Josh Powell


To find an environment that fosters creative, functional use of technology.

Qualifications Summary

  • Extensive knowledge in welding and metal fabrication.
  • Strong ability and in-depth knowledge of common welding processes, uses of jigs, fixtures and other template equipment, physical dexterity for welding and fabrication processes and blueprint interpretation.
  • Significant skill in operation and repair of machine tools from basic shop equipment to CNC robotics.
  • Organized and deadline oriented. 
  • Strong aesthetic and sculptural sensibilities.

Work History

Work History
Jun 2013 - Aug 2014

Site manager, Lead builder, Artist, Welder.

Lead Pencil Studio

Completed the Oregon State Hospital Memorial project in conjunction with Lead Pencil Studio.  I consider this to be some of my best work, for a darkly deserving cause.  We interred the remains of 3000 patients who passed at the Oregon State Mental hospital in a stainless steel columbarium wall, creating a courtyard around the old crematorium.  Due to the damage that the urns containing the remains had taken over the years, new urns were fashioned in ceramic, and the crematorium was rearchitected into a display for the reclaimed and corroded containers.

  • Detail oriented, site specific fabrication of iron, brass and stainless steel.
  • Onsite construction to a high level of fit and finish.
  • Project supervision, planning, and implementation for all building phases of the project.
Jan 2012 - Present


Grind Knives.

Creates hand made cutlery for the outdoor/military/police community.  Manages multiple products on dissimilar deliver schedules.


  • Logistics, shipping and ordering for small business.
  • Cutting, grinding, heat treating, finishing.
  • Customer interaction at a custom production level.

Jun 2012 - Jun 2013


Lead Pencil Studios

Functioned as a welder/sculptor for the public art project "Inversion Plus Minus".   Worked creatively to a detail oriented standard to produce one of Portland, Oregon's largest pieces of public art.  Participated in all aspects of this large scale sculpture including welding, fitting, and layout of very large structural and sculptural pieces. Provided a complete level of logistic support including staging, fabrication, tracking materials and consumables, shop maintenance and advisory capacity on local resources.


  • High level aesthetic sculpture on a large scale.

  • Technical support ability for welders and shop equipment.

  • Logistic support for construction and installation of sculpture.

Jan 2012 - May 2012


Acme Scenic and Display

Formed retail displays, tradeshow components, and museum exhibits for companies such as Nike and Puma. Worked closely with project managers and clients to provide high quality displays and fixtures for high paced retail environments. 


  • Fabrication of high end retail fixtures and displays for blue print to finished product.

  • Maintained timelines for multiple concurrent projects.

  • Welding and equipment support for multiple processes including MIG, TIG and Plasma.

May 2010 - Dec 2011

Metal Shop Lead/Install Lead.

Formations, Inc.

Lead builder in the construction of museum exhibits and interactive displays.  Constructed extremely high quality exhibits and interactives from aluminum, steel, stainless, acrylics, resin casts and laminates. Provided welding at the highest level of cosmetic and structural quality.  Placed emphasis on ease of installation and minimization of on site work time.  Analyzed and provided constructive feed back regarding blue prints and shop drawings to reduce the cost of materials and production while increasing quality and turnover.


  • Fabrication of high end exhibits and interactives from blueprint to finish.

  • Maintained timelines for multiple concurrent projects.

  • Managed scheduling and materials ordering for large scale projects.

Mar 2008 - Dec 2009

Gold Line Lead Finisher/Engineering liaison.

Benchmade Knife Company

Served as the primary production finisher for Benchmade's Gold Line of knives.  Utilized production grinding equipment to grind and finish steel, wood and exotic materials to exceedingly high tolerances and finishes. Facilitated high turnover production by functioning as the liaison for the Gold Line to the engineering and marketing groups.  Served as lead technician and maintenance for the Robotic/CNC laser mark and Serrate work cell.


  • Delivered art quality product at a production rate.

  • Provided quality control for Gold line, assembly and warranty repair groups.

  • Operated production level machinery, including CNC and robotic equipment.

Jun 2001 - Oct 2008

Site Manager/Production Assistant.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Inc.

Provided the highest quality of service to Portland’s Business and entertainment communities. Responsible for fabrication and installation of set pieces for a wide variety of events. Coordinated events for a wide variety of clients. Provided main contact point for many clients and contractors on site.


  • Provide the highest level of service to Pioneer courthouse square clients.

  • Manage Pioneer Courthouse Square employees.

  • Coordinate a large number of events concurrently.

  • Construct and set a wide variety of unique sets and displays for advertising and entertainment events.


Nov 2005 - Jan 2007


Clackamas Community College




Proficient with bandsaw, coldsaw, oxy-fuel torch, iron worker, and shear. Clamp, tack and fixture work piece to appropriate level of dimensional and angular accuracy in an efficient manner.  Build jigs and fixtures for precision and production work.

Blueprint reading.

Analyze and build from practically any drawing.  Collaborate with designers, drafts persons, engineers and artists to see a project to completion.  Comfortable reading engineering, architectural and back of napkin drawings.  Knowledge of weld symbols, Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, surface finishing, scales, views, hidden sections and orthographic views.

Welding, MIG.

Skilled MIG welder.  Proficient in mild steel, aluminum and stainless in the flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead positions.  Some additional Flux core/ Dual shield experience.

Welding, TIG.

Skilled TIG welder.  Experienced in mild, stainless and aluminum.  

Forklift operator

Safely and efficiently operate forklift to load and unload trucks and shop equipment.  Load, unload and install irregularly shaped pieces safely.

CNC operation.

CNC and robotic operator. Setup and maintain CNC equipment and software, fixtures and robotics.  Set offsets and diagnose minor technical issues.  Load programs and navigate software.  Preform regular maintenance of machinery.

Lead Pencil Studios/Oregon State Hospital Memorial

Lead Pencil Studio/Inversion +/-

Work at Formations, Inc.

Knives from Benchmade

Knives from Grind Inc.