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Caterpillar, Inc. Machinist Team Lead II - 2nd Shift in Sanford, North Carolina

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Job Description:

Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other. We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

Are you ready to build what matters? Build More Than Machines. Build a Career.

Caterpillar is looking for candidates that want to build a career. This is a rare opportunity to join the Caterpillar Sanford team as a direct hire. Position includes a wage of $27.51 /hour (+ 8% shift premium), quarterly goal sharing program and a comprehensive benefit program that begins on Day 1.

What this looks like:

2nd Shift pay: $29.71 hour (includes 8% shift premium)

2nd Shift: Monday-Friday 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We don’t lead our industry - our people do. Watch our video ( to see our team build top-of-the-line skid steer loaders and compact track loaders.

Under general supervision, coordinates, oversees and monitors activities within the machining center function such as safety training, area layout/planning and NPI or prototype assembly.

This position requires thorough knowledge and demonstrated skills for fabrication processes, including but not limited to:

  • Basic CNC machining operations

  • Operating multiple/various types of CNC machining centers

  • CNC programming

  • Familiarity and ability to use PinPoint

  • Knowledge of CPS concepts and tools

Job Responsibility

  • Use of various tools provided in the work area to perform duties and may include the use of lifting devices to move heavy components of weights of more than 35 lbs.

  • Positioning heavy fabricated metal components in machining centers utilizing overhead and jib cranes

  • Inspection of work quality utilizing gauging and other measuring devices

  • In station repair/rework to machining related issues

  • Clearing common machining center system faults in all qualified work stations

  • Completion of routine maintenance (coolant changes, etc.) in all qualified stations

  • Set up of production tooling

  • Maintaining tooling inventory

  • May perform machining of simple as well as complex parts

  • Catalogue defects and resolutions and provides reports to Manufacturing Engineers and Quality to ensure resolution for future production

  • Follow and utilizing CPS principles of 5S, Continuous Improvement Idea Reporting, Waste Elimination, and Standard Work

  • Keeping work area in a clean and orderly condition

  • Must meet deadlines

  • Have the ability to multitask and prioritize work

  • Be a contributing team member

  • Train new and develop existing employees

  • Be a liaison between team members and section managers

  • Responsible for training other team members in standard work

Physical Requirements:

  • Willing and able to sit or stand for prolonged periods

  • Willing and able to perform repetitive operation

  • Willing and able to lift up to 35 lbs.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced Mechanical/Machining Aptitude

  • Strong Communication skills between team members and section managers

  • Advanced problem solving skills

Desired Qualification

  • Knowledge and experience using manual lathes and mills, drill press, hydraulic press, hand tools, power tools.

  • Prior leadership experience

  • Intermediate proficiency in computers and Microsoft applications

Additional Information: Resumes are highly encouraged for all applicants. Failure to attach a resume may lead to application to not be considered. This is a 2nd shift hourly position with an entry wage of $27.51/hour (+ 8% shift premium). Position is located in Sanford, NC. No relocation benefits are available.

Employee benefit details

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Here you earn more than just an hourly wage. We offer a total rewards package that provides Day ONE benefits (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of a quarterly bonus. Additional benefits include paid holidays and paid time off.

Final details

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O.

Posting Dates:

April 3, 2024 - April 17, 2024

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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