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Copper Plating Operator

Calumet Electronics copper plating operator

Job Description

Copper Plating Operators are responsible for the operation, quality checks and maintenance of our manufacturing department’s high-volume automated copper plating lines. 

A copper plating line consist of an automatic hoist, a series of chemical baths and a computer control system. The process cleans, prepares, then electroplates copper onto production panels in desired patterns, forming the copper circuits, interconnects and connection points for components. 

An operator’s primary responsibilities include loading and unloading production panels from the line, conducting in process inspections to ensure the quality of the product, performing maintenance tasks to ensures the equipment is in proper working order and working with technicians and engineers to solve problems and continuously make improvements.

Note: This position is critical to manufacturing operations, employees with strong attendance will be most successful.

Note: Estimated Earnings includes anticipated overtime and incentives but does not include end of year bonuses. Estimates show are at entry level and at 2 years.

Current Shift Openings

8-Hour Shifts
Typically Monday through Friday. Frequent daily & weekend overtime needed
  • 1st shift: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Estimated Earnings: $30,657 – $37,18
  • 2nd shift: 3:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
    Estimated Earnings: $32,669 – $39,657
  • 3rd shift: 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
    Estimated Earnings: $34,700 – $42,126

12-Hour Shifts
Alternating 3 then 4 day work week. Guaranteed every other weekend off.

  • Days 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Estimated Earnings: $32,513 – $39,392
  • Nights 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Estimated Earnings: $35,042 – $42,570
Pay and Benefits
Many entry level employees apply with us because they are seeking reliable full-time employment. We offer much more than full time employment, we offer overtime, shift differentials, technical difficulty differentials, attendance incentives, and opportunities for advancement. Employees also receive pay holidays, paid time off (PTO for vacation, personal and sick days), free counseling service (Northstar) and a choice of Aflac or contribution to a 401K. Employees can also purchase Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance through the company, the company covers 40% of the employees premium. More than offering good jobs, we offer great career opportunities.

Base Pay
The hourly pay rate received by an employee based on position, tenure, capability and experience. Increases over time with cost of living, reviews and merit.

Overtime
Hourly employees receive 1.5 times their base rate for hours worked over 40 hours.  During COVID-19, employees receive 2 times their base rate for hours worked over 48 hours.

Shift Differential
Employees working 2nd shift (3:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.) receive an additional 7% of their base pay and 3rd shift (11:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. an additional 14%.

Technical Differential
Positions with a greater Technical Difficulty often receive a higher pay rate due to the higher level of training and degree of skill required.

Attendance Incentive
Employees receive an additional $40/week for having good attendance by working their complete 40 hour shift for any give week.

Manufacturing Skills and Responsibilities

Manufacturing is the heart of our operation. Employees working in our manufacturing environment must demonstrate the following skills and responsibilities to be successful, grow and advance within the company. On the job training is provided. Everyone employee in manufacturing is integral to a smooth operation, therefor an employee must demonstrate reliability with attendance. Remember, all employees receive paid holidays and paid time off. 

Participation
  • Reliably work to a set schedule, arrive on time, work full shift.
  • Reliably work overtime as necessary to fulfill customer orders.
  • Arrive ready to work, learn and grow; taken on new challenges.
  • Operate within company, manufacturing and safety policy and procedures.
Handle Jobs
  • Move product between steps, updating paper and electronic travelers.
  • Read fabrication documents with manufacturing specifications.
  • Work with computers in manufacturing, with equipment and for training.
Operate Equipment
  • Follow SOP to start up, test, operate, monitor, adjust and shut down equipment.
  • Ensure equipment is properly and safely operated and maintained.
  • Monitor, maintain and adjust process parameters to achieve conforming product.
Ensure Quality
  • Determine if product meetings quality and workmanship requirements.
  • Inspect products for defects before, during and after processing.
  • Ensure product conforms to quality, workmanship and specified standards.
Team Work
  • Work closely with managers, supervisors, process engineers and technicians.
  • Assist process engineers and technicians to solve problems and make improvements.
  • Use world class manufacturing principals to reduce waist and improve performance.
Safety 
  • Follow all safety policies, protocols, practices and procedures.
  • Use proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
Wet Process Skills and Responsibilities
Equipment
  • Operate equipment with chemical chambers with horizontal conveyor transports.
  • Operate equipment with chemical baths a with automated vertical hoist transports.
Chemical Baths
  • Properly make up, maintain and dump chemical baths to schedule and instructions (SOP).
  • Perform cleaning, maintenance and preventative maintenance activities on tanks.
Safety
  • Maintain current training on properly handling chemicals and hazardous waste.
  • Learn, understand and use Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and safety protocols.
  • Report chemical safety concerns or issues to safety director. 
Technical Difficulty Levels

Our manufacturing environment offers a wide range of opportunities with varying degrees of technical difficulty. Each position is assigned a technical difficulty level of either Low, Moderate, or High.  Generally, jobs requiring a higher degree of skill have higher pay rates.

All operators within our manufacturing environment must have the ability to follow standard operating procedures, maintain a high level of workmanship and quality control and pay attention to detail. Positions with a Technical Difficulty rating of LOW do not require specialized training or knowledge of chemical handling, precision machine control, or reading customer fabrication drawings. 

Manufacturing positions with a Technical Difficulty of MODERATE require operators to have additional training and a greater knowledge of chemical processes, CNC machinery, skills with reading, interpreting customer fabrication drawings and/or requires a greater level of communicating with process engineers. These positions are more challenging but on the job training teaches necessary skills for success.

Positions with a HIGH degree of Technical Difficulty require operators to be trained in standardized industry inspection techniques, understand how altering process parameters will change the product being produced, have high attention to detail to ensure conforming products at all technology levels, be accomplished with maintaining machinery and processes, successfully interface with Process, CAM and Quality Engineering.

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