Machine Operator Trainee - Meridian Tech
Machine Operator Trainee

Primary Function

PROGRAM SUMMARY:
The Machine Operator Trainee Program is a partnership between Meridian Technology Center and Ditch Witch to offer an opportunity to learn the foundations of manufacturing and CNC machine operating while getting paid. Individuals will go through a structured 9 week course before moving into a production position.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:
• Applicants will employed as fulltime Ditch Witch employees and receive training from Meridian Technology Center at the Ditch Witch, Perry Campus. A work schedule that equals 40 hours a week.
• Training will take place on the day shift.
• Upon successful completion of this program, production positions will be available on Day, Night and Evening shift.

CLASSES:
Program classes will be comprehensive and will enable the applicant to move into one of our five core jobs. Classes will include:
• OSHA 10 certification
• Forklift certification
• CPR/First Aid certification
• SAP computer software training
• Basic blueprint reading
• Basic equipment and tool identification
• Basic Computer operations including operations in SAP
• Communication and interpersonal skills for the manufacturing environment
• Manufacturing Fundamentals – manufacturing processes, standardization, Lean/5s principles
• Specific skill training – basic welding, CNC, assembly, paint, or material handling

Machine Operator Job Description: Upon successful completion of the training program, applicants will be prepared to follow the job description and duties below.

JOB SUMMARY:
This employee will operate one or more of various production machines. Machines operated may include: lathes, mills, drills, saws, automatic welders, benders, punches, shears, flame cuts, hi-definition & plasma, laser, heat treat, shot blast, etc. As a cross-functional team member of this division he or she may also assemble components and perform other duties as assigned.

KEY RESPONSIBILTIES:
• Read information from blueprints.
• Set up, adjust, and operate production equipment while monitoring the performance of the machine and carrying out operations in proper sequence.
• Set up fixtures, mount parts in fixtures, and perform mechanical assembly using hand and air tools (wrenches, torque wrenches, impact wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, etc.).
• Place components into fixtures with a hoist and manually. Remove parts from fixtures, clean, de-burr, check for quality using measuring tools (micrometers, gauges, tape measures, rulers, squares, etc.), and detect and correct defects.
• Use a computer to check the location, inventory, and routing of parts and maintain production records.
• Meet or exceed typical production, quality, attendance, and safety expectations and work independently much of the time with limited supervision.
• Through behavior and communication, maintain positive relationships with customers, supervisors, and co-workers.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• Manufacturing plant conditions (indoors, with variable temperature and humidity, noise, and dirt).
• Physical hazards such as powered vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic, sharp objects, moving machinery, electrical arc-welding equipment, and materials handling.
• Work with hazardous materials, such as coolant, solvents, oils, grease, & pressurized gases.
• A variable work schedule (ranging from 8-12 hours daily) and some scheduled work on Saturdays.
• An expectation to work at least 50% of the Extra Time (ET).

PHYSICAL DEMAND CHARACTERISTICS: Heavy
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Standing: Frequent
• Sitting: Frequent
• Walking: Occasional
• Twisting: Frequent
• Bending: Frequent
• Elevated Work: Occasional
• Squatting/Kneeling: Occasional
• Climbing: Occasional
• Pulling/Pushing: up to 50lbs
• Floor to Knuckle: up to 60lbs
• Knuckle to Shoulder: up to 35lbs
• Shoulder to Overhead: up to 25lbs

Required Skills

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
• Be familiar with and have basic experience using mechanical repair and assembly tools including wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.
• Have appropriate reading, clerical, and basic math skills including understanding written instructions, maintaining production records, and calculating sums, differences, and fractions.
• Be able to regularly handle items weighing in excess of 60 pounds includes pushing, pulling, lifting, and positioning items.
• Have a good work record, including attendance, safety, performance, behavior, self-motivation, attention to quality, ability to learn new skills and a cooperative personality.
• Experience or training in welding, machining, mechanical repair, or metal working machinery operation would be beneficial

Hours

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: • Be familiar with and have basic experience using mechanical repair and assembly tools including wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. • Have appropriate reading, clerical, and basic math skills including understanding written instructions, maintaining production records, and calculating sums, differences, and fractions. • Be able to regularly handle items weighing in excess of 60 pounds includes pushing, pulling, lifting, and positioning items. • Have a good work record, including attendance, safety, performance, behavior, self-motivation, attention to quality, ability to learn new skills and a cooperative personality. • Experience or training in welding, machining, mechanical repair, or metal working machinery operation would be beneficial

Salary Range

$11-$14 per hour

Application Process/Contact Information

info@ditchwitch.com