Machinist I

Job Summary:

Sets up and operates manual lathes, drills, mills, and grinders to cut and shape custom parts to specifications. Interprets design specifications and translates into plan for machining. Calculates location of cut, speed of feed, and amount of material to remove. Selects tools and materials, plans the sequence of cutting and finishing operations. Positions material in machine and performs the operations. Verifies part dimensions and tolerances. Performs basic routine maintenance of machine.

Performs other duties that may be assigned as needed. At a level 1, work is mainly standard work with supervision and some guidance provided on more complex projects. This is typically an apprentice/training level.

Hours Required: Full-Time, 48 Hours/Week (Average) Non-Exempt (Hourly)

Regular Work Schedule: Monday – Friday with weekends as needed

In addition to the following the Machinist 1 is also responsible in supporting Extol’s leadership of the organization by adhering to all company communicated expectations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide timely feedback about issues impacting their area of responsibility and the cell.
  • Attend scheduled team meetings and provide appropriate contribution
  • Be able to interpret and correctly respond to posted production requirements
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills, allowing for file management, email, spreadsheet updates, other means of electronic communication as required by this position.
  • Record electronic and manually documented order information as required by the processes


  • Read and interpret instructions as needed. Verify parts meet requirements through visual inspection and the use of measurement devices.
  • Identify and react to process issues in a timely manner
  • Be able to quickly align to varied duties as required
  • Follows all safety requirements and communicates any safety concerns.
  • Value conflict resolution more than conflict avoidance


  • Be able to identify process waste and provide recommendations to eliminate it
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement and provide recommendations for implementation of those ideas

Core Qualities (Expected in all employees within the organization)

Team Player

Remains open to others’ ideas and new approaches to work, contributes to building a positive team environment, inspires the trust of others, and treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.

Personal Work

Learns and trains co-operatively to help build one’s own skills; and other’s skills, works ethically with integrity; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; uses time efficiently (to include streamlining communications and meetings); sets goals and objectives for oneself and is accountable to make weekly steps to change and holds others accountable to do the same.


Knowledge of Extol’s Mission: Extol is an engineering and innovation company that improves the way plastic products are made. We work with our customers to develop a robust product and process solution through prototyping and testing. We also provide production equipment to meet their unique needs and then support that equipment globally.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Analyzes product design specifications and plans the layout and operation sequence to produce the part. Reviews 3D CAD blueprints of the part. Calculates where to cut or bore into the work piece (steel, aluminum, plastic, or any other material that is being shaped), how fast to feed the work piece into the machine, and how much material to remove. Selects tools and materials for the job. Plans the sequence of cutting and finishing operations. Marks the work piece to show where cuts should be made.
  • Perform the necessary machining operations. Positions the work piece on the machine tool, (drill press, lathe, milling machine, or other type of machine), sets the controls, and makes the cuts. Monitors the feed-rate and speed of the machine and ensures the work piece is properly lubricated and cooled.
  • Monitors machining process to detect problems such as a dull cutting tool, or excessive vibration. Removes and replaces dull tools. Adjusts cutting speeds to compensate for vibrations.
  • Verifies dimensions of workpiece, using calipers, micrometers, gauges, etc.
  • Stages materials to be machined and transports finished product to next stage in process or to inventory. Records job completion for tracking against build schedule.
  • Performs routine preventive maintenance to include basic cleaning of machine and filling of fluid containers.
  • Applies knowledge of the properties of metal and basic machining techniques to maximize machining efficiency and accuracy.
  • May train and provide work direction to less experienced Machinists.
  • Follows all safety requirements and communicates any safety concerns. Maintains a neat work area.
  • Demonstrated basic computer skills including e-mail.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to efficiently plan and complete work tasks.
  • Demonstrated initiative to be proactive in identifying and addressing concerns and opportunities.
  • High school diploma, or equivalent with strong technical background including shop math and blueprint reading, or equivalent. Completion of, or attendance in, Machinist apprenticeship program.
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude with ability to safely and correctly use a variety of hand power tools including drills, saws, grinders and sanders.
  • Demonstrated ability to use standard measuring equipment such as micrometers and calipers.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to efficiently plan and complete work tasks.
  • Demonstrated initiative to be proactive in identifying and addressing issues and opportunities.

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Basic CNC operational experience
  • Microsoft Office (i.e. Word and Excel)


  • General manufacturing environment, daily exposure to machinery and potential non- hazardous chemicals and lubricants.
  • Work involves moving in and around machines in which hazardous motions exist. Works on powered electrical panels. Must be safety conscious with respect to self and others working in area.
  • Work involves moving in, under and around machines, often in tight places. Requires regular manual lifting of up to 50 lbs., with greater lifting requirements being done with an overhead crane, if needed. Positioning often requires extended reach. Must manually apply torque to fasteners.
  • Work may require non-typical work hours including Saturdays and overtime in order to meet project deadlines. Must be able to maintain focus and concentration to ensure safety and quality of work.

Company-Wide Expectations

  • Adheres to Character Statement: “The people of Extol are committed to care for each other, trust each other, and work hard together to create great outcomes for our customers, each other and communities locally, nationally and internationally through significant impact.”
  • Adheres to all company policies as communicated
  • Supports and cooperates with decisions made regarding the business direction of the company, to further the Extols mission of innovation
  • Keeps up-to-date on all company emails for communication purposes
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How To Apply

Interested in joining the Extol Team?

To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter to Make sure to indicate which position you are applying for in the Subject line of the email.

We do NOT use an automated system to review applications. Your résumé will be reviewed by a human!

Extol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.


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