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Production Operator

Production Operator

locationMartinsville, VA 24112, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Howmet Aerospace is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance and efficiency in aerospace and defense applications.

Howmet Structure Systems has an immediate opening for a Utility Operator located at our Martinsville facility.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

Work will be performed primarily in the Forge Shop and Grinder buildings. Department consists of a five-person team operating large equipment to include a 5,000-ton forging press, conditioning grinder, large gas fired production furnaces, production saw, remote controlled overhead cranes and mobile manipulator material handling machines. Potential hazards include proximity of moving machinery, high temperatures and noise. PPE includes appropriate clothing (FR9), safety glasses, hard hat, and steel toed boots with metatarsal protection, hearing protection, and other safety equipment as required all provided by the company.

The successful candidate will:
  • Preform setups, adjustments, and other modifications on the equipment
  • Be responsible for the inspection and quality of the product
  • Interact with other departments and company personnel
  • Work with and assist Mechanical and Electrical maintenance techs as needed or required
  • Have basic knowledge of the mechanical functions of machinery and perform some preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Must be able to work with little supervision to complete work on time
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area
  • Complete required daily paperwork and make computer entries
  • Follow all safety rules including lockout procedures
  • Have the ability to work in a fast-paced production environment.


Basic Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Position requires a strong learning aptitude as 95% of the knowledge required must be learned on job.
  • The position requires an individual to stand, stoop, sit, climb steps and ladders, move equipment; bend, reach, lift at least 50 lbs. as needed while exercising good eye/hand coordination and depth perception.
  • Basic computer skills for entering and retrieving data in a windows-based system.
  • Strong reading for understanding and communication skills required.
  • Must be willing to work flexible schedules, available for any shift including overtime and weekends as needed in a 24/7 operation. Must be able to rotate from day to night shift.  
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 


Preferred Qualifications:
  • An associate degree
  • Experience in hot working of metals
  • operation of hydraulic presses and/or machinery, dies; experience operating heavy equipment such as cranes & forklift
  • knowledge of SAP and Microsoft Office software.
  • Two or more years in a manufacturing environment and industrial safety training.


About Howmet Aerospace

Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s sales for 2022 approximated $5.7 billion. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems, titanium structural parts and forged wheels. With nearly 1,150 granted and pending patents, the Company’s differentiated technologies promote more fuel efficiency for aircraft and commercial transportation. For more information, visit www.howmet.com, including content shared during the Company’s May 2022 Technology Day.

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Howmet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email TalentAcquisitionCoE_Howmet@howmet.com