California Amforge Corporation

Forge Shop Superintendent

Azusa, CA

The California Amforge plant was originally operated by Jumbo Steel. It was purchased in 1952 by American Brake Shoe Corporation, and was converted to make railroad hardware and pre-form forgings for a number of other commercial applications, to complement its large forging operations in Chicago. In the early 1960's, Arthur G. Tichenor purchased the entire Amforge division from American Brake Shoe. After the Chicago plants were sold in 1971, the Azusa plant became the sole manufacturing facility of California Amforge Corporation, although corporate headquarters remained in Chicago.

The growth of California Amforge during its years of ownership by the Tichenor family reflects the vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Art Tichenor. The acquisition in the 1980's of a significant portion of the Smith International forging operation almost doubled the size and capability of the California Amforge plant. Major equipment additions followed, most recently with the installation of a 5500 metric ton mechanical forging press in 2003. Continuous development of technical expertise, including the addition of CNC and DCC-CMM equipment as well as forging simulation software, has kept pace with the equipment expansion, and allows the Company to excel in forging complex engineered shapes using demanding materials that meet the exacting requirements of aerospace applications.


Aerospace forging company with outstanding reputation for quality is seeking a Forge Shop Superintendent to lead and motivate its skilled union workforce.   The ideal candidate will have extensive background in shop supervision, with proven success, in forge shops having closed die mechanical presses, upsetters and ring rolling equipment.  

Commitment to quality, integrity and fulfilling the company's promises to its customers is essential.  California Amforge serves most major primes and sub-primes in the aerospace arena, as well as having a significant presence in the oil and gas industry.  Its next Forge Shop Superintendent will be expected to maintain the Company's extremely high quality standards, while helping to increase productivity by effectively engaging and supporting the Forge Shop team.


  • Supervising and managing shop production, to optimize utilization of the available equipment and crew resources.  It is expected that the Forge Shop Superintendent will effectively lead and motivate the crews to prevent errors, detect any problems early, and to maintain discipline in all aspects of the forging process.
  • Examining machine setups and condition of parts as they are being produced, to evaluate condition of forgings, and having the necessary skill and experience to determine whether they meet all applicable specifications.  This role may require lifting parts weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Fostering an environment that drives forging crews to take initiative in having all necessary tools and other requirements to produce good forgings on-hand and ready.
  • Assuring that all forge shop personnel understand the high expectations in terms of quality as well as productivity and efficiency; and being willing and able to hold them accountable for meeting those standards.
  • Participating as an effective team member with leaders of other departments in assessing all relevant requirements and in establishing optimal production schedules, and assisting in determining appropriate root causes and corrective actions. 
  • Actively leading improvements in the Forge Shop environment by supporting the Company's Lean Program.
  • Assisting Manufacturing management with employee training, to assure that all job and safety requirements are understood, and taking an active role in holding Shop Employees accountable for those requirements, including implementing the Company's Zero Tolerance for safety violations. 
  • Assisting the Maintenance Department in evaluating and trouble-shooting Forge Shop equipment, to assure that production is not interrupted, and to avoid unscheduled down-time.


  • Minimum of five years of senior supervisory experience in forging plant with closed die presses and either upsetters or ring rolling equipment.
  • Working knowledge of AS9100 and Aerospace quality requirements.
  • Computer literate and familiar with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Comfortable in fast-paced environment which requires ability to juggle many issues and to respond effectively to changing priorities.
  • Cooperative management style, including ability to seek out input from union employees and to listen to their views.


  • Competitive salary and benefits, including 401(k) plan and Health Insurance.
California Amforge Corporation

Paula Gutierrez

HR Manager
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