How to write a Machine Operator job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Machine Operator job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Machine Operator job titles

  • Machine Operator
  • Senior Machine Operator
  • Industrial Production Machine Operator (with Mastercam proficiency)
  • Machine Operator (Full-Time)
  • Machinist

Machine Operator job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Machine Operator job summary

Our fast-growing, technologically-driven manufacturing firm is seeking a Machine Operator with Mastercam programming knowledge. This position will provide the successful candidate with the chance to apply their knowledge, learn new skills and work as a team within a clean and safe environment. The ideal candidate for this role has 5+ years’ experience in the manufacturing sector, pays strong attention to detail and is committed to workplace safety.

Machine Operator responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Machine Operator responsibilities

  • Carry out production, inspection, packaging and machine operation duties
  • Set up machinery and ensure all materials are readily available
  • Effectively monitor production equipment
  • Assist the shop technicians and materials clerk as necessary
  • Perform appropriate duties as assigned by management
  • Maintain a safe and clean work space
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations

Machine Operator qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Machine Operator skills

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 5+ years’ experience with Mastercam
  • Strong knowledge of machines in a manufacturing setting
  • Ability to accurately read blueprints
  • Able to lift a maximum of 50 pounds and stand for an eight-hour work shift
  • Committed to quality, safety and communication
  • Team-oriented and self-directed

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