Position Description

Machine Operator I - 2nd Shift
Location Cedar Rapids, IA
Department Manufacturing & Operations
Employment Status Regular Full Time
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The Machine Operator I performs a wide variety of machine operations required for the fabrication of steel parts and assemblies using a variety of steel fabrication equipment; laser, press brake, punch, saw, and structural. Maintains equipment in a safe and clean condition and performs other duties in support of successful plant operations and customer satisfaction. 

Key Responsibilities



  1. •Measures, marks, and scribes dimensions and reference points on material or work piece as guides, and or places material/work piece against stops for subsequent processing.

  2. •Starts and observes machine operation, to detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance operation and adjusts machine controls or controls media as required. Calculates and sets controls to regulate factors such as speed, feed, coolant flow, and depth and angle of cut; or enters commands to retrieve, input, or edit computerized machine control media.

  3. •Verifies conformance/quality of finished work piece to specifications.

  4. •Effectively communicates with co-workers and internal customers. Display attributes of a team player and positive role model.

Productivity / Job Knowledge20%

  1. •Selects, aligns and loads tooling, bits, blades, cutting tools and consumables on or in machines such as mills, lathes, drills, saws, brakes and lasers.

  2. •Confers with engineers, production personnel, programmers, or others to resolve machining or assembly problems.

  3. •Trains new employees as directed.

  4. •Keeps work area clean and orderly, performs required PM’s on machines and equipment and reports all non-conformities to Line Lead, Supervisor or Maintenance until the problem has been rectified.


  1. •Demonstrates a good attendance record; is aware of the impact that missing work will have on the customer as well as co-workers.

  2. •Completes goals/projects on time or ahead of schedule.

  3. •Responds to work assignments and requests by being cooperative and available.

  4. •Follows through and meets commitments.

  5. •Available as a resource to subordinates and/or peers.


  1. •Follows safety procedures, protocols, policies, and adheres to all SAFESTART concepts, and acts when others are not holding themselves accountable.



Act Like an Owner.20%

  1. •Leads by example and takes ownership in everything you do and or say.

  2. •If you see something, say something and follow through until it's right.

  3. •Treats others with respect and kindness.

Be Interested. Stay Interested.20%

  1. •Isn’t complacent. Seizes opportunities to learn by participating in activities to increase understanding.

Create Change. Start With Yourself.20%

  1. •Asks "why", is open-minded, and challenges the status quo.

  2. •Leads and supports changes for the sake of improvement.

Seek New Perspectives.20%

  1. •Seeks new perspectives from all available sources to challenge your own, and brings them into your decision making process.

  2. •Involves all stakeholders in making decisions. Is open to input from all sources.

Fail Fast. Learn Fast.20%

  1. •Considers long and short-term outcomes when making decisions.

  2. •Is fearless.

  3. •Readily admits mistakes.



Qualifications and Essential Skills:

  • 0-2 years of experience; previous manufacturing experience preferred.

  • Prior experience and/or training operating a drill press, saw, shear, press brake and/or CNC equipment preferred.

  • Basic computer skills are required; must be able to use computer systems to look-up information, clock-in/clock-out, and report work activities.  Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is preferred.

  • Ability to read blueprints.

  • Good math skills are required; ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

  • Ability to read a tape measure up to 1/32”.

  • Experience with hand tools including power tools such as impact drivers and drills.



  • Prior experience and/or training operating laser cutting equipment preferred.  Prior experience or training in CNC operation or programming a plus.

  • Prior thermal cutting experience preferred.

Physical Requirements:

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.

While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; up to 8 hours in an 8 hour shift.  The employee will frequently lift 50 pounds.  The employee will push/pull with up to 110 pounds of force.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, or crawl.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is frequently required to balance, climb ladders, or work on platforms to access elevated equipment.  

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration, and occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. Employee may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Employee is required to wear steel toed shoes, gloves, and safety glasses.   The noise level in the plant shop environment is moderately loud. In addition to standard PPE, welders are required to wear a welding helmet and may be required to wear leather clothing and ear plugs.  Handles hazardous waste according to company policy and participates in annual hazardous waste training.

We consider applicants for all position without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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