Machine Builder III

Job Summary

Performs machine assembly, wiring, plumbing, and debugging of standard and special build machines. The scope includes the coordination and completion of a project from start of build to run-off. Reads and interprets customer specifications and requirements, plans and completes assembly of simple to complex machines including assembly, wiring, and plumbing of machine, debug, documentation, shipping, and service.

Performs other duties that may be assigned as needed.

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, Machine Builder 3 is also responsible in supporting Extol’s leadership of the organization by adhering to all company communicated expectations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

At a level III, the work includes large/complex projects. May provide direction to less experienced machine builders. Original thought and problem-solving is expected with ability to foresee difficulties and take proactive actions to prevent project delays.


  • Identifies problems in machine assembly and determines best solution. Coordinates with Design, Project Management, and Controls departments as needed to gain approval and document changes.
  • Tracks and analyzes machine build costs (labor and material) and timing. Works with Project Management to resolve variances and meet customer expectations. Utilizes analysis to recommend continuous improvement changes.


  • Interprets product specifications and overall product build requirements and determines assembly process to meet project goals. Plans work, modifies details, and assembles machines. Uses schematics to perform machine wiring and plumbing.
  • Purchases and tracks job components and materials, as needed.
  • Performs machine dry cycle run (reliability testing), error proofing, debug, and runoff process. Analyzes issues that occur and recommends and implements solutions.
  • Follows all safety requirements and communicates any safety concerns.


  • May provide work direction to Machine Assemblers and less experienced Machine Builders. Trains and mentors less experienced machine builders in specific machine build techniques and best practices
  • May assist with product installation and provide warranty and service work at customer locations. Identifies root cause of issues and fixes problems so they don’t reoccur.
  • Assists in machine concepting, quoting, design reviews, quality control, and continuous improvement activities when requested. Takes ownership of the build process and continuously works to improve systems, methods, and processes.

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

  • High school diploma or equivalent with strong technical background
  • Successful completion of a qualified apprentice program with possession of a Die Maker, Machinist, or Machine Builder card, or acceptable equivalent.
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude with ability to safely and correctly use a variety of hand power tools including: drills, saws, grinders and sanders.
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of simple machine wiring and plumbing.
  • Demonstrated ability to differentiate and match wire colors and read prints and schematics.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to efficiently plan and complete work tasks.
  • Demonstrated initiative to be proactive in identifying and addressing issues and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated competence using milling machines to make details to print.
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to complete general wiring projects independently. Basic understanding of electrical flow and safety circuits.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of standard machine build concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to systematically solve problems. This includes accurately identifying the problem, analyzing the situation, evaluating options, and selecting/recommending the best solution.
  • Demonstrated communication skills in order to demonstrate equipment and train customers in usage and maintenance.
  • Minimum of 5 years of machine build experience at a journeyman level, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to use industry best practices for machining and assembly.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan work with consideration for quality, cost, and timing and to recommend continuous improvement to process.
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of welding processes, machine debug process, hydraulics, and pneumatics.

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to work with Continuous Improvement methods used in Lean Manufacturing Environments.
  • Experience working in the demanding, high-volume, production environments required for automation equipment


  • 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.
  • May perform installation, warranty, and service work at customer locations. This will sometimes require overnight travel.

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

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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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