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Job Title:                                Machinist Designer/Programmer (1st Shift)

Department / Division:      Ada Maintenance / Manufacturing

Paygrade:                              NXD13

Pay Range:                            $34.34 - $44.44/hour

Location:                                Ada, MI


How you would contribute to the role:

In this role, you will have numerous responsibilities – You will create 3D parametric models, 100% detailed drawings and CAM programs to manufacture the components. Data management of shop files, process sheets and setup sheets for machined parts is also the Machinist Designer / Programmers responsibility. Scope of work includes repair of damaged parts or reverse engineering parts beyond economical repair to manufacture direct replacements, modify existing parts and machine new parts from samples or prints.  You will have a chance to work with a wide variety of materials ranging from 300 series stainless, aluminum, tool and alloy steels, engineered plastics, and composites. You will utilize both manual and CNC metal working machinery to manufacture parts, you will use metal shears, brakes, punches, and welders to fabricate parts. You will partner with maintenance employees, production employees and engineering staff to provide support, occasionally you may assist on the production plant floor with equipment trouble shooting, you may also support safety initiatives in the shop and plants to maintain a safe environment, including safety walks, safety reviews of new equipment, and guarding designs to eliminate hazards.  This position will require both scheduled and unscheduled availability for emergency work and planned project work, with the department determining which days will comprise the 40-hour work week based upon production and scheduling demands. This role will be on 1st shift Monday - Friday from 7am - 3:00pm and may require scheduled and unscheduled overtime that may be mandatory and can be on the weekend.


What’s special about this team:

Our Ada Skilled Trades Department is responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing facility and manufacturing related equipment at our World Headquarters complex in Ada.  The Ada Maintenance team is comprised of over 100 highly qualified Skilled Trades employees. As a Machinist on the team, you will be responsible for machined components, CAD design, engineered solutions and support equipment rebuilds for the Facilities and Manufacturing divisions in North America.  You will also support R&D projects with prototype components using 3D CAD data and 3D printing technology to make unique parts. 


Why we are different, our Amway machine shop equipment and technology is up to date and modern, we maintain the equipment to a high standard. We also encourage our machinists to develop skills and abilities on all equipment, so they are both proficient and capable, we are focused on development and training of our skilled trades team, we promote safety as our core value, and we encourage advancement thru continued education with tuition reimbursement. Our Machine Shop runs in a similar fashion to a Job Shop, the work is dynamic and challenging, this is not production shop work, so if you enjoy problem solving, multitasking, working in a team environment as well as working solo, then this role may be a good fit for you.


Required Qualifications:  and background will be important for success:

  • High School Diploma
  • Completion of a certified apprenticeship program with a Journeyman Certification or an applicable Associate degree and 4 years of machining experience.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience as a journeyman and completion of a certified apprenticeship program. Documented schooling and years of service can be submitted for review as a substitute to a formal apprenticeship program.

Skills to be successful in the role:

  • Experience running manually operated equipment such as lathes, mills, OD/ID and Surface grinders, saws, hones, and drill presses.
  • Experience working with Mazak CNC Lathe’s and Mill’s with Smooth and Fusion controls as well as Haas CNC Mill’s is preferred. Ability to set up and run multiple machines at the same time, ability to program online and offline is preferred.
  • Ability to hold a tolerance of +/- .0005” on precision machined parts. Ground parrs to +/-.0002”
  • Strong mechanical aptitude, ability to understand fit and function of power transmission components, complex machinery with rotary and lineal travels.
  • CAD/CAM design and programming software experience, preferably MasterCam 2020 or newer and Solid Works 2020 or newer is an advantage. Either a degree in Mechenical Design or Solidworks CSWP–Mechanical Design certification, a MasterCam Certification in Core competencies.
  • Tig and Mig welding experience would be a plus, as would prior soldering and brazing experience.
  • An understanding of CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) machines with Faro Arm experience a plus.
  • Excellent mechanical aptitude, ability to disassemble and assemble complex precision machinery and experience with packaging production equipment including change parts design and manufacturing would be a plus.
  • Experience building and designing special machines and fixtures.
  • Planning and estimating job cost for material and labor.
  • Strong interactive communication skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel.
  • A willingness to acquire advanced skill levels through personal effort and training on and off the job. Example CAD/CAM classes through local college for advanced assembly design and post process editing for CAM applications, welding certificate, crane operation, forklift license etc.



This role does not provide sponsorship for employment. 


Actual compensation packages are based on a wide array of factors unique to each candidate, including but not limited to skill set, years & depth of experience, certifications, and specific office location. This may differ in other locations due to cost of labor considerations.

Amway’s exceptional compensation and benefits package includes:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Insurance
  • Generous 401(k) contribution schedule
  • Yearly Bonus potential
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • On-site Fitness Center and access to digital Wellness tools
  • Discounts on Amway products

Amway is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Amway is committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Amway is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, where each employee’s individual uniqueness is valued, creating a culture of belongingness. Amway also proudly hires veterans of our Armed Forces.

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