HIRING - Workshop Assistant


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-We are hiring for a Shop Assistant -

The Vanilla Workshop has been building bicycles by hand right here, in Southeast Portland, for 15-years. The Workshop houses three brands: Vanilla Bicycles one of a kind and built by Sacha, founder and lead builder; Speedvagen, our small batch race bike brand; and Coat Paint Shop, painting and powder coating for independent bicycle frame builders including Vanilla and Speedvagen.

We do a lot of things here at The Vanilla Workshop. At the core of what’s going on are the design, innovation and refinement of the bicycles we make from scratch for our customers. Equally important to us though, is standard of living, happiness and fulfillment. This means having a quality of life that allows for time spent with family and friends doing the things that bring us joy. We like to stay active and have fun. Whether that’s a run together at lunchtime or an impromptu BBQ in front of the shop on a sunny afternoon, we enjoy each other’s company and believe quality comes from caring about what you do.

We’re looking for someone who is organized, energetic, and hardworking. Someone who likes challenges, learning new things, follows through, is good-natured and who feels at home in a shop environment. A mantra at our shop is that if it isn’t going to be 100% not going to do it. As part of this, we will hire someone who is particular about detail and comfortable shifting between various tasks.


Paint prep:

-           Checking in incoming frames and parts to paint cards

-           Preparation of masking materials including weeding

-           Prepping incoming frames for paint including masking and plugging.

-           Media blasting

-           Sanding primer

-           Polishing, finish and buffing

-           Cleaning and organization of paint shop on paint days

Fabrication prep:

-           Clean, measure and mark tubes for cutting and drilling

-           Drilling for braze-ons and braze-on mock up

-            Pre-polish and polishing small parts and dropouts

-           Pre-fabrication parts prep (bead blasting, cleaning, fluxing)

-           Brush & polish stainless

-           Pre-paint and post-paint prep

-           Cleaning and organization of fabrication floor on fabrication days -           Support machine maintenance

Shop & Office Maintenance:

-           Regularly sweep and dust entry area, bathroom, shop and paint areas

-           Stock bathroom and kitchen

Back Up on Shipping and Receiving

-           Pick and pack orders

-           Ship orders

-           Check in inventory


This job is going to be a good fit for you, and us, if you’re into bikes and love to learn how things are put together. You’re probably attracted to really excellent custom paint and metal work on bicycles, classic cars and pre-war motorcycles. You’ll like to get things done and have ideas about how to make them better. You also need to be able to lift a case of hand grenades, or about 50lbs.


Pay and benefits:

This is an entry-level position and base pay starts at $9.50 per hour. We have a good benefits package including 100% paid health insurance, profit sharing, and paid time off.

If you feel that you’re a good fit, please apply by email. Send a one-page resume and cover letter describing your work and life experience as it applies to this position, including any experience in the bike frame building or fabrication environments.  In the body of the email, state the length of your last two jobs and the amount of time you’ve spent working in a workshop environment.  Please send your application materials in .pdf format to:


The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2014.



Posted on January 9, 2014 and filed under Uncategorized.