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Process Operator

Position Title: Process Operator:

Location: Houston, TX

Pay Range:               Hourly – $13.00-$16.50 DOE
Work Schedule:        Mon-Fri 9:00pm-5:30am / OT As Needed
Reports To:               Plant Manager
FLSA Status:             Non-Exempt

Under close supervision, sets up and operates all equipment within the laser production environment.  Responsible for measuring and controlling product quality and making process changes within the scope of the standard operating procedures.  Maintains a clean and safe working environment.

Job Specification


  • High School diploma required
  • Technical Trades School or associates degree preferred.  Industry experience accepted in lieu of schooling
  • Strong mathematics foundation required


  • Minimum of 2 years robotic, CNC machining, or welding industry experience preferred
  • Operates lift truck and other material handling equipment


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to read blueprints preferred
  • Must be able to read/comprehend written and oral instruction in English
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with co-workers and management
  • Experience in MS Office applications
  • Experience with ERP systems, preferably SAP
  • Must be highly organized
  • Must have high attention to detail
  • Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must possess effective decision making and problem solving skills
  • Must have basic knowledge of machining and manufacturing practices

Job Description:

  • Reports to shift supervisor on production status, problems, and deviations
  • Reads and applies information contained in specifications to determine equipment settings that impact product outputs
  • Ability to perform dimensional inspection using micrometers, calipers, and other measuring devices
  • Working knowledge with set ups, programs, and operation of multi axis robots
  • The ability to modify robotic or CNC programs at or above beginner level
  • Examine material in order to ensure conformance to established standards
  • Review job traveler and drawings to determine areas of part to be laser clad
  • Ensure that correct materials are being utilized according production records and planner schedule
  • Prepare parts for laser cladding to including cleaning, fixturing, and grit blasting if needed
  • Operate robotic or CNC laser cladding systems in a job shop atmosphere
  • Setup various types of tooling, fixturing, and parts for laser cladding
  • Perform in-process dimensional checks using micrometer, caliper, or other instrumentation
  • Monitor machine parameters affecting the quality of the coating including console readings, and process temperatures
  • Ability to service and maintain laser and powder feeder equipment
  • Assists with inventory management
  • Maintains department housekeeping standards
  • Follow all Environmental and Health and Safety Policy requirements
  • Available to work overtime when needed (extend 8 hr shift and/or work weekends)
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:  None

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to wear a respirator
  • Ability to wear ear protection
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to sit or stand as needed to perform essential functions of the position
  • Ability to periodically walk to other areas of the plant throughout the day
  • Ability to use keyboard, reach above shoulder height, below the waist and lift and file documents throughout the work day
  • Ability to travel by air and/or car if requested

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13,500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.7 billion in 2015. The company invested CHF 103 million in R&D in 2015 and has over 1,350 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials and services. With a dynamically growing network of over 30 locations worldwide Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, power generation, automotive, oil & gas, industrial and other specialized markets. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team!

We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, retirement security contribution and 401(K). If you want to operate in a business environment that gives you the freedom to imagine what is possible - then you should send us your application!

Statement of Equal Opportunity: Oerlikon Metco is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. The company also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If you require an accommodation during the application process, please notify a Human Resources Representative.