Howmet Aerospace’s Wichita Falls, TX facility has an opening for Shell Removal Operators.

Howmet is a world leader in the investment casting industry and is a leading supplier of superalloys, aluminum, and titanium components for aerospace, automotive, and commercial transportation applications.  Our Wichita Falls location is on the front edge of the rapid growth in the aerospace and turbine industries. For more information, visit www.howmet.com. Follow @howmet: TwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube

MUST BE ABLE TO WORK 12 HOUR ROTATING NIGHT SHIFTS, 7:00 P.M TO 7:00 A.M. (2 on 2 off, 3 on 2 off, 2 on 3 off) 


Works under general supervision to remove shell from castings using the pneumatic hammer, low temperature KOH, water blast, case blast, or by manually hammering shell away.  Removes oxide layer by operating abrasive blast, finish blast, zero blast equipment.  Continuously works to meet quality customer requirements with minimum inventory.  Works as a team member in a cell environment to optimize product flow.


  • Using Computers (entering information, etc)
  • Must be able to read and interpret Product Criteria (PC) and Activity Instructions (AI).
  • Must be able to function as a member of a team and be able to work under general supervision.
  • Must be able to maintain expected quality levels.
  • Comply with all site required policies and procedures including but not limited to:
  • EHS, Quality, Code of Conduct and the Wichita Falls Employee Handbook.
  1.      Operates knockout machine to select pressures and cycle times to remove shell from castings.
  2.      Operates shot blast and low temp KOH, and water blast to remove shell.
  3.      Operates heat stamp to support cell workflow.
  4.      Operates abrasive blast, finish blast, zero blast equipment.
 *5.     Verify routings with castings to assure that all previous operations have been completed.
 *6.     Keeps heats separated.
 *7.     Selects and sets up fixtures for required task.
 *8.     Informs supervisor of required maintenance.
 *9.     Completes preventative maintenance as required.
*10.    Obtains and moves work as required.
*11.    Completes tasks per the PMS, or Activity Instructions, Product Criteria, or Temporary Instructions.
*12.    Responsible for product quality while performing semi-routine task.
*13.    Maintains a clean and orderly work area with a continuous goal to improve the
           5S program.
*14.    Responsible for safety and must wear required safety equipment.
*15.    Operates effectively as a team member in a cell environment to meet customer requirements with minimum inventory.
*16.    Must be able to move to various equipment without direction to optimize flow.
*17.    Must strive to minimize work in progress (WIP).
*18.    Must strive to decrease cycle and total departmental lead times.
*19.    Must strive to eliminate scrap and rework.
 20.    May be required to perform other duties as required.
 21.    Ability to acquire knowledge for acceptable/non-acceptable requirements for castings by being able to interpret and understand visual specifications as outlined by our customers and engineers.
 22.   Complies with all EHS rules related to the work environment.
 23.   Works overtime as needed.
*General Job Responsibilities for Shell Removal Operator


  • Comply with all department, facility, corporate and regulatory EHS regulations.
  • Wear all required personal protective equipment (PPE). (Must wear protective clothing, metatarsal safety shoes, leather apron, arm sleeves, safety glasses, face shield, ear protection and gloves).
  • Report all job-related illness and injuries (Per Employee Handbook).
  • Report all safety, health and environmental concerns to your supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Attend all EHS training.


1.  Physical Demands:

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.

Employee is required to execute the following:

  • Bending and Balancing
  • Lifting and carrying to the waist-to-chest high level, floor to waist and chest to overhead.
  • Carry items with two hands.
  • Reaching near, far and overhead.
  • Gripping, pinching and finger press.
  • Pushing, pulling and twisting
  • Continuous standing, stooping
  • Continuous Hand/Arm Vibration.
  • Squatting/crouching/bending when retrieving stored items from lower shelves and file cabinets, moving equipment / product inspections, etc.
  • Be able to climb ladders and stairs.
  • Heavy lifting >50 lbs. in substantial amounts.
  • Performs heavy laboring operations such as loading or unloading, manipulating and lifting castings.
  • Must pass Jaeger 1 eye exam.

2.  Training:

  • Three weeks on-the-job training required for acceptable proficiency.
  • Completed Training Folder.

3.  Equipment Used:

  • Abrasive Blast
  • Knockout
  • Shot Blast
  • Heat Stamp Machine
  • Grit Reclaim



  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. ‘Green Card Holder’), Political Asylee, or Refugee.


  • Basic Computer skills.
  • Shell Removal Experience
  • Knowledge of knockout and blast equipment


About Howmet Aerospace
Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s sales for 2021 approximated $5 billion. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems, titanium structural parts and forged wheels. With nearly 1,150 granted and pending patents, the Company’s differentiated technologies promote more fuel efficiency for aircraft and commercial transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com, including content shared during the Company’s May 2022 Technology Day.
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Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email TalentAcquisitionCoE_Howmet@howmet.com


The Howmet engines business produces world-class aerospace engine components, including investment castings, fasteners, rings and forgings. Our vacuum melted superalloys, machining, performance coatings and hot isostatic pressing for high performance parts enable the next generation of quieter, cleaner and more fuel-efficient aerospace engines. Able to supply more than 90% of structural and rotating aerospace engine components.

To apply for this job please visit www.howmet.com.

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