IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are Equal Opportunity Employers.

CNC and Lathe Machinist – IRD Ceramics (Alexandria, MN)

Job Description/Expectations

  • Set-up and operate a variety of machine tools and equipment to produce precision glass, ceramics, and sapphire parts/components, including vertical milling machines, lathes, Swiss Machining, saws, and Blanchard grinders
  • Create and modify machine programs.
  • New product review, assist with quotes, and complete first time builds.
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of print reading, mathematics and instruments such as micrometers, calipers, and measurement scopes.
  • Measure, inspect, and test completed glass components to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Set-up, adjust, and operate all of the machine centers including VMCs, CNC Lathes, Swiss Machining, Blanchards, and other specialized equipment in order to perform precision machining operations.
  • Monitor and adjust machine feed and speeds to maximize product yield while simultaneously minimizing production cycle times.
  • Effectively manage multiple jobs and priorities in order to achieve >98% OTD while simultaneously ensuring a high rate of equipment utilization.
  • Utilize blueprints, drawings and engineering information in order to determine methods and sequences of operations needed to fabricate products and to determine appropriate in-process targets and final product dimensions and tolerances.
  • Build fixturing and tooling for production and improvement processes to meet special product and engineering needs.
  • Effectively communicate with IRD engineering, management, and manufacturing personnel as well as IRD customers in order to exchange technical information.
  • Support projects from planning to fabrication through assembly, inspection, and testing, using knowledge of machine functions, material properties, and mathematics.
  • Inspect, maintain, and operate equipment to verify operational efficiency.
  • Plan the appropriate tools, machines, and materials to be used during a new product build.
  • Collect, analyze, and document key process data in order to facilitate continuous improvements on both product and machines.

Cell Lead

1 opening on the First Shift: Monday-Thursday with occassional Fridays

Job Description:
The Cell Lead assists, directs and coordinates the general work of a production cell. The Cell Lead also provides training and edcation of their employees to ensure the cost effectiveness of production parts in accordance with delivery requirements, quality standards and procedures. This position has the authority and responsibility to make decisions that control the production process and correct quality problems. This position works together as a team with other production leads to ensure that overall company goals are achieved. Exhibits passion for continuous improvement in all areas. They also perform duties as operators and inspectors.

Leadership experience, manufacturing experience, teamwork skills, troubleshooting skills, creativity, ability to multi task, computer knowledge and experience with Microsoft software and ERP systems, and good written and verbal Communication Skills.

2-year degree or past job history desired; manufacturing background a plus

Further Description of Job Duties:

  • Performing set ups
  • Prepare for part number and material change
  • Perform troubleshooting
  • Enforcement of quality
  • Ensure employees meet attainment goals
  • Manage job orders and raw material to the processes
  • Document Daily Progress
  • Monitor efficiencies at the equipment
  • Responsible for interacting with employees on their performance.
  • Ensure proper monitoring, data recording, and entry of information into systems
  • Manages inventories and work plans to achieve productivity goals
  • Inter-departmental communication concerning quality, production and customer issues to clarify and facilitate on time delivery requirements via orders and operational data
  • Assists or directs problem solving efforts that will reduce or eliminate scrap, labor, and production costs

Stop in and fill out an application at 810 E. St. Paul St. Litchfield, MN or send resumes to Rebecca Nelson at

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