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Knapp MFG., Inc. has an immediate opening for a full-time Journeyman Tool Maker/Apprentice at our Racine, WI facility. 


Position Title:  Machinist- Tool Maker Apprentice


Summary of Position:

Knapp MFG., Inc. is a plastic injection molder and contract manufacturer of small, precision plastic parts and pneumatic regulators and switches.  We service customers with items from medical components to precision metering and dilution equipment.


Knapp MFG., Inc. is seeking a Machinist- Tool Maker Apprentice that is committed to quality, forming precision parts, and motivated to continually grow and improve in his or her career.   The ideal candidate must be self-motivated, able to work well with others, follow instructions, and learn through constructive criticism from the supervisor or lead tool room attendant as he or she engages and supports Knapp MFG.’s Design, Molding and Final Assembly teams to provide injection molds, tools and assembly fixtures for our vertically integrated, privately-held company. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


Supports Manufacturing in the following areas:

  • Able and capable of learning operations common to the toolmaker trade  and willing to perform such operations

  • Familiarity with tool room machinery such as lathes, mills, and surface grinders, both manual and CNC

  • Commitment to maintaining machines and keeping a neat and organized work area

  • Ability to read simple prints and hand sketches

  • Strict adherence to all safety requirements including proper dress attire, safety glass, safety shoes, hearing protection, and the proper use of cleaning fluids and coolants

  • Consistently attends work on time

  • Willingness to work overtime

  • Able and capable of learning how to fit parts and hold tolerance to within .0005”

  • Takes responsibility and pride in doing work precisely and correctly


Knowledge, Skills, and Ability Requirements:

  • Preferred but not required: Basic knowledge of programming  (conversationally) CNC mills such as Hurco Win-Max and Accurite Mill Power

  • Must  have a common understanding of micrometers, depth micrometers, and dial calipers

  • Must have basic math skills including geometry and trigonometry to calculate angles and form a hypothesis

  • Must be able to read drawings and calculate dimensions not on drawings

  • Must demonstrate accountability and adhere to meeting deadlines

  • Must be able to follow directions from lead

  • Must be able to move 100lbs with assist and ability to lift 50lbs. 

  • Must be able to to stand for 8 to 9 hours a day

  • Must be able to reach, bend, and stretch with minimal assistance

  • Must possess basic computer skills necessary to function in a Global Shop inventory control and computer scheduling environment



Education and Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent


Required Values:

  • Considers multiple factors (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost & Inventory) when making recommendations/decisions

  • Demonstrates high levels of positive energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to take on new challenges, responsibilities and assignments - strives to go beyond what is expected

  • Projects a professional image in appearance, communication, and behavior even during times of stress, instills trust and is open, honest and approachable

  • Seeks and takes advantage of opportunities to learn from others and share own knowledge so others may benefit

  • Involves and informs others as appropriate in indentifying issues, problems, opportunities and developing solutions

  • Acts and communicates in an ethical and truthful manner, leading by example and earning the respect and trust of co-workers, customers, and other stakeholders

  • Effective problem solving and critical thinking skills

Knapp MFG., Inc. offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, which includes a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, and many other benefits.

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