• Lead Machine Builder

    Job Locations US-IL-Sycamore
    Posted Date 5 months ago(5/23/2019 11:15 AM)
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been propelled by the principles of its founder, J. Walter Becker, for nearly a century. Since the beginning, this family-run enterprise has been committed to building ideal relationships with its customers, employees and communities, creating some of the industry’s most innovative and trusted products along the way. This commitment to quality and service will continue to spur the success of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. and its family of companies, for generations to come.


    IDEAL has made its mark by developing the iconic products and practical technology demanded by critical industries like data communications, aerospace, electrical, wire processing, automotive, construction and more.  Since the beginning, IDEAL INDUSTRIES has been a growing, energetic company, and that’s never been more true than today. It’s always been a compelling place to work and we’re poised for even more growth as we continue to move across the globe. With growth comes opportunity—and at IDEAL INDUSTRIES, the opportunity can be yours.


    This position is responsible for a wide variety of duties supporting and contributing to design and construction of custom automation equipment/systems used for the purpose of manufacturing products at all IDEAL divisions. The position reports to the Automation Group Manager and is responsible for construction, managing overall shop fabrication functions, and assembly of automation equipment designed by the Automation Engineers within the team. This Position is also responsible for the final debug and trouble-shooting of the automated equipment built in the automation area.


    • Work as a team with Automation Group Staff and divisional Product Engineers and Manufacturing engineers.
    • Assemble simple and complex automation equipment that may utilize pneumatic systems, hydraulic systems, PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers), controls, actuators, sensors, data acquisition, vision systems, robotics, etc.
    • Fabricate parts as required.
    • Coordinates and makes decisions for the automation machine shop work and prioritization of the mechanical work load
    • Makes decisions of what type of equipment is needed to best increase the capabilities of the automation fabrication area.
    • Provides guidance to automation technicians on machine assembly.
    • Leads initial machine start up and debug.
    • Perform part and system testing as required.
    • Coordinate activities with engineering and manufacturing to professionally install or modify new equipment or movement and re-installment of existing equipment.
    • Insure quality of all parts produced in the automation work area.
    • Attain safety, quality and productivity goals.
    • Complete correspondence, documentation and reports as required.
    • Maintain safety and good housekeeping practices and lead by example.
    • Read, follow and become familiar with all details and work instructions.
    • Participate in Continual Improvement activities.
    • Adhere to customer requirements, Business Operating System and company policies.
    • Support and training at customers sites.
    • Other related support


    • Technical Associates degree in related field is desired or combination of high school diploma and experience will be considered.
    • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in automation or related experience in manufacturing.
    • Fabrication and machining experience using CNC equipment, manual mill, lathe and other tool room equipment
    • CNC experience
    • Basic Solidworks and MasterCAM skills
    • High level of Mechanical Aptitude
    • Good Problem Solving Skills
    • Common sense
    • Welding experience
    • Some travel required


    • Ability to understand and align activities with department priorities and objectives.
    • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written).
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to successfully manage multiple activities/initiatives at one time.
    • Comfortable using computer software such as Microsoft Office.TM
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with a high regard for accuracy, attention to detail and confidentiality.
    • Must be able to work from schematics, rough sketches or create drawings to complete assignments.
    • Able to demonstrate understanding of how job performance affects product quality and customer.
    • Able to work well with others; build and maintain positive employee relations.
    • Able to prepare, read and interpret written reports, instructions, procedures and guidelines.
    • Able to use all measuring equipment.
    • Able to use computer and software as required.
    • Able to repetitively lift up to 50 pounds.
    • Must have excellent mechanical aptitude.
    • Must be able to install, modify and troubleshoot systems as required.
    • Familiarity with Solidworks and MasterCAM.
    • Must be able to read and understand standard electrical schematics.
    • Must have good troubleshooting skills.
    • Should be familiar with hand and power tools.
    • Should have a basic understanding of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
    • When fabricating, understanding of component use and proper application of dimensional tolerance to minimize cost and time.
    • Ability to fabricate things as needed with or without prints.
    • Ability to determine the most accurate, fastest, and cost effective way of getting things done.


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