Detail Worker Apprentice (Second Shift) (Tacoma, WA)

Pay: $18-19/hr 

Schedule: M-Th | 1pm-10:30pm; F | 1pm-5pm 

As a Detail Worker Apprentice, you will work alongside seasoned professionals in the fabrication of custom wood products. This position offers hands-on training in operating woodworking machinery, utilizing various hand tools, and understanding the intricacies of woodworking techniques. This is a paid position that offers valuable hands-on experience and the potential for growth within our organization. The ideal candidate is eager to learn, has a strong work ethic, and exhibits a passion for craftsmanship.

FLSA: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Production Manager
Date: March 2024


  • Assist in setting up and operating woodworking machines and hand tools to fabricate cabinets and other custom wood products.
  • Study blueprints or drawings to understand the sequence of cutting or shaping operations.
  • Mark dimensions and outlines of parts on paper or lumber stock according to specifications.
  • Learn to match materials for color, grain, and texture.
  • Assist in trimming component parts of joints for a snug fit using hand tools.
  • Drill holes for insertion of screws or dowels as directed.
  • Assist in gluing, fitting, and clamping parts together to form complete units.
  • Drive nails or other fasteners into joints under supervision.
  • Participate in sanding and scraping surfaces and joints to prepare articles for finishing.
  • Learn to estimate hours and material take-off from drawings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.


  • High School diploma or GED.
  • No prior experience required; willingness to learn and a passion for craftsmanship are essential.


  • Basic understanding of mathematics.
  • Ability to operate standard shop machinery and hand tools.
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to follow instructions.
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative mindset.
  • Commitment to maintaining a safe working environment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Standing approximately 8-10 hours, 5 days a week, depending on business need, may be required to work 6 days/week depending on business need
  • Fine motor abilities are needed to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls
  • Specific vision abilities might be required by this job that include close vision, particularly reading that may be very fine print
  • Regular twisting, bending, squatting, pushing, pivoting, and moving or lifting 10-15 pounds
  • Employees will frequently lift and/or move 10-25 pounds while occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Exposure to moving mechanical parts such as saw blades
  • Exposed to vibration from machines
  • Noise level is loud and ear protection is on hand
  • Employees may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace
  • Sawdust is always present, and eye protection always required


Frontier Door and Cabinet’s Safety Program and all established safety rules must be followed.  This will include safety glasses, safety shoes, and hearing protection (when needed) while on the production floor.  This position will also require the use of gloves and a respirator while spraying.

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