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Lead Machinist

We are currently recruiting for a permanent full-time Lead Machinist in our Rapid Tool & Development Centre.  This position is a great fit for someone who loves to machine unique prototypes, work on Mazak mills and lathes, and work in a small team environment.  If you are a creative & “how can we get this done” kind of person, then please read on …


Primary role focus is: ensuring prototype or specialty parts are produced within specified delivery date and to high quality standards.


Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Programming and setup of Mazak lathes & mill

Programming and setup of Weiler lathe

Assisting Coordinator – Machine Shop on scheduling of prototype parts in a timely and accurate fashion

Ensuring machinists are trained on latest tooling and machining techniques, and have the knowledge and training to perform 100% QA checks, including, dimensional inspection of parts, and recording any deviations

Assisting in the ordering of machine shop tooling and supplies, as well as prototype parts from vendors as required

Managing and monitoring equipment maintenance

Ensuring compliance to API-Q1 / ISO 9001:2015 standards as it pertains to the machine shop


Experience and Skills

10 years machine shop experience required

Oil & Gas machining experience. Having a background in threads or downhole tools would be considered an asset.

Must have Mazak programming experience. Weiler programming experience would be considered an asset.

Experience with live tooling (lathe)

Experience running a variety of other CNC / manual machines an asset.

Experience with QA principles (measurements) and all forms of measure equipment.

Experience with API-Q1 / ISO 9001:2015 standards an asset.


Education and Training


Red Seal Machinist or Technologist preferred. Will accept applications from candidates with extensive related experience in lieu.

Forklift Training (or willingness/ability to be trained)

First Aid Certification (or willingness/ability to be trained)

Overhead crane training (or willingness/ability to be trained)

Basic supervisory knowledge


Role Competencies

Sense of urgency

Remains calm under pressure

Build collaborative relationships

Conceptual thinking

Time management


Technical Competencies

Mechanical aptitude

Leveraging technology

Knowledge of machining practices and procedures

Proficiency with reading and understanding machining blueprints


Physical and Safety Requirements

Lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs

Subject to post-incident and reasonable-cause drug & alcohol testing

Position is Safety Sensitive and subject to a pre-employment medical assessment and drug & alcohol testing


Fine Print & Fun Stuff !

Our machine shop is located in a facility with bright, natural light.  No dark dingy shop atmosphere here!  This is not a production environment (that’s located next door), so the successful candidate will be working on a variety of prototypes, while interacting with the designers.  The ability to build relationships is key, as this role will interact with not only the shop employees but also the office staff (engineers, designers, etc).   This role will be expected to work overtime during the busy season and sometimes that comes a bit last minute. 

Packers Plus is a great place to work!  You’ll find a relaxed, family atmosphere, with terrific people to work with every day. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program including RRSP matching and a great working environment. 

Build your future with Packers Plus … driving cutting edge technology and industry leading innovation.


No phone calls please.

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