Sawbones is one of the largest employers on Vashon Island, WA. With over 175 employees working across 2 shifts, we are proud of our long history in the community. Our employee-owners are a diversified group, dedicated to providing our customers with top quality products and exceptional service.


Employee Owned

At Pacific Research Laboratories, Inc. (Sawbones) Employee Owners share in the company’s profitability through its Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). Employees enjoy a diverse, creative, and friendly environment where their contributions are recognized and they can genuinely enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Compensation / Benefits

We offer a comprehensive salary and benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance plus paid time off (PTO) and sick leave. After one year of service, you are automatically enrolled in our ESOP, you are then also eligible to join our 401k plan that includes company matching.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The employment policy of Pacific Research Laboratories, Inc. (Sawbones) is to provide equal opportunity to all persons. Our company, therefore, has made a commitment to equal employment opportunity through a positive and continuing Affirmative Action Program. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual preference, otherwise qualified disabled or veteran status, or genetic information.


Quality & Continuous Improvement Specialist        


Lead a wide variety of initiatives and projects designed to improve quality, processes and performance in manufacturing and other areas of the operation.


Responsible for all production quality processes, standards and documentation

Handles all SCAR (Supplier Corrective Actions Requests) finding root cause, creating immediate countermeasures and updating processes and standards needed to eliminate future problems

Creates, keeps up to date, and sustains continuous improvement processes, metrics, and tools for assigned managers or departments, supporting key deliverables in the areas of safety, quality, delivery, cost reduction, growth, and innovation

Conduct studies in safety, quality, delivery, cost reduction, flow, value stream mapping and root cause analysis

Schedule, facilitate & mentor CI events and follow up with progress audits (e.g. PDCA)

Lead teams to develop and maintain appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

Work with Engineering and Manufacturing to integrate new products into production with accurate standards, labor and cycle times, video standards, BOM, MOM, video SOP, quality standards and locations assigned for all items needed to complete each operation

Participate in analyzing manufacturing processes to identify and realize efficiency gains during new product introduction

Work with engineering to define quality standards and proper quality documentation for new products entering production

Conduct operational audits to identify areas of opportunity across the business

Develop training materials and train employees in all aspects of operations, quality, lean manufacturing, waste reduction, team effectiveness and continuous improvement

Establish appropriate measurement systems to identify opportunities and to quantify implemented improvements

Develop best practices between departments (production and non-production) and ensure the transfer of such practices to each location

Perform other duties as required


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business preferred

Formal lean training or certification.  Lean Practitioner and Six Sigma training preferred

10+ years in manufacturing required

5+ years quality management experience in a manufacturing environment


Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of the company

Self-motivated, highly organized with demonstrated ability to work multiple projects concurrently

Experience driving change management initiatives

Lead groups of 15+

ERP experience

Lean Training and Methodologies

5+ years’ experience in developing, organizing, implementing, and managing projects

Demonstrate experience in selecting and working with a wide range of CI tools: (Value Stream Mapping, PDCA, 5 Whys, A3, Poka Yoke, Heijunka, Standard Work, Continuous Flow, JIT and 5S) as well as other creative problem-solving skills

Computer skills (Excel, Word, Power Point, Visio, etc.) Database experience and CAD experience a plus


Candidates must complete an online application in order to be considered for this position (no phone calls please). First you will create an account within our online application system. Then you can choose the position that you would like to apply for. (AA/EEO)


Marketing Assistant

Day Shift 
(Starting wage: $16.45 per hour)


Take imaging photos and videos of products, crop, edit and distribute these in our systems. Assist marketing coordinators with various marketing duties and work in a small but dynamic sales team located on Vashon, US and Malmoe, Sweden.


Take photos and or videos of products; Crop, edit and process product photos; Link product photos in Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; Add product photos to engineering Standard Operating Procedures; Write web descriptions of product in Epicor; Update prices in Epicor; Assist marketing coordinators with promotional materials; Send marketing promotions to customers; Assist in creating catalogs and leaflets; Assist with trade shows duties; Other duties as assigned.


Basic knowledge of digital photography; Experience with Adobe Creative Suites; Experience navigating and locating files on server; Knowledge of basic medical terminology and anatomy; Associates or vocational degree or equivalent experience; Descriptive written communication skills; Attention to detail.


Proficient with general computer use and basic knowledge of the following software and programs: Magento2, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Word Press, MailChimp, Vimeo, Hootsuite.


Candidates must complete an online application in order to be considered for this position (no phone calls please). First you will create an account within our online application system. Then you can choose the position that you would like to apply for. (AA/EEO)

Molder I

Swing Shift 2:45 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. M-F
(Starting wage: $15.36 per hour plus $1 shift differential pay)


Makes plastic products using molds in one or more of the following areas: Box press, Bag press, Spine, Menisci, Cortical, Flex Foam, Composite, and Silicone.


Ability to grasp, open, close, and move molds using hands and wrists; ability to lift, hold and move or carry product and bins (lift up to 30 lbs regularly and occasionally lift up to 75 lbs.); ability to stand for entire shift, excluding breaks and lunch; ability to recognize and match different colors of resins and materials; ability to use equipment such as hand grinder, scissors, knives, hammers, blenders, dispensing machines, air presses, production ovens; ability to use thermoset and thermoplastic resins and additives; ability to handle hot molds and product, up to 200 degrees (using proper PPE);ability to cross train and rotate to all molding areas; ability to climb 10’ ladder; ability to use scale; ability to use basic math skills and a calculator; ability to use respirator equipment; ability to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;  ability to push, pull, pry, bend, squat and reach; ability to attend to detail; ability to see close up, peripherally, and have depth perception; ability to meet and maintain productivity levels; ability to meet deadlines; ability to meet quality standards; ability to follow verbal, video and written procedures and instructions; ability to perform repetitive routine production procedure; ability to perform all job duties accurately; ability to maintain an organized, clean work area; ability to understand and use different types of basic computers and touch screens; ability to use Metric and English measurement systems with a ruler, tape measure or calipers; age 18 or older.


Candidates must complete an online application in order to be considered for this position (no phone calls please). First you will create an account within our online application system. Then you can choose the position that you would like to apply for. (AA/EEO)

Mold Maker

Day Shift 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. M-F
(Starting wage: $20.40 per hour)


Designs and fabricates molds for use in production and maintains existing molds.


Manage mold building process from start to finish to achieve target completion dates; Create patterns through a variety of materials such as wax, polyester, 3DP/SLAs, clay, etc.; Determine and layout parting lines in clay; Fabricate molds from cast urethanes, silicones, epoxy, polyester; Build jigs and fixtures; Test out molds and tune for production; Work in machine shop using various machines and occasionally perform welding and lathe work; Repair existing molds; Requires working with several projects at a time; Perform other duties as required


Experience with thermoset material; experience using hand tools and power tools; Excellent mechanical aptitude; Technical training in fabrication such as plastic molding, wood or metalworking preferred;  Three to five years of experience in mold making (Salary DOE); Ability to visualize, plan and work in 3 dimensions; Ability to perform fine motor tasks with tactile dexterity; Ability to grasp and operate hand tools safely for most or all of shift; Ability to sit and/or stand in one place and attend to detail for most or all of shift; Ability to consistently recognize different colors of resins and materials; Ability to frequently use mixers and blenders; Ability to work with adhesives, urethanes, epoxies, silicones and other plastics; Ability to understand and use basic computers and touch screens; Ability to lift product up to 75 lbs occasionally and frequently lift up to 30 lbs.


3-5yrs experience mold making in urethane, silicone, epoxy and polyester; Experience creating/altering patterns by hand; Experience working with anatomical or human figure related to prosthetics, art, sculpture, special effects and animatronics.; Experience using hand and power tools to bring surfaces to high polish.


Candidates must complete an online application in order to be considered for this position (no phone calls please). First you will create an account within our online application system. Then you can choose the position that you would like to apply for. (AA/EEO)

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