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Viking Forge employes hard-working, industry-knowledgeable people. The management team positions the company well for continued growth. Cross-functional learning is encouraged as well as process knowledge. The company maintains ISO 9001:2008 certification and offers on-the-job learning for non-skilled hourly positions. Supervisors will coach and counsel associates to correct errors. Co-workers are friendly and encouraging while new hires strive to learn the methods and know-how of forging steel. There is a lot to learn about, including but not limited to, hydraulics, pnuematics, steel receiving, chemistry, shipping, quality and much more.
The forging process requires steel to be heated to very high temperatures, up to 2,300 F. In the summer months, the work environment can be very hot. The forging process requires use of lubricants; graphite is used as a lubricant which is black and dirty. The take away: be prepared to go home dirty. Shower facilities are available!
Advice to Management
Viking Forge has provided opportunity for growth and continued employment for those who choose to abide by company policies and learn about forging. If learning about forging and/or having the habit of reporting to work are not your areas to excel, Viking may not be the place for you. It requires a bit more than, "it's a job" mentality. You have to want to do it.