Lead Machinist / Shop Foreman

Architectural Elements is a team of artisans that design, fabricate, and install specialized architectural & landscape related projects. Working with all metals, wood, glass, & plastics, we can custom-fabricate any manner of decorative elements and architectural details-- from intricate light fixtures to multi-story staircases. We love what we do and our passion shines through the quality & craftsmanship of our work.

Architectual Elements is expanding its capabilities to include precision machining and we are looking for a seasoned Machinist to help lead our team.

We are now hiring a full-time, master/journeyman-level, LEAD MACHINIST / SHOP FOREMAN.

We offer a competitive (DOE), hourly wage with paid holidays & paid time off.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance is also available.

Job Summary:

The Lead Machinist sets-up, operates, and adjusts computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and manual equipment to fabricate close tolerance, high quality parts from metals, plastics, and composite materials in strict conformity to prescribed specifications/requirements, production schedules, & safety regulations.  The Lead Machinist directs the production team’s efforts with minimal supervision, providing work training & direction to others.

This is not an entry-level position. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 5 years experience in machining.

Key Position Roles:
  • Interpret & follow written & verbal instructions, sketches, schedules, drawings, & documents
  • Perform machining operations using manual machines as required
  • Identify the job type, prepare, set-up jobs, or run previously set-up jobs by reviewing work orders, tie-in sheets, operator’s or setup documents, or drawings
  • Upload/download NC programs to machine controller, using computing programs from various servers/databases
  • Ensure the correct material was issued per plan and is free from defects
  • Select and check tooling to complete the job
  • Set machine coordinates or index points per control documents, including cutter offset and/or compensations, tool heights, and probes, using controller keyboard, coax indicator or digital readout, height blocks, shims, and edge finders
  • Monitor machine during operation for unusual vibration or sounds, watch machine gauges & controller display or digital readout for warnings, visually check cutter path, clearance, and chips to ensure smooth operation
  • Make standard shop computations relating to dimensions of work, tooling, feed, & speeds
  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances of workpieces, products, or equipment, using various precision measuring instruments
  • Maintain machine tools, production, and processing equipment in proper operational condition
  • Collaboration with peers & other departments to maximize productivity & efficiency
  • Lead the shop & uphold company rules, policies, safety regulations, OSHA, & quality standards
  • Proactively prepare & manage the production area; keeping workstations clean & organized
  • Completion of formal apprenticeship program or equivalent training & experience
  • Minimum 5 years machining experience
  • Experience in using and/or programming manual, semi-automated, or automated tools & machines (e.g. CNC Machine centers, lathes, & mills; EDM sinkers; surface grinders; bandsaws; polishers; sandblasters; etc.)
  • Ability to read & interpret drawings, schematics, manuals, and assembly instructions
  • Knowledge of machine shop operations & processes, floor assembly, shop maintenance, raw materials, and general metal fabrication (welding, press brake, etc.)
  • Experience setting & using precision measuring tools and equipment
  • Outstanding mathematical skills & analytical abilities
  • Excellent manual & finger dexterity, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management, organization, & independent judgement skills
  • Outgoing, personable, team-player with strong leadership skills
  • Ability to lift 75lbs. and push/pull 150lbs; constantly stand & walk; frequently bend at the waist and twist; occasional kneeling & crawling
  • Specific vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Must be able to effectively read, write, and speak the English language
  • General computer literacy

Our Lead Machinists are expected to provide their own journeyman-level tools.  All major machines & equipment will be provided by Architectural Elements.


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Architectural Elements is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.