Job Description

Machine Shop Supervisor - Fort Collins, CO (Operations)
Fort Collins, CO, United States of America

Job Skills / Requirements

Under general direction, supervises, directs and coordinates the activities of team members engaged in the production of goods in the Machine Shop, which includes all machining (mill and lathe, polishing operations.  Utilizing electronic tools to make certain that production schedules are met and all equipment is operated in a safe, efficient manner. Ensures operations are in compliance with ISO/FDA guidelines, conducts team member training in equipment operations, manufacturing processes, providing quality service and safety procedures or assigns team member training to experienced workers.  Supports continuous improvement innovative in Machine Shop and other areas.  Generates programs for CNC equipment and monitors and approves programming changes of other qualified team members.  Resolve personnel problems by analyzing data; investigating issues; identifying solutions; recommending action.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


Maintains departmental day-to-day production activities and monitors workflow. Utilizes knowledge of ERP systems to complete production plans by scheduling and assigning personnel; accomplishing work results; establishing priorities; monitoring progress; revising schedules; resolving problems; reporting results of the processing flow. Sets priorities and goals for Machine Shop and assigns team member determining the most efficient and cost effective way to maximize production.



Accomplishes manufacturing departmental results by communicating job expectations; planning; monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling and disciplining team members; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies and procedures. Supervises the activities of the machine shop including assisting in selecting departmental candidates, orientation and training of new team members. Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. Ensure conformance to established organizational product quality levels, safety and procedural policies, ISO procedures, and 6S initiatives.



Creates a work environment that is conducive to good team member morale by fostering positive communications with team members. Participates in the continuous improvement program inclusive of departmental and cross-functional teams.  Lead or participates on lean event teams.               



Monitors the machining process through production records to evaluate time spent and the scrap percentage for each job. Develops implements and manages part process procedures for improved throughput, quality, customer service, equipment, productivity and worker efficiency.                                                                                                                       



Knowledge of programming and determines operational sequences, selects tooling, speeds and feeds, attachments, work supports, etc. to best suit workplace characteristics, variations and cutting conditions.  Determines tooling applications and operational sequences in formulating practical programming for new or unusual machining operations.  Programming at machine using conversational G code or programming at a computer utilizing PartMaker software.  Review programming changes of other qualified team members for accuracy and approval of edits.



Ensures the safe operation of equipment, notify maintenance for repairs when necessary and evaluate new tools, tooling or equipment and techniques.  Works with engineering / tooling team members to design and fabricate fixtures for machining processes.  Works with team members to review root cause analysis of quality issues.  Ensures the ergonomic and safety methods established are followed to improve team member health by reducing and eliminating the risk of injuries.            



Performs other functions or duties as assigned


Essential Competencies:

  1. Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality controls, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture of machined parts. Knowledge of metallurgy, plastics and other materials used in manufacturing.
  2. Knowledge of typical machine shop equipment (i.e. CNC Mills / Lathes, Manual Mills / Lathes, Drill Presses, Stamping, Polishing) that would be used in manufacturing production parts.
  3. Ability to recognize and distinguish machine malfunctions from operator mistakes.
  4. Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings (GD&T) to manufacture parts to correct specifications and specified tolerances.
  5. Must be able to read and write G Code at machine. Must have a working knowledge of PartMaker or other similar CNC programming software.
  6. Working knowledge of Lean manufacturing principles and Process Improvement methodologies in a continuous improvement environment. Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation by following the established Whip Mix Compensation Plan and personnel information systems.  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  7. Good leadership and team building skills necessary to engage and direct team members in the various machining procedures and team processes. Mechanical aptitude, strong machining mathematical skills (including Trigonometry and Geometry), and manual dexterity to use machining equipment and small hand tools.
  8. Good communication skills needed to provide information to co-workers and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person relating to procedures, schedules, company policies, and to train and develop team members.  Demonstrate good active listening skills and have the ability to apply oral expression and oral comprehension to communicate professionally by telephone or in person when resolving issues and solving problems. Possess critical thinking skills by using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  9. Computer skills required to efficiently use production management and computer programs including spreadsheet, database, word processing and ERP programs.  Must be a strong enabler of technology in the work place.


Education Requirements (Any)

Techincal Degree or Equivalent

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits Include: Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, 401k Plan, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability - $70,000-$85,000 Pay Range.

Work Experience/Education Requirements:

  • Technical Degree or equivalent.
  • Diversified knowledge of machining practices, basic mechanical principles and tooling acquired through vocation training, a formal on the job training program or equivalent.
  • Journey level machinist or equivalent with 5 years minimum experience.
  • Vocational education may be supplemented by on-the-job training plus six to eight years of applied machine shop experience.
  • Must have a good understanding of machine tools, manual machining and CNC machining.
  • Ability to use quality equipment (caliper, micrometer, height gage, etc.) to effectively measure parts
  • Trigonometry, geometry, and engineering drawing (GD&T) reading skills.
  • Knowledge of metallurgy, plastics and other materials used in manufacturing process is required.
  • Experience in record keeping and inventory control is preferred.

Working Conditions:                                                                               

  • Daily exposure to the noise levels, dust, odor and potential dangers of tools and equipment in a typical machine shop/assembly production area.
  • Must be able to perform repetitive operations
  • Eyesight sufficient to examine parts for cosmetic defects and use appropriate measuring equipment
  • Ability to carry chips, parts and material within the work area, place moderately heavy tooling on shelves and lift waste containers into chip disposal areas
  • Bending, reaching, and standing for long periods of time.
  • Hearing protection may be required in specified areas.
  • Must be able to work shifts and overtime, as required. Typical scheduled working hours will be 10 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds, 45 inches from the floor

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan

This job reports to the Plant Manager

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift, Some weekend work may be necessary.

Relocation is not provided and travel is not required

Number of Openings for this position: 1