Manual Machinist

Date: Jul 6, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Dart Container

Operate mechanically/manually controlled machine tools to manufacture and repair parts, tools, and fixtures 

Day-to-Day Role:

  • Follow and commit to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for safety, quality, production, efficiency, and service requirements
  • Follow practices and processes intended to provide safe products that comply with appropriate laws and regulations, meet the company quality standards
  • Follow and commit to safety and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) 
  • Setup and machine part skills on manual equipment using blueprints and or sketches while maintaining dimensions and tolerances
  • Determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work pieces, sequence of operations and setup requirements
  • Fabricate parts using standard machinist equipment including lathe, grinders, milling machine, or drill presses
  • Detect malfunctions or out of tolerance machining and adjust machine controls or control media as required
  • Read blueprints, schematics, specifications, bills of material, and various technical references as required
  • Utilize SAP to retrieve tooling and parts information
  • Set up and run engine lathe, vertical mill, surface grinder/knife grinder, tool post, jig grinder, drill press, saws (both horizontal and vertical), and/or hydraulic press
  • Grind and/or sharpen cutting tools
  • Make layouts on parts to assist machining and/or assembly operations
  • Use inspection gages (micrometers, height gages, bore gages, calipers, etc.) to inspect all machined parts for accuracy
  • Proof programs with minimal help
  • Learn SAP Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Work Order Process

Core Skills and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must possess all of the following:

  • Two (2) years of experience in manual machining, or comparable experience with trade school
  • Experience setting up and mechanically/manually controlled machine tools such as mill, lathe, grinder, drill press, hydraulic press, etc.
  • Ability to efficiently run machining and metal fabrication equipment with high precision
  • Able to cut, bend, drill, and weld metals
  • General knowledge of metrology methods and tools
  • Capable of using inspection gages (micrometers, height gages, bore gages, calipers, etc.)
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings
  • Math skills to include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and algebra
  • Familiar with and ability to convert decimals to fractions or vice versa
  • Familiar with and ability to convert units (imperial to SI, etc.)
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot basic problems including knowledge of machines and tools, their designs, and uses
  • Ability to obtain and maintain powered industrial truck (PIT) license
  • Demonstration of minimum proficiency with the English language in order to ensure effective new hire training and on-going communications about safety and quality issues

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment
  • SAP experience
  • PIT experience

Overview: Dart makes everyday products that give people the freedom to enjoy the food & drinks they love, wherever they are. From to-go containers and dinnerware to tamper-evident food packaging and even the red Solo cup, Dart products have been keeping people on the go and having fun for more than 50 years. Dart is a family-owned, family-focused company of 13,000 employees united by a shared set of values. Headquartered in Mason, MI, Dart has 30 locations in four countries.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.

Dart Container is a drug-free workplace.  Candidates are subject to a drug test (excluding THC*/marijuana/cannabis) and background check at the time of offer.

*THC testing ONLY when such testing is required by law.

Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (800) 545-3278 Ext 3370 or email us at Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.

If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (800) 545-3278 Ext 3390 or email us at for assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Machinist, ERP, SAP, Industrial, Fabrication, Manufacturing, Technology