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CNC Operator

Group: Product

Department: Manufacturing

Direct supervisorManufacturing Team Captain


  •  $17.50 - $23.00/hour        
  • + $1.00/hour premium for full-time second shift employees

As a CNC Operator, you will produce metal components with vertical and horizontal machining centers and Swiss-style machining centers. You will work consistently, accurately, and quickly while following established procedures and meeting quality standards.

There are three main facets to this job:

  • 1. Operate CNC machining centers. You are in charge of your machining center each day, from machine startup and workholding setup to calling the correct program and initiating each job. Throughout each run, you load and unload parts, inspecting and verifying key dimensions. As needed, you make adjustments to the machine settings, fixtures, and tooling to optimize output and performance. At all times you are keeping the workstation area neat and orderly. 
  • 2. Monitor and maintain equipment. You will know your machines well, down to the finest details. You will monitor and address the machine’s day-to-day performance while the Manufacturing Maintenance Specialist will handle routine and preventative maintenance. This includes the usage and wear of cutting tools, properly filled and functioning lubrication systems, removal of chips and debris, and working with the Manufacturing Maintenance Specialist when significant issues arise.
  • 3. Grow our machining capabilities. We are intent on continually refining and improving how we make things. Your personal drive and deepening expertise are vital in pushing us forward. You will be the link between the current methods and the work of the CNC Programmers whose role is often focused on what is next. Fed by your experiences and ability to implement each new iteration, we will regularly find ways to make things better and faster. 

Your first 30 days

  • You will rotate through several work areas to become familiar with a variety of production processes and equipment. Your first 30 days are a provisional period to assess your skills and strengths and confirm your fit in the position and company.

Opportunities to grow

  • There are no limits to growth within Tekton’s Manufacturing department. There are three common growth opportunities.
  • Programming: Operators with great capabilities running equipment might find the opportunity to learn the language and software used to program our machines. We program our machines using Fusion 360, which is also used for CAD modeling. Modeling and machining are complementary capabilities that CNC Programmers must have. 
  • Process Improvement: We push ourselves to find better, faster, and more consistent methods. Some of our best Specialists will not only perform the processes but seek to transform them. Moving into a role that is focused on process improvement could be a direction for those able to define a problem, envision possibilities, and implement a successful solution.
  • Leadership: We need great leaders to guide decisions and help our employees grow. If, in addition to being a process expert with high personal standards, you also have the heart of a teacher who cares greatly about the success of our team, you could be an effective leader of those around you.

Values and skills

  • You must have exceptional values, including honesty, integrity, and empathy. You must be comfortable and proficient with technology including interacting with machine control interfaces and our warehouse management system. The ability to accurately measure part dimensions using instruments like gauges and calipers will be necessary.

Education and experience

  • You do not need a specific degree or job history, but a background in manufacturing, process engineering, CNC programming, or related fields could be helpful.

Physical requirements

  • You must be capable of working on your feet the entire shift and repeatedly lifting 20 - 45 pounds.

What it's like in Tekton's Manufacturing Center

  • Surroundings: You will be working in a clean, organized warehouse around people and material handling equipment like order pickers, forklifts, and carts.
  • Noise level: It is generally quiet with occasional low-level noise coming from pickers and forklifts.
  • Safety: Safety is important to us, and we take it seriously. The warehouse has designated walking and working areas, as well as guardrails in certain locations. We also provide safety training and protective gear such as vests, gloves, and floor mats.
  • Temperature: Our warehouse has heating and air conditioning. Temperatures are typically between 60 - 80°F, but can vary depending on the season and location in the warehouse.
  • Dress code: Clothes should be comfortable to twist, lift, and bend in. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Location and hours

This is an hourly position located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Full-time positions are available on first or second shift. Schedules are flexible. We are able to change employee start and end times or make special arrangements for scheduling conflicts.

Full-Time First Shift

Regular Hours

Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET.

Weekly Hour Requirements

Required to work an average of 40 - 45 hours. Overtime may be required at times.

Full-Time Second Shift

Regular Hours

Monday through Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET.

Weekly Hour Requirements

Required to work an average of 40 - 45 hours. Overtime may be required at times.

About the Manufacturing department

  • The Manufacturing department produces a select but expanding number of Tekton tools. We are rapidly advancing our manufacturing capabilities with new equipment, technologies, and processes with a team of impressive people committed to excellence and continuous improvement. The Manufacturing department is a part of the larger Product group that also develops and engineers our tools, forming a unified team that takes products from concept to reality.

About the company

Tekton, Inc. is a family-owned company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are dedicated to making the best hand tools you will ever own, and we start by designing the products that we personally believe in and want to own ourselves. We focus especially on tools used in mechanical and assembly work; our core categories include systems of hand drive sockets and ratchets, impact sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers.


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Tekton, Inc. offers equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.