just looking for a job but rather a career.
As for Eurich, he says that the best part about working for Montana Precision Products is the feeling of being part of something greater than oneself.
“It comes down to a sense of amazement,” said Eurich. “Employees can look up at the sky and say that ‘I build parts that are potentially on that aircraft.’ ”