Weekly Welding Update: Handrails, Staircases + Coronavirus Precautions

Thursday’s end-of-shift image of powder coated metal staircases
produced by welding team this week.

Pro Weld’s crew performed a full welding week in the face of the coronavirus news outbreak. The coronavirus risks are real. But equally real are precautions the welding crew is taking.

“We’re proud of our welding crew. News of the coronavirus has not paralyzed our team nor company’s vitality. Productivity is a welcome escape from the news-cycle chaos.”

Stated Jim Oberlander, co-owner of his family-owned welding company.

The warm Oregon weather is a great contrast to the fear-filled news this week. With the crystal-clear blue skies there is a clarity to the National situation. In the year of 2020 – a year of vision – it’s now that a we-can-make-it and situational-context is needed. Pro Weld’s team knows the uncharted coronavirus to be a manageable threat.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”

Eleanor Roosevelt 
Pro Weld’s team close proximity for install. Team spent the past week welding to prepare
all railings and handrails for today’s install.
Welding + Install Jobsite: 1233 South Peach Medford, OR 97501

The focus on productivity places everything in perspective. While restaurants are closed nationwide, this petite welding company sees no impact. In working instead of worrying, their welding team has bypassed crippling fears. The news-spreading virus-like anxiety has not been the case for this welding team.

We’ve not taken anything for granted. Our capable and bright welding team is healthy and happy.Objective optimism is key in this uncertain time.”

Commented Penny Oberlander co-owner of Pro Weld.
Welding performed by Sattler on steel substation
parts scheduled to be shipped to a client outside the Medford, Oregon area.

As the coronavirus slows the global economy – our welding crew is still producing. Prospective and repeat clients asked all week long for RFQs on their welding projects. Pro Weld’s welding includes: metal bridges, steel substations and miscellaneous metal projects.

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sattler welding on Substation Structure component for out of town jobsite.

With the coronavirus in mind, the welding team is being extra cautious. At every turn they keep their physical space – and wash their hands often. Our team protects our welding clients, vendors and themselves in this tumultuous time. 

We’re thankful for a healthy welding crew. Best-practices with workplace hygiene is key.

Says Penny Oberlander co-owner of Pro Weld.
Pro Weld's experts are installing staircases and handrails for a 
13-plex after weeks of welding.
Pro Weld’s experts are installing staircases and handrails for a
13-plex after weeks of welding.

This week our welding company finds themselves working 7am-5pm welding non-stop. While companies with 12+ employees are closed in an effort to curb the coronavirus spread – Pro Weld’s team finds themselves humming along. The welding industry by nature keeps them away from public interfacing, therefore there is not a lot of physical contact.

“We’re vigilantly avoiding cross-contamination with our welding team. Our welding spaces are 12 feet apart. Our welding crew is nearly self-quarantined” stated Jim Oberlander co-owner of Pro Weld.

Pro Weld’s crew spent the last two weeks welding
handrails and staircases for a 13-plex in Medford, Oregon.

As welders have workspace distance, they sense job security. Workstation supplies arewith all they need to performed their welding. All welders provide their own helmets and gloves. The gear shields from welding sparks and elements and now the coronavirus too.

“Putting your hands to work – especially in welding – puts the news chaos into perspective. When our guys apply their minds to problem-solving there is a leveling effect.”

Commended Jim Oberlander, co-owner of Pro Weld.
Onsite staircase and handrail install performed by
Pro Weld’s welding team.
1233 South Peach Medford, Oregon
13-plex for metal staircase and handrails. 
Photo: Jesse Sattler

Welding work is a diversion from the onslaught of viral coverage. Ironically the welding crew seems to avoid the infectious spreading emotional and mental fear. The real threat of outbreak is kept in mind, but with production goals, the day easily moves with each welding project.

The coronavirus closed down the restaurant, and retail industries. Welding shops with more than 25 employees have been close too. Luckily, this welding shop is excluded.

Welding one inch at a time, Loegan a local intern from the College Dream program and student at EPHS finds joy in the welding industry exposure.

The Oregon’s governor closed all schools until April 28th. The welding crew has two high school students on their team. Since Pro Weld’s doors are open – this is an ideal opportunity for high school students.

This is an unparalleled work-training opportunity. Pro Weld’s welding management team plans to keep the company’s doors open. Their welding crew is content with the workload as it gives them financial strength.


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  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

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  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated


High school student makes Medford Chamber and is welding up a storm as he heads to SkillsUSA Oregon this week

Not at all welding crews have equal attitudes. Pro Weld’s hand-picked certified welding team has cultivated hunger for welding excellence. Their diligence within seasonal temperature extremes, and work ethic set them apart.

Within Pro Weld’s welding team, Gavin Frazier finds himself – once again in the spotlight. He is an example of what is good about this upcoming generation of US workers. The welding trade is ideal for students driven by the love of using their minds and hands.

Grazier welding hard-to-reach areas of steel substation structure at Pro Weld, Feb 2020.

“I don’t buy into the widespread belief that the US youth are lazy-gamers. Gavin Frazier is a great example of teenage workers. He is rocking and rolling here,” commented Penny Oberlander, co-owner at Pro Weld. “We love seeing him rise to every challenge.”

Pro Weld proudly employs Frazier at their welding shop. He is a welding student standout. In the past months Gavin Frazier stood in the news spotlight for his welding more than once.

His drive to be an excellent welding tradesman is noteworthy. In February, the Medford Chamber reposted an article on Frazier. It was a nod to interviewing by KOBI NBC5.

Shortly after drawing attention on the EPHS District Facebook for student spotlights – Frazier received more attention. His student highlight lead NBC5-KOBI news to seek him out at Pro Weld’s welding facility. A few articles and news videos later, Frazier continues to spark interest in his welding as he moves toward his career goals.

 Welding at Pro Weld of Oregon by Gavin Frazier
EPHS Student Standout Gavin Frazier rockin’-and-rolling on
steel substation structural welding job.

Despite possible age or experience limitations Frazer welds with great confidence and control as a teen,” stated Jim Oberlander, co-owner. “We’re glad he is learning about a welding career with us.”

Frazier repeatedly shines a light on Pro Weld’s choice welding team. Beyond his certified welding capacities, Frazier has his mind set on competing more. His drive and self-discipline shows in his welds. His style matches Pro Weld’s professionals in excellence. He’s welding beautiful beads with solid speeds.

 Welding at Pro Weld of Oregon by Gavin Frazier
EP School District Captures Gavin Frazier (Far Right)

Gavin has a genuinely contagious smile, and drive to learn daily in his welding. His courageous outlook will get him far. To date, Frazier is evaluating signing onto a four year internship with a regional steel erector’s company within the next six months.

“He is comfortable working even with more expert welding members. He’s not intimidated by hard work. Gavin is a hard worker, and perfect display of what we look forward to in the upcoming workforce,” commented Penny Oberlander, co-owner and certified welder of Pro Weld.

Welding student Gavin Frazier
Student employee: Gavin Frazier represents the future in welding.

This month Frazier will compete at the SkillsUSA competition. Pro Weld’s crew will be watching to see how this high school student performs. Last week, Gavin participated in RCC’s welding competition as his EPHS team built a table within a constrained time.

Custom table fabricated by Frazier & EPHS welding team
during timed RCC trade competition last week.
Photo Credit: Gavin Frazier

Trade competitions are a great way to build confidence, gain experience and exposure to others’ skill-level. Frazier is expected to thrive as his drive and level-headed approach give him the advantage. Thus far, Frazier welding included steel substation structures, handrails and onsite welding (to name a few welding project).

Frazier welding up a storm at Pro Weld in his early days of employment.

SkillsUSA is part of a national effort to elevate the upcoming talent within sectors. This annual trade competition in Oregon gives aspiring high school students something to challenge themselves. Pro Weld, Inc. is proud to see so many youth welders within the competition each year.


Enjoyed this welding related post? Read more about our favorite welding projects below:

  1. Metal Welding Project: Steel Substation Structure
  2. Metal Welding Project: Iron Horse BBQ Grill Welding and Fabrication
  3. Metal Welding Project: Crane Rental Services & Crane Rigging Rental
  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

Discover more about the welding team at Pro Weld, Inc. and the welding management company set-asides:

  1. Welding Crew: Employee Welding Captures KOBI News
  2. Welding Crew: College Dreams Partnership with Pro Weld, Inc.
  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated

Welding performed for an electrical substation steel structure

A-Frame Welding steel substation structure
Oberlander performs certified welding on a-frame substation steel structure within Pro Weld

Pro Weld’s co-owner, Jim Oberlander reflects on the latest steel substation structure which was awarded at the end of 2019. This Southern Oregon welding company out-bid and out-performed for a Central Oregon electric company. Scroll down part the a-frame structure to view the descriptive video taken from a man basket – two stories up within the welding facility.

The A-frame is one of three most common structures. The A-frame is a part of the dead-end structures. It provides a strong frame that is of heavier steel, and can host more tension.

Steel substation A-Frame structure welding performed by Pro Weld of White City Oregon

This A-Frame was custom built off blueprints modified by Pro Weld to meet the client’s needs. The client originally provided the AutoCAD steel structure drawings. Pro Weld offered their redline services to modify the structures to the client’s needs.

“This is the second A-Frame for a dead-end steel substation structure. The welding team took it through final-fit-up. All the bolts are lining up, all the cross-members are properly drilled.

We’re now welding on the little arrestor brackets or motor start switch brackets on the angles.

We still have a little more to fit up on the columns but the first pair have already been fit up with a set-up very similar to this. Everything looks like it’s on slate and time to go.” Jim Oberlander shared what he did in working closely with his welding team.

Pro Weld prides itself on hiring top-notch welding professionals, and offering matchless leadership. Metal structure blueprints can be sent to info@pro-weld.com to begin your welding projects.

If you’re seeking a certified welding shop to do your metal work, reach Pro Weld, Inc. through www.pro-weld.com.  Call 541-826-1404 to discuss your welding job.

Steel Structure Welding Success and General Contractor Work Updates

We’re loving the sunshine in the Rogue Valley. Our welding crew and construction subcontractors are whipping out the work in this temperate weather. But it’s not only metal welding we’re offering. We’re utilizing our General Contractor’s license by building a new residential property.

General Contractor, Pro Weld, Inc’s subcontracting team framing new residential custom home in Oregon

“We’ve selected top-notch subcontractors. They’re performing quite nicely,” states Jim Oberlander, General Contractor. Jim is a co-owner of Pro Weld, Inc. “We’re pleased to work with excellent subs. Our hard-working and bright welding crew is also indispensable.”

Our welding jobs and construction projects are moving forward. Pro Weld is seen in the north and south sides of Southern Oregon. Although job sites are equidistant from their 1316 Ave G White City welding shop. We make sure each project has adequate are supported.

Our welding crew is often in and out of our facility. Half this week, the team was in the field welding. Meanwhile, our subcontractors have the continuous support they need. Pro Weld’s owners are exacting in their quality control, communication and efforts. Project support equals success with each job.

There is no lack of work. Pro Weld has made a name of superior excellence for itself for nearly three decades. The standard of welding expertise distinguishes them. Excellence is where Pro Weld thrives in performance welding and project leadership.

Three of the steel substation structures – of the 22k-lbs Pro Weld’s welding crew completed

Our welding crew enjoys the scale and scope of Pro Weld’s structural steel. They crew is relentless to complete each welding project. For the recent steel substation structures – the welding team finished quickly. They performed all welding exceeding 6 weeks ahead of schedule. After welding completion – the steel substation structures went north to our galvanizer. It is set to be delivered to a state park substation once the client decides the date.

The welding team sees such a variety of welding jobs. Yet, it does not deter their enthusiasm on even the industrial-scale steel substation structure. The delivery is pending the client’s coordination of their substation park site. Pro Weld’s welding team fabricated 22,745 lbs of dead-end structures, high switch stands, and a large A-Frame structure are a few of the steel components.

Oberlander welding custom steel posts fabricated at Pro Weld

Our welding jobs have no measure of simplicity. Yet in the face of mathematical challenges, we’re up to calibrating course – should need be -and productively dredging ahead. Our team has an upbeat, can-do attitude mixed with decades of experience and innovative brilliance. All of which allows for Pro Weld to meet customer’s time, and quality demands.

Team work, and transparency are paramount.

Pro Weld’s subcontractors are hoofing along, framing up this residential custom build in beautiful Southern Oregon. This week, the sun shines favoring the raw wood exposing the wide-halled house as it’s being built. With every success, the team is charged with confidence to take on the next challenge.

“This has been a great year for our welding crew. We’ve been select about which jobs we’ve pursued. And think: it’s only the first quarter,” states Penny Oberlander, co-founder and certified welding co-owner. “There are always set-backs, so maintaining optimism is key. We’re constantly planning and adjusting with our leadership team.”

Feb. 26th 2020: New Construction Residential Build – General Contractor Pro Weld, Inc.

Pro Weld has been pleased to have such a cohesive solid welding team. The sharp-minds and diligence of the crew does not go unnoticed. It’s key to have workers who are mechanical inclined and love welding. The crew enjoys the diversity of projects and weather conditions.

The new construction build has had classical unexpected production-pausers. Be it the cold winter rain, to the crazy sticky mud job sites. There was even a rare truss break – ironically the first to be set on the new residential build.

Pro Weld employing subcontractors under their General Contractor’s License
for custom build

Upon inspection, it was a rare one-in-a-million wood defect. The truss had a wood knot which was dead-set in the middle. The truss snapped mid-air as if an imaginary finger bent both sides of a fragile toothpick. Luckily our team and subs are prepare for such problems – so nobody was injured.

“We’ve been safely moving forward with every classic-construction bump-in-the-road,” smiled Jim Oberlander. “These scale of these welding and construction jobs have been a healthy challenge. It’s what my welding team and I rise to meet – each day.”

Pro Weld’s General Contractor Jim Oberlander never stops brainstorming and problem-solving. The support for the subcontractor is practically a non-stop conversation. The on-going communication allows for both the predominantly steel structure welding company to continue its production at the welding shop, and the construction crew to happily continue working into the next phase of the residential build.

Pro Weld metal handrail and staircase performed by welding team.

If you’re seeking a way to have your metal welding jobs performed, drop in to Pro Weld, Inc. to speak with an expert. Be sure to check our welding work listed here: http://pro-weld.com/work for more on what welding services we offer.


Pro Weld offers AutoCAD services alongside their welding and construction management

Submit a request for QUOTE to info@pro-weld.com or call 541-826-1404 to begin the discussion of your welding projects, new construction or steel substation RFQ. Be sure to submit your blueprints, napkin-designs or metal projects needing welding.

See our welding management team at www.pro-weld.com/about for more on our welding company.

For more on the welding jobs and the structural steel company check www.pro-weld.com/.


Enjoyed this welding related post? Read more about our favorite welding projects below:

  1. Metal Welding Project: Steel Substation Structure
  2. Metal Welding Project: Iron Horse BBQ Grill Welding and Fabrication
  3. Metal Welding Project: Crane Rental Services & Crane Rigging Rental
  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

Discover more about the welding team at Pro Weld, Inc. and the welding management company set-asides:

  1. Welding Crew: Employee Welding Captures KOBI News
  2. Welding Crew: College Dreams Partnership with Pro Weld, Inc.
  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated

Welding team flies high in February

February is flying by and Pro Weld, Inc. and we are soaring. This week Pro Weld’s fabrication hours focused on various welding projects. They are forming not just metal structures, but their welding crew and properties.

Jim Oberlander, General Contractor overseeing new house build

As President’s week closes out, the welding team moves from welding project to sites. They seek faster, leaner ways to offer welding, and metal solutions. The General Contractors License allows Pro Weld to provide construction site leadership. The latest private building project is in the northeast Rogue Valley.

Pro Weld uses its Contractors License and leadership beyond welding shop

“Our welding team relishes problem-solving. They daily challenge themselves to provide the best welding in Oregon. They have earned their bragging rights,” commented Penny Oberlander. “Hands-down, we have the best welding team.”

Penny is the President and co-founder of the woman-owned welding shop. She is a certified welder and crane operator. Her welding team leadership brought the company over five industry trade shows.

Structural steel posts fabricated at welding shop this week at Pro Weld, Inc.

The excellence in welding is seen from Canada to Honduras. Frequently, the company’s welding products are at Las Vegas shows. Mrs. Oberlander provides seamless support and the best of welding practices. She selects welding hires based on aptitude and attitude.

This week the welding team bridged jobs in the north and south ends of the Rogue Valley. The welding team is on their second custom steel structure. This hush-hush confidential metal frame will host a half-million-dollar machine out of Canada.

We’re proud of our welding team. They rise to the welding challenges. Whether it’s onsite field welding, or structural steel welding – they are hungry to learn.” says Jim Oberlander, co-founder of Pro Weld. “Welding a passion, so finding employees who are fueled by welding is a dream.

Aluminum welding performed on customer supplied box at Pro Weld.

Amidst the week’s welding jobs, the crew took on “rush / emergency” tig welding job. The broken box housing hydraulic oil – disabled its use. A certified welder provided perfect welding to the aluminum box – sealing it for use again. “Wow! That’s a nice weld,” said the aluminum box’s owner.

Loegan welding training exercise at Pro Weld, Inc.

Outside of the welding projects, Pro Weld’s staff continues on-the-job-training. This week completed a 15-week Crater School of Biz internship program. The local students experienced the ins-and-outs of a welding company.

Interns from Crater School of Business during welding shop internship get hands on experience at Pro Weld, Inc.

The majority of the hours they worked in the engineering office on internal projects. The Crater High students used metal grinders, hand held plasma cutters, and on one occasion the CNC plasma table. This year alone, Pro Weld has had interns from Crater Biz Academy, College Dreams and WorkSource signed OJT welding hires.

Pro Weld partners with College Dreams in welding shop experience

One of the ways Pro Weld is kicking-off this year’s in-house welding training is through working with students. This is the first year to partner with College Dreams. This is just one of many programs Pro Weld’s management uses to support training through apprentice-type learning.

College Dreams has placed its first welding-related job shadowing intern this January. This program offers underserved high school students through a non-profit organization serving students in Jackson and Josephine counties. This program connects the dots between workplaces offering internship-type job training and disadvantaged students seeking work experience.

One of the goals is to provide a safe professional space for students to begin gaining basic metalworking skills. At this welding shop, students interested in learning on the job about the metal industry have ample opportunities. Each day assigned tasks – vary which aid in gaining real-life work experience and metal trade skills.

Pro Weld aims to provide positive workplace experiences as a catalyst for growth as the first step in their welding career. It’s important to be selective about interns at Pro Weld. This workplace opportunity is for youth to unplug from devices. They are learning to work.

These learning opportunities are about being in a professional setting to apply their minds, and hands in the metal trade. Based on attitude and aptitude. Intern students are placed on daily (supervised) tasks and welding-related metal projects.

These interns must have a driving ambition to learn the welding trade. Without them giving us their full attention, as if this was a direct hire – we don’t take them.

“We love finding eager-to-learn students interested in work-experiences at our welding facility. We screen for bright self-starters who want to focus their attention on welding,” commented Penny Oberlander, President and co-owner.

Welding job training at Pro Weld White City facility through WorkSource Rogue Valley

Career Build aka College Dreams Work Experience

Each student is prequalified by College Dreams. These qualifications are within a set criterion which may be a barrier to employment. College Dreams takes on all wages and workers’ comp insurance, which allows for the internship to take place. The program is an excellent way for Pro Weld to provide learning within their welding shop, while giving a student a snapshot into an industry.  

Internships are a way to gain hands-on welding shop experience as a beginner. You must be curious and humbly willing to starts from the ground up to be successful,” commended Jim Oberlander, certified welder and company co-founder and co-owner.

Students who seek the job-shadowing at Pro Weld go through the standard job application process – which begins by coming to the welding facility. Upon returning with a completed application, applicants return with their resume and application for review and scheduling of office testing.

Once the application, resume and testing are complete, Pro Weld’s management begins discussions of working with the student. College Dream interns are officially hired by the program, and trained by professionals at Pro Weld. All duties will be assigned based on set goals – that match their capacities. Students, Pro Weld supervisors and College Dream reps track all progress and growth.

Jim Oberlander training welding employees at Pro Weld, Inc. on structural steel project

General Welding and office internships at Pro Weld, Inc.

Internships are often an inroad to an industry. Students with welding shop job experience have a competitive edge in contrast to job applicants without prior experience. Basic welding shop related tasks kick off the internship experience. Depending on an individual’s drive and capacity welding supervisors will give tasks to learn and grow on.  

Math skills are a key element to welding careers. The specific daily math includes geometry and algebra, and at times touches on trigonometry. Welding applicants with poor mathematics find themselves making significant errors fit up. Those type of difficulties can be overcome with brushing up through online courses.

Pro Weld's sandblasting booth at welding shop
Welding Shop training can include sandblasting at Pro Weld, Inc.

Internship Prep for Welding-Related Training

Interns take a set of inhouse offices tests to display their understanding of mathematical principles. Reading a tape measure is one of those tests, and it not a disqualifier. It is simply a gage to read potential strength in welding and fabricating metal materials correctly the first time.

For those looking for welding or office internship positions – drop into Pro Weld at 1316 Ave G in White City Oregon for an application. We work directly with Rescare/WorkSource Rogue Valley on Jobs Plus, and other WorkSource entities to maximize training support. It is highly recommended to take the “National Career Readiness Certificate” test in order to see how strong candidates math skills are.

For those looking for a quote on welding job related projects, call us directly at 541-826-1404 or email info@pro-weld.com. Be sure to read about what it takes to work outside of the box (and welding shop). To find out more about welding job openings, see us here.

If you are desiring to participated in a Pro Weld welding or shop assistant internship please drop for an application. This quarter we are working directly with WorkSource Oregon, Rescare, College Dreams, and Crater School of Business. In past years there have been office intern participating form Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University.


Enjoyed this welding related post? Read more about our favorite welding projects below:

  1. Metal Welding Project: Steel Substation Structure
  2. Metal Welding Project: Iron Horse BBQ Grill Welding and Fabrication
  3. Metal Welding Project: Crane Rental Services & Crane Rigging Rental
  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

Discover more about the welding team at Pro Weld, Inc. and the welding management company set-asides:

  1. Welding Crew: Employee Welding Captures KOBI News
  2. Welding Crew: College Dreams Partnership with Pro Weld, Inc.
  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated

Welding facility’s promising view of 2020 markets

We’re days from the end of January, and our welding shop’s seeing a promising 2020 full of metal fabrication and steel production. Australian and British clientele met this week in Pro Weld’s family-operated welding facility to discuss the like. Despite rainy cloud-filled days, the welding team is optimistic in the weather fluxuations.

See what it takes to be on the welding team here.

Rainbow over Upper Table Rocks north view from welding shop on
1316 Ave White City, Oregon

This week, Pro Weld’s crew is welding on an undisclosed custom metal structure. It’s so enormous that few welding shops could manage the height, let alone the demand for welding expertise. This towering steel structure is the base-framework for specialty equipment. The metal project is one of many parts shipped from out-of-state, some of which came in from Canada.

The specialty welding project and its concepts have been hush-hush. Client representatives came to Pro Weld off metal industry research and local referrals. Once the welding is complete, the steel structure will house industrial-size heavy equipment. It’s been essential for the client to have fluid communication with Pro Weld’s metal and welding team.

It’s been essential for the client to have direct communication with Pro Weld’s metal team.

Welding is our passion. We provide metal solutions – which is simply one of our expertises in the field of steel fabrication and welding production.

Oberlander welding with Zelmer on structural steel at Pro Weld welding facility

The specialty equipment arrived at the welding shop via international freight last week. Pro Weld’s welding company is near completion on this proprietary metal work. They were selected shortly after the first discussion about the welding job.

Pro Weld’s capacity can support the metal project design. The team works with the engineers to enhance the metal structure design to aid in lean manufacturing. A stream of emails has flowed from engineers, and owners since day one.

Zelmer watches Oberlanders welding technique on major steel structure

The metal design concepts, blueprints and equipment specs are key to success. The welding management team has been involved every step of the way. In this project, Pro Weld will not just offer its welding services – it will also provide a 45-ton crane rental service.

The flawless welding, and brainstorming services is paramount to why this welding project was awarded. Pro Weld is the only welding shop in Oregon to bid. This excites Pro Weld’s owners as it allows them to introduce new money to Oregon’s economy. They are pleased to hear they beat out-of-state competitors.

Substation Steel Structure and Metal Tower Requiring Scissor lift for welding at Pro Weld

Our welding services help drive client productivity. Metal solutions is a key creed in our welding crew and services. We’re strategic about which welding jobs we bid on as there’s no half-measures with our team. We try avoiding change-orders. Sadly, sticking to your original price is not an industry wide practice,” commented Jim Oberlander, co-owner.

Clients trust the certified welding provided at Pro Weld. They come for sustainable metal solutions.

The unnamed metal project must be right the first time. This is outside of the various welding jobs Pro Weld has, which includes another structural steel substation. Once the welding team fabricates the structure, the metal must be welded with longevity in mind.

Before cutting, fabricators must measure twice, cut once. The welding machines are set perfectly. Each machine is calibrated to the metals before the welding begins.

Demonstration of welding
Welding demo on steel structure by expert Oberlander at
Pro Weld

This specific project demands the welding team focuses on seamless welds performed right the first time. With each measurement, there a double-checking taking place. The prints have to match so clients can set their equipment and operate without hiccups.

Quality control goes hand-in-hand with our welding productivity. The blueprint drawings have to match the steel frame. It’s a lot of daily verifying and double checking but that’s just how welding projects go.

Besides the welding jobs, we’ve other projects on the board. We’re even utilizing our General Contractors license on a build with a military veteran. Our welding team loves the diversity of projects. Every day is a weld-outside-the-box kind of day,” stated Penny Oberlander, co-founder and majority co-owner.

Steel Substation Structure Part fabrication and welding done by Pro Weld, Inc.

This welding team is not without its challenges, in fact: that is the place this welding shop thrives. Pro Weld’s management team is no only knowledgeable about best welding practices, they offer solutions to complex metal structural issues, and design flaws. In addition to their 25+ years of welding and company management, Pro Weld is a General Contractor and is selectively overseeing job sites.

If you want a welding job with Pro Weld, check out what it takes to be on our team here. If you need welding on your project, drop in to discuss metal solutions at 1316 Ave G White City, Oregon 97503. For more on our woman-owned company, see here.


Enjoyed this welding related post? Read more about our favorite welding projects below:

  1. Metal Welding Project: Steel Substation Structure
  2. Metal Welding Project: Iron Horse BBQ Grill Welding and Fabrication
  3. Metal Welding Project: Crane Rental Services & Crane Rigging Rental
  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

Discover more about the welding team at Pro Weld, Inc. and the welding management company set-asides:

  1. Welding Crew: Employee Welding Captures KOBI News
  2. Welding Crew: College Dreams Partnership with Pro Weld, Inc.
  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated

Welding Job Openings at Pro Weld, Inc.

Welding Job Openings

Are you great at welding and have a drive to become a tradesman fabricator? Come in to Pro Weld, Inc. to apply for a welding job! We always seek the best and brightest in building our welding crew.

Welding Jobs
Pro Weld Job Openings for Welding Team

It is not mandatory to be a journeyman nor certified welding expert to apply. However, we do aim to work from a base of welding experience. Knowledge of fabrication and mathematical principles are used each day by welding shop employees.

We seek to craft our welding team one person at a time. Individuals have to be great at math. Beyond that: it’s about attitude and aptitude,” commented Penny Oberlander, co-owner. “We want bright individuals who fit our welding team’s culture of excellence.

Jobs for welders
In person welding job applicants come to 1316 Ave G White City Oregon

All welding applicants are required to retrieve a printed application in person. The welding office is typically open from 8-4:30pm. These hours mirror the welding shop hours.

Pro Weld’s welding facility is located at 1316 Ave G White City, Oregon 97503 – just 10 minutes from I-5.  Drop in for a welding application today.

**(ATTN: Please no calls, no emails. Due to the overwhelming number of welding applicants, we only interview those who apply in person) **

Pro Weld Welding Jobs
Employees Welding at Pro Weld

Tips for applying for a welding job with Pro Weld

Be sure to familiarize yourself with our current welding projects shown within the Pro Weld news and work pages. The size, scope and scale of welding projects we are hired for vary vastly. Within one day, our welding crew may be on a crane job, then working on a major steel substation structure for out-of-state clients.

We offer in-house welding certification once the employment probation period has been satisfied. Be sure to come with a self-starter attitude. We look for self-driven welding employees with an upbeat attitude.

Welding is not for the faint of heart. We hire the calm, the competitive and the self-confident. Our welding crew has fire in their eyes. When your see their productivity – you know they’re beasts.” says Jim Oberlander, co-owner and journeyman of 40+ years.

Pro Weld looks for welders who have fire in their eyes to add to their welding crew.
“There is no off switch on a tiger.” ~ German Proverb

Keep in mind: we are a family-owned, and operated business. Being professionals of excellence (especially in welding) is personal for us. We seek welding professionals who match our culture of excellence with positive attitudes and high aptitudes.

If you have what it takes to work with metal, sparks and heat – come apply with us. We need great welding employees.

Welding experts
Welding crew focusing on task at hand.

For each of us, this is more than a welding shop. We seek excellence in every industry we serve. It doesn’t matter if we are welding metal planter pots or watering flowered plants themselves – we take pride in hard-work performed efficiently. Excellence and integrity are paramount.

It doesn’t matter to us if the welding job is out in the mud and cold weather, or within our enclosed welding shop. Not all welding jobs aren’t glorious. Regardless, each job is an excuse to demonstrate first-class welding workmanship.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison, inventor. 


Welding is an opportunity for tradesmen workmanship.

We are certified in various set-aside designations (ESB, WOB, WBE & DBE), which enables Pro Weld to compete on large-scale, specialty steel and metal welding jobs. These government and state bidding opportunities allows us to show our top-notch excellence in welding and metal fabrication.

If you need a welding job, or seek new employment be sure to browse site. Each page is a display of welding job performed within our company of excellence, and with metal-solutions in mind. From our news page, to the work and services, you will find ample examples of what is normal for our welding job.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  –Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Apple

Pro Weld has found itself as a metal and industry leader for its excellence, and leadership on welding and metal projects. We look to continue adding to our welding team individuals with resilience, integrity and a hunger to make every welding job “trade show” material. Our products must show the highest degree of welding excellence.

Check our our substation steel structures for example.

Welding performed on BBQ grill
Pro Weld completed all welding on this BBQ grill

To date, Pro Weld’s is the sole producer of their former subsidiary company, the Iron Horse BBQ. The Cattlemen’s Santa Maria and Iron Horse BBQ Grill products have led Pro Weld to display their welding products at industry trade shows in Atlanta, Orlando and most-regularly in Las Vegas. Pro Weld’s metal products and welding excellence has been on display at trade shows since 2005.

Come to Pro Weld if you see yourself thriving with our award-winning company. Be sure to check out this week’s update under “Welding resilience despite freezing temperatures” pertaining to welding characteristics of our crew. As they are without question titans in the welding field.


Enjoyed this welding related post? Read more about our favorite welding projects below:

  1. Metal Welding Project: Steel Substation Structure
  2. Metal Welding Project: Iron Horse BBQ Grill Welding and Fabrication
  3. Metal Welding Project: Crane Rental Services & Crane Rigging Rental
  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

Discover more about the welding team at Pro Weld, Inc. and the welding management company set-asides:

  1. Welding Crew: Employee Welding Captures KOBI News
  2. Welding Crew: College Dreams Partnership with Pro Weld, Inc.
  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated

Welding resilience despite freezing temperatures

Welcome to a 38° Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We’re three weeks into January and Pro Weld’s welding team is smoking-out the metal and fabrication. As the freezing weather continues, the welding team does not have dampened spirits.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. during his Oberlin College commencement speech in 1965.

MLK Jr.’s words could not be more true today for the welding crew facing extreme weather conditions. And their near-perfect welding seams shows it in their determination. Resilience is everything.

The welding team heats up this Oregon based Northwest welding shop. Sparks light up their excellent welding. Nothing seems to thwart their welding execution. Their first-class welding blows smoke in the face of rising and falling temperatures.

Oregon welding and install
Pro Weld welding team during an install in Grants Pass, Oregon at
Jobsite of Aspen Dental, Jersey Mike’s Subs, & MOD Pizza.

“We’ve really got a bravura welding crew,” beams Penny Oberlander, the women-owner and certified welder. “It’s great seeing welding excellence – despite cold days. Learning to enjoy welding in all conditions is the key that sets our welders apart.”

The welding team finds themselves in all weather conditions. Welders work predominantly within the Pro Weld owned two-story welding facility in Southern Oregon. Yet, formidable welding is not for the faint of heart.

One must persevere in all conditions: the sunshine, the rain and in the snow. Welding crews must have an irrepressible desire to do superb tradesmen work. Their own inner strength drives their productivity regardless of weather that reaches below freezing.

 Welding is not for the faint of heart
Welding is not for the faint of heart. Resilience is everything.

Great welding teams can be as tough as an elite pack of siberian huskies. They tend to weed themselves out – as welding jobs demand masterly stamina and physical fitness. They have an insatiable desire for welding excellence in every bead, and expect the same of their welding co-workers.

The hand-picked welding team is known for their endurance, performance and focus on tasks at hand. And it’s here at Pro Weld’s 14,000 square foot building that welders find themselves thriving. The welding shop has all the latest welding equipment for all sizes of metal and steel jobs at their disposal.

Certified welding job
Zelmer, a metal fabricator in training, started his welding career with Pro Weld. His focus on welding excellence is clear on the metal project before him.

For more than two dozen years, Pro Weld has had international and out-of-state money transfers into Medford, Oregon banks. The welding team consists of a select group of welders. But that does not hinder Pro Weld’s management from pursuing large metal jobs. The team secures welding contracts from outside the Southern Oregon area – as they seek to help boost the local economy.

We offer excellence in every welding job. We’re at the stage of focusing on which size challenges we want to take on. Projects with a lot of welding complexity is where our work and competency speak for itself,” stated Jim Oberlander, co-owner as he passes through the office in route to direct his welding team.

They are presently welding on-schedule for an out-of-town steel substation structure project. Due to their efficient welding practices, Pro Weld is set to perform ahead of time. It’s normal for this welding team. They are accustomed to making metal deliveries before the contracted deadlines. This is one of many welding projects due by the end of the quarter.

Welding jobs make simple with Pro Weld
Pro Weld offers the best of fabrication and welding practices day or night, rain or shine.

Don’t be a stranger: feel free to drop into Pro Weld, Inc. located at 1316 Ave G White City, Oregon 97503 to discuss your metal and steel structures. We can arrange for a welding expert to look at your blueprints, hand sketches and architectural designs.

For those seeking welding experts from beyond the Medford, Oregon area, call TODAY to speak with a welding expert: 541-826-1404. There is also an option to schedule a What’sApp, Google Duo, or Skype video call for those inquiring from out of the USA wanting to speak to Pro Weld’s expert welding and metal fabrication team.

You’re welcome to email inquiries to info@pro-weld.com. Check out Pro Weld’s work page, and site for more on their welding and steel structure capacities with metal.

For more on Pro Weld’s welding projects, we have pages you can check out. They are as follows: Structural Steel Welding I-Beams, Metal Gate Welding, Metal Handrail Welding, Metal Door Welding, Metal Spiral Railing Welding, Safety Carts and Cylinder Safety Transportation Carts, but not to forget CNC Plasma Table Cutting Services and Boom Truck Rental Services.

For those who have the hunger for excellence and seeking a welding job, drop in for an application.


Enjoyed this welding related post? Read more about our favorite welding projects below:

  1. Metal Welding Project: Steel Substation Structure
  2. Metal Welding Project: Iron Horse BBQ Grill Welding and Fabrication
  3. Metal Welding Project: Crane Rental Services & Crane Rigging Rental
  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

Discover more about the welding team at Pro Weld, Inc. and the welding management company set-asides:

  1. Welding Crew: Employee Welding Captures KOBI News
  2. Welding Crew: College Dreams Partnership with Pro Weld, Inc.
  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated

Metal Cutting with CNC Plasma Cutting Water Table

We weld, we grind, we help clients get expert metal designs. If you have large scale structural steel substation projects or custom designs to be cut – Pro Weld’s CNC plasma cutting machine can do it. Our welding team is cross-trained on most of our equipment – which includes the cnc plasma cutting table.

Pro Weld, Inc.’s welding team offers expert fabrication, with the option of CNC plasma cutting as an add-on to their welding job services.

When it comes to small metal parts, Pro Weld finds ways to offer the CNC plasma services. With every CNC cutting service performed, there is an increase in productivity. The parts that are typically hand-cut are efficiently plasma cut out of metals with Pro Weld’s computer-ran CNC plasma cutting machine.

The Southern Oregon, women-owned metal company is known for its welding performance and expertise in metal fabrication. Yet, they are now cutting out a reputation with its cnc plasma cutting services. There have been discussions about adding more shifts to keep the cnc plasma table cutting for a solid 16+ hours to meet metal production and growth demands.

CNC Plasma design to cutting at Pro Weld metal shop

The cnc plasma table was built in house by Pro Weld’s owners and welding team. The current table is the first model build at Pro Weld, which will soon be dwarfed by a much larger cnc plasma cutting table. The cnc table is color-themed: red and blue to match the company logos. The contrasting white welding shop walls, and reflective water table make for an iconic representation of the bold US American flag.

The plasma table is designed in a tank-table style. There are several key reasons for the cnc plasma to be a water table. Simply put, a cnc plasma water table reduces: heat-distortion, dust, plasma table cost, noise, arc flashes, and keeps all metal at a lower temperature. The cooler temperature helps avoids metals warping at all times.

The Pro Weld built water cnc plasma table is constructed to raise or lower water levels. This feature gives the cnc plasma operator the ability to submerge the plate by adjusting the water. This adjustable water level option is great for the various types of cutting this cnc plasma table can do.

Pro Weld utilizes the CNC plasma machine whenever it expedites metal cutting and welding fabrication production times. Our welding crew is more industrious and efficient because of the speed. The accuracy of the CNC plasma cutting table is near to impossible to mirror by hand.

“We’re continuing to find innovative ways to make welding jobs efficient. Having this cnc plasma cutter has been a game changer and great tool for our welding team. We’re excited about Pro Weld’s continued growth.” remarked Penny Oberlander, co-founder and certified welder.


Pro Weld's CNC Plasma Cutting
CNC PLASMA TABLE CUTTER AT Welding Shop (Pro Weld, Inc.)

The unparalleled CNC plasma cutting table allows fabricators to keep welding as the CNC machine does the intricate cuts. The minimization of metal waste and increase in material usefulness is impressive. Pro Weld’s CNC plasma table is a water table.

It’s like wow – now I don’t have hand-cramps. The CNC plasma cutting table is fast, precise and accurate. Each welding project is expedited with a few clicks thanks to the plasma table,” stated one Pro Weld employee.

Plasma water table CNC cutting
CNC cutting with water plasma table at Pro Weld

Water Table Functionality
Pro Weld, Inc. opted to fabricate their own CNC Plasma Water Table. Their welding team worked closely with co-owner Jim Oberlander to insure every aspect of the table perfectly matched Pro Weld’s industrial and structural metal project demands.

The CNC cutting table can hold a 7′ by 12′ sheet of metal up to 1-1/2″ thick. All types of designs and materials have been processed on this table. In 2020 alone, Pro Weld’s welding company has cut base plates, grates (as seen in above video) and other trick designs for custom welding jobs.

Our only limit is imagination. We’ll be finishing our secondary CNC plasma cutting table sometime this year. It’ll be twice the size – doubling our capacity. Our welding team is stoked,” says Jim Oberlander, co-owner and master fabricator of 40+ years.



CNC Plasma Cutting Table at Pro Weld shop

If you see to have cnc plasma table cutting performed by Pro Weld, Inc. give them a call at 541-826-1404. Otherwise, see more on our plasma here, and email us directly at info@pro-weld.com for your cnc plasma cutting metal jobs and welding projects.

In addition to the CNC metal plasma table cutting, Pro Weld offers doors, metal fabricated structures, metal pots and steel planters, cylinders carts, smoking shelters, outdoor decking, gates, handrails, substation steel structures, boom truck and crane services and metal safety bollards.


Enjoyed this welding related post? Read more about our favorite welding projects below:

  1. Metal Welding Project: Steel Substation Structure
  2. Metal Welding Project: Iron Horse BBQ Grill Welding and Fabrication
  3. Metal Welding Project: Crane Rental Services & Crane Rigging Rental
  4. Metal Welding Project: 2020 Welding Market
  5. Metal Welding Project: CNC Plasma Cutting Table and Metal Services

Discover more about the welding team at Pro Weld, Inc. and the welding management company set-asides:

  1. Welding Crew: Employee Welding Captures KOBI News
  2. Welding Crew: College Dreams Partnership with Pro Weld, Inc.
  3. Welding Crew: Welding in all Weather Conditions
  4. Welding Crew: Employment Welding Job Openings
  5. Welding Crew: Pro Weld, Inc. Management

To know more about Pro Weld’s ownership, check out the below:

  1. Certified Welding Shop: Pro Weld, Inc. Ownership
  2. Certified Welding Shop: Award-Winning Family Business
  3. Certified Welding Shop: Women Owned and Operated