Do I need experience to manufacture windows or doors?
Lots of people join the Atlantic Windows team with little or no experience in manufacturing or working with certain tools. In fact, some people came to Atlantic Windows as their first job!
Each production associate works in one specific job to help build, cut or assemble one specific component of each window or door. We provide training for the role you’ll start in and, over time, as you get faster and better at your job, you can have the opportunity to learn some other jobs.
What can I expect training to be like?
Training begins with an orientation with human resources and the manager, who will provide an overview of the company and work environment as well as some of the policies and safety programs in place. After this, you will be paired with a trainer or experienced team member who will show, explain and teach you what you need to know to be most effective in your job. They are very patient! They know everyone learns at a different speed and they understand it’s normal to make mistakes when you are learning. They will answer your questions and provide you lots of feedback and support while you’re learning!
How do I apply?
You can submit your resume or fill out an application right here on this website. You can also drop off a resume or fill out an application at the reception desk at both the Port Elgin, New Brunswick, or Amherst, Nova Scotia facilities.
Once your application or resume is received, it will be reviewed at the next available job opening. At this time, you may be contacted to come in for an interview. These group sessions usually involve some information about our company, a tour of our facilities and some of the benefits we offer. You will be asked to fill out another form at this point, and will be invited to have a personal interview with human resources either immediately or at a later date. After the interview, you will be informed when we would get back to you with a decision, and a start date.
What are some of the career opportunities available to me?
As one of Atlantic Canada’s largest window and door manufacturers, we continually evolve to stay competitive. This means we’re always growing! We actively promote the growth of our own associates, which is demonstrated by the number of people in supervisory and management roles who started in production, maintenance or shipping/receiving.
After learning most jobs for a particular department, many associates have progressively moved on to the following roles:
- Lead hand: Leads a particular area of the department. Provides support to newer associates. Conducts safety and quality audits. Liaison between associates and management.
- Second in Command (2IC): Directs the entire department’s line through communication with the lead hands. Provides coaching to team members and conducts gap analysis and root cause analysis when adjustments need to be made. Oversees rework completion.
- Supervisor: Oversees smooth operation of production and administers day-to-day processes such as safety compliance, time and attendance, discipline and coaching, efficiency, quality, troubleshooting and liaison between their department and others.
There are also a variety of administration and management roles in both plants, including but not limited to: sales, service, research and development, maintenance, IT, scheduling, purchasing, accounting and department managers.
What will my work schedule look like?
The day shift is 7:00 am to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday, with a secondary evening shift from 3:30 pm to 2 am Monday to Thursday. At certain times, when we are very busy, the regular shift may be extended by an extra hour or two for a week at a time. Weekends are not part of the routine schedule. Typically, you will be assigned to a specific shift and remain on that shift so you can actually do the things in life you enjoy. On occasion you may be asked to rotate shifts but this change is planned ahead of time.