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Machine Set Up and Run

MERRILL, WI Northern Wire - Part of the Elgin Fastener Group, is looking to fill SKILLED Machine Set Up and Run positions on both the 1st and 2nd shifts. The Machine Set Up and Run person will perform diversified setup functions on production equipment that must hold close tolerances to meet inspection requirements.  All setup procedures are recognized as standard practice and all setup and operating standards apply to this position.  Setups are preformed from route sheets, blueprints, or customer specifications.  A variety of precision measuring instruments and gauging are used for the inspection of parts.  Employees performing this function may also operate production equipment.  This process must be completed in a timely, safely and efficient manner.



  • Capable of working irregular work schedules or overtime when necessary.
  • Work 100% of the time in a manufacturing setting, either standing, sitting or walking.
  • Frequent lifting of weights up to 25 pounds, occasional lifting of weights up to 100 pounds.
  • Possess hands-on experience with measurement tools, such as:  crescent wrenches, socket wrenches, hex wrenches, vise grips, micrometer, calipers, metric and standard rulers, ram adjustment wrenches, table vise, dead-blow hammer.



  • Operate various machines within the head forming cell
  • Makes minor adjustment as necessary or notify Lead person or Setup person if a more significant adjustment is required
  • Maintains a clean machine and organized work area. Lubricates machines if and when necessary
  • Performs variety of tasks such as counting, cleaning, returning gauges and fixtures, transferring of parts
  • Responsible for the working condition of machines, such as oiling machines. Make minor repairs and machine maintenance. Reports any other maintenance needs to Maintenance
  • Use measuring equipment to maintain close tolerances
  • Follows schedules, procedures and housekeeping practices
  • Adaptable to cell and team concepts as well as cross-training
  • Sees that all safety guards are in place and in good condition and follows all safety procedures
  • Assists other forming operators if necessary
  • Inspects work in progress using equipment necessary and outlined in Quality or work instructions.
  • Checks visually for poor heads. Check blanks for mixed stock and for foreign products. Responsible for quality of own work



  • High school education or equivalent. Machine operator experience, preferably in the Fastener Industry
  • Ability to read work orders, instruction and prints
  • Demonstrated math skills and computer literacy



Grip and grasp tools and parts; repetitive lifting of materials/parts weighing 5-10 lbs.; form parts and perform machine manipulation; turning and twisting wrists and hands.

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