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Laser Operator - 3rd Shift - 14.25-18.78

Laser Operator

General Description

The Laser Operator is responsible for expertly operating high performing CNC laser equipment to safely produce beautiful metal parts to customer print specifications.  These parts are to meet or exceed established quality and productivity standards.

This job description is intended to be an overview of primary responsibilities for this position.  All employees are responsible for providing assistance in generally similar duties, when management deems it necessary.  Special projects and activities may also be created where employees’ talents can best be applied. General Stamping & Metalworks is a growing organization responding to an ever changing market.  It is expected that tasks and requirements will change from time to time and employees will be asked to respond as needed and within reason.

Organizational Relationships and Authority

The Laser Operator reports directly to the Supervisor.   

There are no direct reports to this position.  However, machine performance is the responsibility of the operator and any conditions that lower the expected output of the machine must be communicated to the Profiling Machinery Technician.

Key Responsibilities and Purpose

The primary responsibility of the Laser Operator is to produce metal fabricated parts to customer print specifications using a standard process.

Additional tasks include:

  • Running nested machine posts according to the production schedule
  • Ensuring material is staged on the automated loader for “production plan” performance
  • Loading materials with fork trucks, cranes, carts and non-standard “drop” material by hand as required
  • Entering sourced material into the ERP system
  • Unloading tables by repetitively lifting and placing metal blanks or finished parts into containers (bins, boxes, gongs)
  • Ensuring machine optics are maintained by performing a tape shot, focusing the lens, cleaning the lens, cleaning nozzles, and replacing lens, nozzles, tips, and other supplies as needed
  • Emptying dust collection bins according to preventive maintenance schedules
  • Safely removing skeletons and emptying scrap bins as needed
  • Supporting achievement of company standards in safety, productivity, and on-time production
  • Recording machine code errors and communicating poor machine performance issues to the Profiling Machinery Technician
  • Maintaining a satisfactory attendance record, as outlined in the employee handbook
  • Assisting other operators by working as a team to unload and inspect completed parts
  • Using inspection devices (calipers, pin gauges, check fixtures) to inspect parts, according to print and product inspection plan (PIP)
  • Selecting and using fixtures, as identified in the CNC program
  • Gathering required documents (process photos, process inspection plans, job traveler, print, and work in process parts) to successfully run the job
  • Reading the print fully in order to understand tolerances, geometry, material thickness, and special instructions
  • Reading traveler for special instructions
  • Labeling work in process parts, scrap and finished parts according to ISO policy
  • Wearing proper protective equipment, as directed by equipment or process
  • Understanding safety requirements in work areas, and complying with requirements
  • Using material data sheets (MSDS) effectively
  • Participating in continuous improvement projects, both independently and as a team member, when requested or as the opportunity to volunteer presentsitself
  • Completing daily, weekly, monthly, and annual department maintenance as assigned
  • Offering process improvement ideas
  • Accurately entering job information, quantities and inspection results into the ERP systems
  • Correctly clocking into and out of attendance systems

Job Demands and Expectations

The Laser Operator represents the values and vision of General Stamping & Metalworks. Meaning, operators are expected to continuously improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities to grow both personally and professionally.

This position also requires the employee to seek additional skills trade certification, as reasonably requested by supervisors or managers

Qualifications and Competencies

To perform this job successfully, an individual must:

Customer satisfaction focuses involving face-to-face communication with individuals or teams. Works cooperatively with others to improve departmental metrics as required maximizing value and reducing costs. Continual improvement of product and process quality in all areas of responsibility.

English language, both verbal and written, and reading comprehension sufficient to enable effective

Completion of all job tasks.

Administrative/clerical/computer knowledge/ability sufficient to accurately complete transactions on paper forms as well as computerized entry fields as required facilitating operations.

Ability to repeat the same physical or mental activities repetitively over and over while sustaining accuracy of work, including handling parts potentially up to 55 lbs.; ability to grasp parts repetitively; etc.

General Competencies

Dependability: Follows the direction of the President/CEO and provides accountability for performance of key responsibilities: takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits time necessary to reach goals; meets deadlines or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Problem-Solving: Utilizes creative talents and skills to successfully resolve problems; develops solutions that work; works committed with others to solve problems and resolve situations.
Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; arrives at workstation with proper PPE ready to work.
Employee Relations: responds quickly and effectively to supervisor requests and peer questions; solicits employee feedback to improve processes; responds to requests for information; meets commitments.
Listening Skills: Listens carefully to the input of others and gets clarification before generating conclusions; responds thoughtfully and non-defensively to questions.
Written Communication: Writes/types informatively


High school diploma or equivalent (preferred)


6 months in a manufacturing environment (preferred)

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Open office, cubicle, individual or shared office

Shop floor

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly or occasionally required to meet the following physical demands:


  • Requires wearing common protective or safety equipment including hearing and eye protection.
  • Requires working in non-air-conditioned variable temperature factory setting.
  • Able to speak clearly and understandably, witha pleasant tone of voice and manner
  • Ability to hear within a range that enables normal telephone communication
  • Able to see a computer screen within reasonable reading distance without strain
  • Able to type at a keyboard without bodily or psychological discomfort most of the working day
  • Ability to move around the office environment and manufacturing floor comfortably in order to fulfill tasks required in various offices and departments
  • Ability to travel beyond the office environment by air, automobile or golf cart without undue stress or discomfort
  • Able to lift up to 45 pounds independently

Salary/Wages and Benefits

Refer to Letter of Agreement for this position.

Conditions of Hire

All employment with GSM, Inc. is at-will by the employer and employee and therefore subject to change.


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