• Sets up and operates machines as per training given.
• To use computerised beam saw that works to cutting plans; manual sliding table and bench saws to cut, slot, groove, and trim non-metallic acrylic workpieces according to specifications.
• Operates other machines such as polishing machines, buffers, extractors, compressors, hand power tools such as routers, drills, and polishing mops.
• Picks, packs, loads, and unloads as required.
• Selects and installs blades and teeth on machines using hand tools.
• Sets controls to adjust speed, feed rate, and various other machine functions to maintain good quality of cut finish. Can identify when blades or teeth need sharpening as part of basic quality control.
• Positions guides, stops, holding blocks, or other fixtures to secure and direct workpiece using hand tools and measuring devices.
• Verify cutting plans, calculate material required and precision required.
• Cuts, routers, machines, or polishes stock according to drawings, templates, sample parts, or specifications.
• Ability to design and build jigs to facilitate a means to cut unusual shapes is desirable but training can be given.
• Mount workpiece in holding device, manually or using hoist/crane.
• Verifies dimensions of stock material before commencing new job and that finished workpiece complies to agreed tolerance.
• Assess surface finishes and any remedial work necessary throughout
• Ensure machines are fit for use and maintenance plans are followed.
• Ensure health and safety policies are always followed.
• This list is not exhaustive.
Key skills required for machine operators
• Organised and methodical
• Problem solving
• Decision making
• Attention to detail.
• Monitor quality of produced pieces.
• Able to follow instructions and production schedules.
• Able to act quickly when a problem arises.
• Previous engineering, cabinet making, sawing or woodworking experience would be an advantage.
• Previous experience of warehousing would be an advantage.
• Forklift truck license would be an advantage
We are looking for someone to join our team in the machine shop who may have engineering; woodwork or metal work skills and is keen to be trained up to operate our machines and learn how to cut and machine acrylic materials to our customer’s requirements. We value staff who work in a timely fashion and have a good attention to detail. We will likely ask you to muck in with basic pick and packing to cover sickness or annual leave. But when things don’t play ball, we need someone who can use common sense and problem solve at a basic level, and at a higher level if possible.
The right person will be given full training and will be rewarded for applying themselves well with the skills they learn from us along with skills they already have. If interested and have the required skills, they could even help influence the purchase of future machines or even get involved with existing/future design and build projects of our own machines.