A skilled Machinist shall work to operate a variety of machines to perform assigned tasks. They will produce or repair precision parts using both manual and automated equipment and accurate measurements. Complete projects of all sizes, from small single part manufacture to large machine rebuild or installation. Must possess manual dexterity and an eye for detail. They must also have knowledge of mathematics and mechanics as well as respect for safety precautions. The goal is to ensure effective production operations and optimize procedures.


  • Utilize machine shop equipment to machine and fabricate parts as needed for all KLC locations
  • Assist in precision machine alignments at all KLC locations
  • Able to operate milling machine and lathe
  • Able to perform metal trades including welding
  • Take conceptual idea and create parts with appropriate tolerances
  • Create drawing to be able to manufacture parts at later date
  • Create spares/duplicate parts
  • Utilize machining background to troubleshoot manufacturing equipment
  • Identify causes of machine part failure and work to increase reliability
  • Analyzing specification charts, samples, and drawings to gain a thorough understanding of requirements.
  • Developing a plan of action to manufacture parts according to specifications.
  • Measuring and marking raw materials needed to manufacture parts.
  • Setting up equipment required to complete each step of the manufacturing plan.
  • Operating equipment to carry out each step correctly.
  • Monitoring the production process and intervening when problems arise.
  • Inspecting finished parts for flaws and defects
  • Maintaining equipment located throughout the machine shop.

Physical requirements:

  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Be able to work prolonged periods working on feet, using tools, and performing repetitive actions that entail frequent bending and stooping.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. at a time.
  • Visual acuity to read instructions.
  • Operate machines, and inspect parts produced.


  • Excellent coordination and mechanical skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and safety.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in math.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Set up and use of machines commonly found in machine shops which includes,
  • Lathes, radial drill press, surface grinders, milling machine, boring bars and hones, micrometers and measuring devices (knowledge of metric system is desirable), valve grinder, hard seat grinder, line boring tool.
  • Conduct maintenance and repair of above listed equipment
  • Read and understand written material related to the position including MSDS instructions and power equipment instructions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships.
  • Perform computerized data entry and basic business office technology functions such as use of email, data entry, work order processing and materials requisition.

Safety Requirements:

  • Follow all OSHA regulations and company safety policies.
  • Steel or Safety Toe footwear is required in all areas.
  • Gloves always required when handling lumber and in designated areas – per task in mill.
  • Hearing Protection required – per task in mill.
  • Eye Protection required at all times.
  • Hard hat required in designated areas – per task in mill
  • Report on all near misses and unsafe acts to Sawmill Manager.
  • Pedestrian awareness at all times.
  • Florescent vests and hard hats are required for all outside activity (Exception, pedestrian travel from one building to another).
  • Never walk through any overhead door that is controlled remotely (Always use access door next to overhead).

Other Requirements

  • Participate in the department housekeeping program.
  • Good organizational / time management skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Additional training as required.