Lathe Technician – Forest City Gear

Capable of set-up and run production for all machines and related tools in the lathe department. Assist supervisor in scheduling and assist in keeping operators on task. Support the development, implementation, and enhancement of lean manufacturing concepts in an effort to continuously improve productivity, quality, reduce costs, and increase on-time deliveries.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist with complex part programming for multi-spindle, multi-tool turning centers (G + M codes and code programming), and live tooling
  • Control tooling (inserts, chuck saws, collets, etc)
  • Mentor operators in
    • Time management
    • Quality
    • Problem Solving
    • 6-S
    • Proper parts handling procedures
  • Coordinate completed orders for shipment or delivery
  • Understand and be aware of all department machinery capabilities and limitations
  • Correctly fill out all necessary paperwork including routings verification and corrections including:
    • Print revision
    • Part count & scrap count
    • Completion of prior operators
    • Final sign-off
    • MRR paperwork as needed
  • Assist in determining tooling and fixturing needs
  • Assist and maintain lean manufacturing practices
  • Coordinate chip collection as needed
  • Monitor shop supplies as needed
  • Monitor equipment & machines for safety and any mechanical issues

Non-Essential Job Functions:

  • Machine maintenance

Environmental Conditions:

  • Noise intensity level exposed with this job Loud
  • Exposure to fumes, odors, dusts, and gases Occasionally


  • Knowledge of all departmental machine capabilities
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Communication skills to train others as needed
  • Basic math & geometry skills
  • Material handling skills
  • Materials knowledge
  • Able to stand for up to 5 hours
  • Able to regularly lift up to 30 pounds
  • Able to occasionally lift up to 45 pounds

Education & Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years turning experience
  • Technical or machining courses desirable

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift/carry 20-45 pounds
    • (upward pulling)
  • Lift/carry Occasionally
  • Stooping Occasionally
    • (bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles)
  • Reaching Frequently
    • (extending hands and arms in any direction including upward and downward)
  • Walking Occasionally
    (with normal breaks)
  • Sitting Occasionally
    • (with normal breaks)
  • Standing Frequently
    • (with normal breaks)