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IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. Machine Operator I - SK Hand Tools in Sycamore, Illinois

J. Walter Becker founded IDEAL in 1916 and made a promise that is still an important part of the way IDEAL operates today: "An IDEAL product will provide a value greater than the price paid for it. Service is a part of the product." Becker's foundational principle represents our everyday commitment to you. It's the driving force behind our partnerships with the world's leading distributors, a state of the art delivery system, outstanding customer and technical support and variety of operational benefits designed to save you time and money. It means we're proud of the way we do business.

IDEAL brings you products that make your job easier; products that you can rely on, with warranties you can trust; products that are available whenever and wherever you need them. Every IDEAL product comes with the promise made by our founder more than 90 years ago.

For nearly one hundred years the name SK has been synonymous with quality. As a subsidiary of IDEAL, SK is proud that its nearly 3000-item product line is manufactured in the U.S.A. With forging facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a brand new, state of the art manufacturing and distribution center in Sycamore, Illinois, SK has evolved into a stronger, more customer-driven company than ever before. As SK nears its one hundredth anniversary, it is focused even more solidly on quality control, new product design, and providing automotive professionals with the most innovative and reliable tools available anywhere, at any price.

SK Hand Tools is currently looking for a Machine Operator for our Sycamore, IL facility. Hours are Monday - Friday 7AM - 3:30PM.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Follow all safety procedures.

  • Set-up, changeover, and operate primary and secondary manufacturing machines within a work cell.

  • Conduct daily and operator preventative maintenance on work equipment.

  • May complete subassembly and assembly work within manufacturing work cells when required for production demands.

  • Where necessary, monitor work visually and dimensionally referring to blueprints, engineering specifications, engineering input and job instruction sheets. Maintain quality and rate charts as required.

  • Monitor and control quality of production pieces through adjustment of machines or tooling

  • Follow all quality procedures and instructions.

  • Maintains housekeeping in the work area.

  • Other related duties as directed by management.

Skills/Competencies Required:

  • Must have proven ability to safely operate various manufacturing production machines.

  • Must be able to follow verbal and written multi-step directions for semi-complex machine operations

  • Understand set-up needs, fixturing and quick changeover.

  • This position will require an OSHA approved powered industrial truck license.

  • Able to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Visual acuity and depth perception is required.


  • High school diploma or GED.

  • Minimum of 12 months of manufacturing machine operator experience is required, 24 months is preferred.

  • Lean manufacturing experience, including SMED, is preferred.


  • Must be able to continuously lift, push and pull up to 5 lbs, for 9-10 hours per day and, on occasion, lift up to 60 lbs. This capability will either be determined from a physical exam, or verifiable past performance.

  • Continuous standing during a shift (9-10 hours) with frequent reaching, pulling and bending.

  • May be required to pass a physical exam for wearing a respirator, which is a requirement for certain jobs.


  • Hot/cold temperatures based on seasonal variations

  • May be subject to humidity, noise, odors, dust

  • IDEAL INDUSTRIES is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

ID: 2020-2690

Shift: 1st

External Company Name: IDEAL Industries, Inc.

External Company URL:

Street: 1600 Prairie Drive