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Machine Build Lead CIV

Date: May 23, 2022

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Company: Oregon Tool

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As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all our Team Members, Oregon Tool is requiring that all new hires have started their vaccination process or are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their first day of work. 

At Oregon Tool, it is our goal to create, cultivate and sustain a global, inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our employees and customers. Oregon Tool invites and encourages applications from all skilled individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company #SharperTogether. 

Provide leadership, project management and training related to physical asset build in the     department. Coordinate, prioritize, and schedule project activities.  Build new and rebuild existing machines to support Division and Portland metro needs and requirements. Assess new skills and techniques and incorporate into current job practices if applicable.


Location:        Portland


Reports to:    



Primary Duties and Responsibilities, other duties maybe assigned as business needs determine:


  • Primary Task (55%) – Build & Operate
    • Assemble and detailing machine components.
    • Support engineering and general plant requirements of new assets.
    • Participate with Engineering and management in the development or purchase of new or prototype equipment.
    • Provide leadership, knowledge and expertise in regard to the build of new equipment focusing on safety, maintainability, reliability, operation, spare component availability and build.
    • Build new equipment to engineering specifications.
    • Operate surface grinders.
    • Operate mill, lathe, drill press, saws.
  • Second Task (30%) – Coordination, Documentation, & Support
  • Machine/part component scheduling and routing.
  • Participate in divisional communication.
  • Conduct departmental update/meetings on regular intervals.
  • Participate in Project Team activities.
  • Keep records of machine build/debug/ development.
  • SAP transactions.
  • Assist the Machine design Engineers in the creation, review and updating of all department-controlled documents.
  • Adhere to departmental documentation (i.e. PPS, POS and SOP).
  • Document results in department logs and charts.
  • Maintain OSHA procedures.
  • Assist and direct peers.
  • Support Technical trade division.
  • Provide technical assistance to design department.
  • Provide technical support and training for new employees, operators, apprentice, and peers; document their progress.
  • Practice teamwork methodologies.
  • Participate in hiring teams.
  • Provide expertise and participate in the development of briefs in regards to ergonomic improvements.
  • OCS group support and international travel may be required at times.
  • Third Task (15%) – Continuous Focus & Improvement
  • Assemble machine and operate.
  • Reduce non added value.
  • Participate with Engineering and management in the development or purchase of new or prototype equipment.
  • Promote a safe, clean, and well-organized workplace. To include personal work area and assigned manufacturing work area.
  • Use a computer-based system to capture labor hours.
  • Participate as an advocate for 6S activities.
  • Lead problem solving teams
  • Mentor employees in continuous improvement and problem-solving skills.
  • Implement improvement suggestions.
  • Apply TQC and lean principles and tools.



Communication and Documentation

  • Maintain open communication through conversation and both formal and informal documents



  • High school diploma or equivalent or equivalent experience required
  • Completed an accredited Technical Trade Apprenticeship program/A.S. Manufacturing Technology or equivalent.


Knowledge & Experience:

  • Journeyman level Technical Trades or 8 years’ experience working in Technical trades.


  • Competent in machine build, tooling knowledge, and precision grinding.
  • Schedule workflow through machine processes.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the Assembly/production process.
  • Able to complete responsibilities in a timely, professional and quality manner
  • Solve problems analytically; search out relevant information and gauge its importance when making decisions
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms
  • Creative thinker
  • Collaborative and effective team player and able to work with teams who are globally dispersed
  • Set a good example of personal integrity
  • Demonstrate ability and willingness to learn; seek out development activities to improve skills and increase knowledge; learn from other team members and own mistakes
  • Take initiative, seek and act on opportunities to improve organization performance
  • Ability to translate specific goals into action and follow through to achieve goals
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and data management software (SAP preferred)



  • Available to work on site as required by job; eligible for domestic and international travel several times per year up to two weeks’ duration.


Featured Benefits:  

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits available on day one (no waiting period)  

  • One paid Community Involvement Day available per calendar year  

  • Flexible work environment  

  • Tuition reimbursement  

  • Earn up to 120 hours vacation during your first year of service

  • Global company with small company feel  

  • Casual work attire  

  • Onsite Fitness center 

  • Public Transit access 

  • $100 Amazon Gift Card for COVID-19 vaccinated team members 

  • 401k matching (100% of first 3%, 50% of next 3% = 4.5% match on 6% contribution)  

  • Flexible work environment 

  • Summer hours 

About Oregon Tool   

At Oregon Tool, we are a passionate group of people dedicated to a spirit of innovation and outside the box thinking to create the world’s most efficient cutting tools and products. We believe in inspiring, listening, learning, and rolling up our sleeves to “get to work” together. Our purpose goes beyond the products we make. We are devoted to positively impacting people, communities, and landscapes around the world. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment and implementing sustainable practices to help reverse the impacts of the global climate crisis. We are built on a pioneering spirit and believe in leading with humility, global stewardship, and owning it day in and day out. We know what it takes to get the job done, and we know our people is the way it happens.  

Come grow with us and help us be #SharperTogether   

At Oregon Tool it is our responsibility to help maintain the health and safety of our team members and the communities we operate within. We’re taking a people first approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, and by following best practice guidelines we’re in the process of thoughtfully operating each of our locations.  

Oregon Tool will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. It is the policy of Oregon Tool to provide equal employment to all qualified persons without discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under law.  

During the application process we will not ask for or collect any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g., date of birth; driver’s license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk, and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. This notice should not be construed as an offer of employment or creating any terms of employment.