Lead Machinist


Department:  Lawn & Garden

Reports to:  Advanced Development Engineer


We are an American company based in the heart of the Midwest, where the seasons shape the products we build.  We live the outdoor rural lifestyle and we use our products.  We design our products to be the best, and we also feature world class customer service.  We have been making innovative outdoor products since 1960.


Job Summary:

Machines parts, builds tools, jigs and fixtures for custom products, engineering, research and development and manufacturing.  Schedules and prioritizes all work requests to the department. Orders all materials and tools necessary to complete jobs in a timely manner.


Job Duties:

∙ Maintain a safe and clean work environment

∙ Assists in training other personnel in proper and safe use of machine tools

∙ Performs complex set-ups, machines complex parts, cutting tools and components of jigs, fixtures, dies and molds to engineering drawings or sketches using mills, lathes, drill press, and other equipment.
∙ Constructs inspection gauges, fixtures, punch press dies and form tools, using precision layout and assembly techniques.
∙ Originates and designs the construction of simple to moderate complex fixtures, punch press dies, injection molds, inspection gauges, and cutting tools as requested, using available software packages such as SolidWorks and SolidCam.
∙ Modifies, repairs, sharpens, and polishes existing jigs, fixtures, injection molds, punch press dies, and cutters using precision machining techniques.
∙ Heat treats tool material by hardening, tempering, quenching and annealing according to the materials specifications and standard operating procedures. Grinds and machines metal to size after heat treatment.
∙ Maintains regular and reliable attendance.

∙ May set-up production machines with required tooling or fixtures and determines tooling for production set-ups and fabricates parts required in such set-ups.
∙ Recommends solutions to production problems and improvements in processes, tooling, or inspection methods. Assists production supervisors in solutions.
∙ Assists engineers in design of new injection molds, punch press dies, production prototypes and new components, testing equipment and production fixtures for manufacturing and assembly.
∙ Programs and operates all Tool room CNC equipment.
∙ Performs all other duties as assigned or directed.


Qualifications and Skills:

∙ Minimum of seven years’ experience in a manufacturing environment

∙ Ability to read and interpret complex engineering drawings

∙ Computer skills to include: CNC programming, word processing, 3D engineering software (SolidWorks and SolidCam preferred)


Education: Advanced Technical School Training and/or equivalent experience


Benefits: Health Insurance, Group Term Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Personal Time Off, Paid Holidays, 401K Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts (Dependent), Vision/Dental reimbursement program.


Compensation: Hourly Position  


Duration of Employment: Full Time


Physical Requirements:

∙ Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds frequently

∙ Write by hand, use a keyboard and use hand tools
∙ Ability to communicate by speech, email, and hearing continuously. Communication is by phone, email, and person
∙ Visual acuity needed for close detailed work, computer use and work with tools and measuring devices

Job Conditions:
∙ General manufacturing environment - work area may be subject to undesirable temperatures in winter and summer.
∙ May require working with hazardous substances such as, but not limited to cutting oils.


Work Days: Monday – Friday


Hours / Day: 8


Work Shift: First Shift.

Ardisam, Inc. is a successful, energetic, customer-driven organization that offers competitive wages, health insurance, dental/vision reimbursement, flexible spending, long-term disability, group term life insurance, PTO, holiday pay, and 401(k). 

Ardisam, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Ardisam, Inc. is a Substance Free Workplace and requires pre-employment drug screens.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to careers@ardisam.com

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All weights, specifications and features are approximate and are subject to change without notice. Due to continuous product improvements, product images may not be exact. Warning labels in some product images may have been removed for photography purposes only. Props shown in photos not included. Some assembly may be required.

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