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Metal Shop Apprentice

Paul Russell and Company
Paul Russell and Company in Essex, MA 01929
$25 - $30 an hour - Full-time


Paul Russell and Company in Essex, MA 01929

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance

Full job description

Paul Russell and Company is looking for a Metal Shop Apprentice to assist with a broad range of restoration and preservation projects. Experience working with pre-WW II through 1960s vehicles, specifically European marques, is preferred but not required. Our metal fabricators work closely with all other departments during disassembly, reassembly, and component rebuilding.

The Metal Shop Apprentice will work under the supervision of the Senior Craftsmen in the metal shop, but also are expected to complete assigned tasks independently. Applicants must have a willingness to learn from others, a desire to understand technology that is more than a half-century old, and the ability to produce work that is a strict replication of the design and craftsmanship of the original builders.

Skill Requirements:

  • Practical understanding of and experience with TIG welding
  • Experience with fundamental tools of a panel shop
  • Must possess a basic set of metalworking hand tools: wrenches, pliers, layout tools, hammers, dollies
  • Core understanding of vehicle mechanical systems
  • Preferred 2+ years of experience

Professional Requirements:

  • A positive attitude and strong, team-oriented, communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with all other departments / skills
  • Physically capable of lifting up to 50 pounds without injury
  • Full body mobility and the ability to twist, turn, bend at the waist, and work on your feet for extended periods of time, sometimes with your hands above your head or under dashboards
  • Ability to take instruction, actively listen, and work independently
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe work bay
  • A valid driver's license and clean record

Expected Job Responsibilities:

  • Fabrication and fitting of complete body and repair panels
  • Reshaping and repairing existing panels
  • Lead work and panel gapping
  • Fabrication of small body parts, such as, grilles, trim work, and window frames
  • Remanufacture of mechanical parts, such as, exhaust headers, and suspension parts

About Paul Russell and Company:

Often described as a dream workplace for a hard-core car junkie with excellent automotive skills. The company is dedication to craftsmanship and has a passion for cars, like pre-war European classics, 300SLs, V-12 Ferraris, and 4-cam Porsches; that attitude is a must in order to be successful in our workshop. Both our restoration and service projects take an intelligent approach at the outset, a logical and thorough process to the work performed, and a focus on doing it right the first time. We aim to provide our clients with the best value and highest level of service.

A candidate for this position should know that classic car service/preservation/restoration work is totally different from other automotive service businesses. A service job is rarely completed in an afternoon, or even one day. It is generally a multi-day or multi-week endeavor. A restoration job is rarely completed in a year and frequently takes two. Due to the age of the cars we work on, many components are no longer available. The ability to thoughtfully take something apart while taking careful notes, repair it, and reassemble it "as new" is a necessary skill. Work pace is important, yet when one is striving for superb quality, the total hours required to achieve those standards can be staggering. The successful candidate will place a high value on the opportunity to do quality work on premium automobiles in an environment that supports their high standards.

Our workshop, a 38,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art complex, has been purpose-built to support the award-winning restoration work that is accomplished within. The workspace at Paul Russell and Company has evolved over the decades to include dedicated areas for coachbuilding, bodywork and paint, mechanical, machining, upholstery, parts and materials, and a sales showroom, all under one roof.

Employee Benefits:

Employees are eligible for a full range of benefits, including:

  • Covered Medical Insurance
  • 401k Retirement account and company match
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Personal time
  • Life Insurance

Please no walk in or phone applications - apply online here or through our website

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $25.00 - $30.00 per hour

Experience level:

  • 2 years


  • 10 hour shift

Work Location: In person