Machine Operator at Crane Co

Posted in Architecture 8 days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: lynnwood, Washington

Job Description:

Crane Aerospace & Electronics is seeking a versatile Machine Operator at our Lynnwood, WA site!

 The individual in this role will handle machine operation within the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) production cell and will also flex over to support assembly on Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) in the Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) Center of Excellence (COE).  

As a Machine Operator you will be responsible for setting up, operating and troubleshooting Surface Mount Pick & Place, Screen Printing, Automated Optical Inspection and Reflow Oven machines used in circuit card assembly.  You will be under limited supervision, responsible for moderately complex manufacturing processes utilizing automated equipment and hand assembly.  You will perform semi-routine equipment set-up, operation, and adjustment as well as ensuring processes and equipment remain within acceptable company manufacturing standards.  You will also perform quality auditing, testing, and troubleshooting functions and maintain necessary documentation.

Machine Operator Responsibilities:

  • Load component trolleys using hand-held barcode scanner

  • Program and Operate screen printer

  • Inspect boards using a microscope

  • Run SMT Pick & Place machines

  • Troubleshoot pickup and placement errors

  • Operate Automated Inspection Machine

  • Operate Reflow Oven

  • Service work cell and end item customers as needed

  • Flex work schedule to maintain processes and work flow as needed

  • Perform PRI (Post Reflow Inspection)

  • Rework assemblies and log data as needed

Assembler Responsibilities:

  • Prepare components prior to assembly, clean components, mark, and inspect components, sub-assemblies, or completed assemblies

  • Test finished assemblies

  • Set up and operate assigned equipment and machinery

  • Observe proper health and safety procedures in handling hazardous chemicals

  • Identify and report to lead or supervisor any difficulty which would affect the correctness and quality of the work in process

  • Participate in cleaning of area and machinery and take part in team meetings for improvement

  • Cross-train to work on at least 3 products

  • Complete job-related company training courses

  • Support Crane Business System (CBS) initiatives including 5S, KPI’s, Standard Work, Problem Solving, and other initiatives as they arise

  • Understand and/or participate with internal/external audits

  • Perform inventory cycle counts

  • May be required to repair/rework defective or returned assemblies 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods

  • Strong verbal and written communication in the English language;

  • Ability to thoroughly interpret production or engineering prints, production planning information and assembly aids such as illustrations and wiring diagrams;

  • Basic computer skills (understanding of basic software)

  • Accurate color vision, near vision, and depth perception and other vision capabilities required;

  • Manipulative skills, including finger and manual dexterity;

  • Adept hand-eye coordination and arm-hand steadiness;

  • Ability to work well in a moderate to high paced work environment in a high-volume setting

  • 4+ years of Assembly/Machining Operation experience in a manufacturing environment


  • High School diploma or equivalent; Fine soldering certificate or equivalent experience


  • Ability to do part marking, wrapping and packaging of finished goods for transport to other work areas

  • Ability to ensure all paperwork is completed appropriately and to close work orders

  • Ability to perceive and predetermine sequence of operations and installation requirements from sketches and oral instructions

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment

  • Manufacturing operations may require the use of safety equipment (Personal Protective Equipment) to include but not limited to: eye safety glasses, gowning, masks, hearing protectors, heel/wrist straps and any other required PPE

  • May be exposed to unusual environmental conditions such as loud noises, cold temperatures, confined spaces, dust or fumes


Standing:                          25% *percentage is approximate and may vary depending on work task

Sitting:                             75% *percentage is approximate and may vary depending on work task

Lifting (in pounds):           Up to 40 pounds

Pushing (in pounds):        Up to 40 pounds

Mental/Visual:                 Use of soldering equipment, microscopes/magnifying glasses

Workspace:                      Assembly Cell


Crane Co. reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of accountability and responsibility.  These descriptions should not be considered to be all-inclusive listings of work requirements.  

Crane Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or applicable local law.

In our efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free workplace, Crane Aerospace & Electronics requires that candidates complete a satisfactory pre-employment screening.



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