Machinist Trainee

Job Locations US-NE-South Sioux City
ID 2023-1623
Student Programs
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


This position is a developmental role designed to train individuals to machine parts according to shop drawing specifications. Activities include the set-up and operation of manual and computerized lathes, mills, and other various machines, power tools, and hand tools required to complete assigned job.


  • Machine parts according to shop drawing specifications. Measure and mark material for reference points and dimensions to assist in the accurate machining of parts.
  • Set-up and program machining equipment to produce parts. Start and observe machine operation for malfunctions and out of tolerance parameters. Adjust as needed.
  • Operate saws, grinders, and other various machines, power tools, and hand tools to complete assigned jobs. May perform various cleaning activities to maintain the safety and cleanliness of Machine Shop. Activities may include, but are not limited to, sweeping and mopping the floor, wiping off surfaces, and removing debris.
  • Maintain machine tools as required, such as grinding or cleaning tools to operate efficiently. Store equipment appropriately and maintain a clean work area. Ensure normal and efficient operation of all machine equipment and tools. Immediately notify management of any abnormal operation of machine, noise, or problems that need to be addressed.
  • Perform process inspection of parts to verify accurate measurement, dimensions, and tolerances using standard inspection equipment and measuring devices.
  • Complete assigned jobs on schedule and within drawing specification. Effectively communicate any issues, problems, or concerns regarding job or schedule.
  • Train in the QC Inspection department and learn fundamental tasks of a QC Mechanical Inspector. Position may be assigned to work in the department for training purposes and to provide coverage as needed.
  • Ability to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


Skills and Abilities

  • Good math skills.
  • Ability to learn how to read and interpret drawings and blueprints and maintain specified dimensional accuracy of machined parts.
  • General computer knowledge and proficiency.

Demonstrated Competencies

  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Must maintain a positive attitude with the ability to stay on schedule with assigned jobs.
  • Must have regular and punctual attendance.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 60 lbs.
  • This position requires walking, standing, climbing, bending, reaching, and handling.

Experience:  Entry level experience working in a fabrication shop is advantageous.
Education:  High School diploma or equivalent, or verifiable ability to perform essential job functions. Receiving vocational or technical training in machining or related discipline is preferred.
Department:   Machining


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