5 Places to Find Your Next Machine Operator


5 Places to Find Your Next Machine Operator

With unemployment at an all-time low it’s more challenging to find new hires with the skill sets you’re looking for. In this tight labor market you’ll likely pay a premium to hire someone away from his or her present employer.

Another concern involves hiring an experienced machinist who is currently unemployed. With many manufacturing jobs available, why is this person available? Moreover, in either case you may need to re-educate the new hire to your shop’s way of doing things.

Given these issues, it may make sense to find people with the potential to become the employees you need if given the proper training and mentoring. Here are 5 places to look for such talent:

  1. Look inside first. Are there existing employees that are ready for greater challenges? Perhaps they’ve been assisting your seasoned machinists or performing other support tasks. Maybe they’ve been tending machines that someone else is programming. If they have the basic skills and proper attitude your best move may be to invest in training them, rather than going to the expense of hiring from the outside. 

  1. Trade schools. Many times you’ll find an individual in a trade school machining course who is transitioning from another career or is a returning military veteran. These students tend to be more mature and have acquired a number of life skills and experiences. If they have the right aptitude and interest, bringing them into your shop could be a win-win situation. 

  1. Community colleges. Like the trade schools, those community colleges that offer manufacturing courses often attract students of various ages and backgrounds. If your local community college doesn’t have manufacturing related classes, drop down a notch to high schools. 

  1. High schools. Many public school systems have rediscovered the value of providing non-college bound students alternative classes in various trades. If such technical high schools are in your area, they may offer an opportunity to groom entry level employees for your shop’s future needs. 

  1. There’s been a resurgence in apprenticeship programs among many large manufacturing companies. However, even smaller shops could benefit from developing such a program. These can often be coordinated with local community colleges as work/study courses. If done right, it’s a good way to insure a steady flow of qualified hires.

When it comes to helping your new hires or experienced employees optimize the performance of your CNC machine tools, your local LNS representative has the industry’s most advanced peripherals for loading bar stock, conveying chips, managing high pressure coolant, cleaning the air of oil/coolant mist and providing workholding solutions. Call: 513-528-5674 or email: .