Press Operator


Press Operator

department: Manufacturing
Reports to: Team Lead
Education minimum requirements: High School Diploma or Equivelent

Position Summary
Responsible for production of quality polycrystalline diamond pieces through utilization of assembly, press, lapping and grinding machinery and processes while following standard work methods to meet customer expectations. Ensure safety at all times.



  • Learn, adhere to and apply Lean Manufacturing and ISO principles and procedures to maintain a high quality standard
  • Understand and operate assembly, press and lapping equipment i.e. small and large hydraulic and pneumatic machines
  • Submit and implement continuous improvement ideas per company standard
  • Cross-train on multiple pieces of equipment and processes to maximize capabilities and productivity
  • Rotate as needed among all necessary processes
  • Assist other team members to produce what is need, when it is needed
  • Read and follow detailed instructions and procedures to complete tasks according to proper product specifications
  • Use basic hand-held measuring devices to inspect and measure parts for accuracy and conformance to product specifications
  • Perform repetitive motions in assembling, loading and running machinery, etc.
  • Stay on task to complete assignments
  • Work at required pace (Takt time)
  • Read and understand product specifications, drawings/prints
  • Multi-task and prioritize activities.
  • Assist other members of team produce what is needed when it is needed as determined by customer demand
  • Continuous training in Lean, Kaizen and other productivity improvement or problem solving methodologies
  • Lead or participate in PDCAs
  • Participate in monthly one-on-one with team leader
  • Work overtime and weekends when necessary

Beneficial Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of Lean, Kaizen and other productivity improvement or problem solving methodologies (i.e. PDCA, Kaizen events, etc)
  • Willingness to keep work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition and follow prescribed safety regulations (5S)
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize activities
  • Teachable
  • Knowledge of work in progress (WIP)
  • Experience with sequencing
  • Use of replenishment/Kanban systems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Power Point and Excel.
  • Knowledge of basic engineering/physics principles, either through training or experience.
  • Experience in polycrystalline diamond production, particularly cubic press operation.
  • Self-starter with high initiative to meet customer and team needs
  • Communicate well, both verbally and written.
  • Work well in a diverse team as a strong team player and motivate other team members to meet all team objectives
  • Understand control charts

Required Training:

  • Lean 101
  • Lean Fundamentals
  • Job Instruction (TWI)
  • Trust Training
  • Safety Training


  • Calipers, micrometers, magnifying glass
  • Computer
  • Machinery at worksite

Safety Equipment:

  • Face Shield
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Latex Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • Respirator

Physical Demands:

  • Stand for long periods of time up to 8 hours
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Regularly bend at the waist, reach and lift small items
  • Perform repetitive motions

Expectations for all employees:
All employees will support the organization’s mission and vision by exhibiting the following behaviors:

  • Excellence and competence
  • Fun: Enjoy life
  • Respect: Genuinely value everyone
  • Openness: Provide access to people and information
  • Growth: Improve continuously
  • Service: Give of yourself
  • Follow all company policies (Attendance, No Tobacco Products on Campus, Illegal Drug & Alcohol, Family Medical Leave Act, Personal Appearance, Personal Electronic Devices, Vacation & Personal Time, etc.)

if you are interested in this position, please email your resume to:

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