Laser Operator - Weekend Shift

Windom, Minnesota
Salary DOE
Mar 08, 2018

The individual should be familiar with, and capable of, using various types of fabrication machines. A fabricator is also required to perform other miscellaneous tasks, as supervision deems necessary.



• Reads and interprets blueprints and machine drawings to determine specific requirements.

• Determine which machine to use and how to set up each job. 

• Operates and tends machines such as shears, cutoff saws, brakes, punch press, and drill press, to cut and shape components to specified dimensions.

• Grinds welded joints, seams, and other irregular areas to smooth boiler surfaces.

• Selects torch, torch tip, filler rod and flux, according to welding chart specifications or type and thickness of metal.

• Hammers, chips, and grinds work piece to cut, bend and straighten metal.

• Performs light maintenance and repair to equipment used.

• Moves and positions materials at work site with help of other workers.

• Be able to move parts in and move finished product out of fab area.


EDUCATION (OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE):  Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS:  Forklift training certification or the ability to receive it.



• Ability to read and interpret documents furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, quality manuals and procedure manuals.

• Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

• Be able to read and interpret blueprints.

• Must be able to read a tape measure.

• Ability to perform simple shop math, convert decimals to fractional equivalents.

• Ability to interpret tolerances.

• Must be able to identify and measure material.



• Day shift is 8 hours; night shift is 10 hours

• Stand-continuously (8-10 hours)

• Walk-continuously (8-10 hours)

• Lift to/from floor-50 lbs. occasionally (components), 10 lbs. frequently (components)

• Lift overhead-up to 20 lbs. rarely (components), 15 lbs. occasionally (components), 10 lbs. frequently (components)

• Lift waist level-up to 50 lbs. occasionally (components), 25 lbs. frequently (components)

• One or two hands carry-up to 30 lbs. for 5 feet occasionally (components), heavier items are moved with a hoist

• Push/pull-up to 50 lbs. force (total 92 lbs. force) with 2 employees to initiate movement of loaded carts, occasionally, loaded parts cart may take up to 40 lbs. force, occasionally



• Pull-bar stock off shelves from 12” above the floor to overhead may take up to 35 lbs. force, occasionally

• Elevated work (reaching)-rarely

• Forward reaching-frequently (to reach stock on various shelves from floor level to above shoulder level)

• Twist-rarely (to reach components)

• Bend-frequently (to reach when moving finished parts, using sawhorses or table, or working on a part       on the floor)

• Squat-occasionally (to move raw steel or finished parts)

• Kneel or crouch-occasionally (working on low parts or on the floor)

• Stair climb-rarely (rolling parts)

• Ladder climb-rarely (to reach upper shelves)

• Balance-occasionally (walking around parts, machines)

• Manual dexterity-frequently (setting stops, handling small components)

• Firm grasp-frequently (using hand tools)

• Foot pedal operation-frequently (machine operation)


Lifting more than 50 lbs. is performed by two employees or mechanical assistance is required



Rarely 1-5% of day

Occasionally  6-33% of day

Frequently 34-66% of day

Continuously 67-100% of day



• May be inside 98% of day, outside 2% of day to get material, temperature exposure may be 70-100 degrees inside near ovens, and outside varies between -20 to 100 degrees + with high humidity in summer

• High elevations-slight 

• Moving objects-slight (hoist, bridge cranes, rolling carts)

• Noise level-moderate

• Slippery surface-slight (wet floor, oil, coolant, sand/dirt on floor dragged in on forklift tires)

• Vibration-moderate (hand tools)

• Air pollution-slight (dust, welding smoke)



• Near vision and depth perception-significant

• Far vision-moderate

• Hearing sensitivity-minimal


PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Eye protection, safety shoes, protective clothing, and ear plugs.


EQUIPMENT USED TO PERFORM JOB: Hand tools, measuring equipment, drill press, saws, iron workers, hand grinder, cutting torch, overhead hoist, forklift, steel saw horse, carts, bridge crane, hand truck, broom.


*Each employee should be aware that changes in this job description could occur at any time.  Also, this job description is not to be considered or construed to be a contract of employment.

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