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Milling Team Lead



The Milling Team Leader is responsible for managing the daily operation and activities of the Specialized Machinists and any Production Team Members supporting the Milling department. The Milling Team Leader should be willing and able to fulfill all duties under the Specialized Machinist job description while also managing his or her team in a fast-paced manufacturing environment. 


Management Responsibilities 


Team Leader responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Daily communication of department goals and key indicators on performance to all team members 

  • Supportive, non-threatening leadership style 

  • Delegation of daily activities in department scope with clear expectations 

  • Address department needs of all team members and remove obstacles that negatively impact the flow of material or execution of daily activities 

  • Document and take actions to continually improve on key indicators that drive department performance 

  • Move team members to different work posts based on priorities of the Labor Kanban 

  • Understand and communicate priorities based on the Labor Kanban and ensure that steps are updated throughout the manufacturing process within the department 

  • Provide hands on, working manager support at all work posts and backfill all positions within the department when necessary 

  • Communicate with team members about attendance and performance while setting clear expectations based on the company attendance policy and disciplinary procedures 

  • Provide constant oversight of safety in the department and coach team members on proper procedures when needed 

  • Administer a managerial presence to the department floor at least 90% of each working shift 

  • Provide coaching to all department team members that will positively impact efficiency and quality of work 

  • Ensure that shift schedules are abided by and a timely return to work post is executed by all team members following allotted break periods 

  • Provide an environment in which all team members can contribute to continuous improvement and escalate issues or ideas to the Production Manager and Plant Manager. 

  • Escalate issues that cannot be resolved within the department to the Production Manager 

  • Build rapport within the department and cultivate a team-oriented environment 


These duties are required by the Team Leader along with being able to perform the duties of the Specialized Machinist.  


Specialized Machinist Summary 


The Specialized Machinist is responsible for the operation of specialized manufacturing machines (beam saw, CNC, flat table router, edgebander, moulder) including complicated set-ups, computer programming and material processing. 


The focus of this job is on producing high quality, detailed work based on established standards, guidelines and procedures. Precise, consistent work output is essential requiring patience and a willingness to handle and complete one task at a time. The job environment is stable, based on known relationships with people and well-defined processes. Job knowledge and competency is built through structured step-by-step training and positive, supportive coaching from management and peers. Communication with others is based on knowledge of repetitive job routines and procedures gained from sufficient on the job experience. Consistent, error free work based on defined regulations and standards are key measures of job performance success. The job environment promotes steady, methodical work output so that job routines can be completed on time and error-free. This position is designed to develop a valued technical expert, who, recognized and supported by management and a stable work environment, can deliver quality work on a consistent basis. 


Specialized Machinist Job Characteristics 

  • Steady, even pace to promote accuracy and quality of work 

  • Repetitive routines 

  • Complete set of procedures and tasks completed before new ones are begun 

  • Technical/analytical focus 

  • Work within established systems, standards, and procedures 

  • Communication based on job knowledge and expertise 

  • Decision-making within clearly defined job scope based on defined policies and procedures 

  • Supported by management 

  • Focused on job knowledge and expertise 

  • Helpful, supportive communication with management and peers 

  • Collaborative approach in structured job environment 

  • Leadership focused on consistent, accurate, quality work output 

  • Supportive, non-threatening leadership style 

  • Delegation to others when appropriate, using training, coaching and on the job experience 

  • Attention to detail is required 


Specialized Machinist Job Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Operating specialized CNC machines for processing parts to fabricate custom products (finished goods) within the woodworking industry. 

  • Specific job duties and responsibilities to include but not limited to: 

  • Specialized Machinist 1 

  • Accurately machines parts for final assembly 

  • Verifies program scanned and assigned to part 

  • Understands and effectively operates machines 

  • Understands machine tooling and recognizes when to change tooling 

  • Recognizes and prevents bottlenecks on assembly line 

  • Work productivity is average 

  • Work quality is average 

  • Specialized Machinist 2 

  • Items included in Specialized Machinist 1 

  • Cross-trained on multiple machines 

  • Foresees conflicts and creates resolutions 

  • Work productivity at above average 

  • Work quality is excellent 

  • Specialized Machinist 3 

  • Items included in Specialized Machinist 1 & 2 

  • When necessary, can troubleshoot and repair minor machine issues 

  • Work productivity is excellent 

  • Work quality exceeds expectations 

  • Individual is reliable and without attendance issues (occurrences consistently remain below 6) 

  • Keeps work area clean and free of debris 

  • Keeps work area organized 

  • Attention to detail is required 



  • High School diploma, GED, or higher is required 

  • Relevant experience can be considered as an equivalent to a degree 



  • One or more years’ experience within the woodworking, manufacturing, or construction industry is preferred 

  • One or more years' experience in Finish Carpentry is preferred 


Computer Requirements 

  • Time tracking software – Innergy 

  • Shop drawing software – Innergy 

  • Material requisition software – Innergy 

  • Machine software – WoodWOP 


Language & Mathematical Skills 

  • Ability to effectively present information, questions, or discrepancies to Team Leader for resolution 

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; mentally, hand-and-paper, and calculator. 

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