VFS Machine Operator


Newton, MA

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The Annealing Furnace Operator is responsible for following standard operating procedures to ensure the safe operation of two annealing furnaces including ensuring proper furnace load construction and choosing the proper furnace computer program.


  • Operates the VFS & 403 computer controlled annealing furnaces.
  • Determines the best configuration for furnace loads considering significant variations of product size, shape, and weight in order to protect the product and the furnace from damage. Enters data into the annealing furnace database. Processes quality control samples as required.
  • Processes intermediate and finished materials through chemical cleaning tanks in the Pickle Room.
  • Enters material movements into SAP, completes all associated quality control paperwork and lot traceability paperwork to assure product is clearly tested and identified.
  • Displays a working knowledge of the vacuum systems on both furnaces, performs vacuum leak detection, and solves vacuum routine problems.
  • Performs troubleshooting and routine preventative maintenance tasks on production equipment.
  • Maintains work area in a clean, safe, and orderly condition on a daily basis by following 5S standard work practices.
  • Follows prescribed safety rules and regulations and standard operating procedures to ensure personal safety and high product quality.


  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent with at least 2 years industrial manufacturing experience using computer databases and driving a fork truck.
  • Requires the ability to follow standard operating procedures and prescribed safety rules in order to maintain high quality standards and safe working conditions.
  • Requires mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, experience using measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, rulers, and tape measures, as well as basic math skills, including fractions and decimals.
  • Must adhere to strict environmental and safety rules and identify areas for improvement.
  • Expected to work as part of a team, to make good decisions, to anticipate production problems, and to resolve them with some assistance.
  • Knowledge of vacuum equipment is preferred


Position requires a moderate level of physical exertion. Position is located in a manufacturing environment, exposing the incumbent to machines with movable parts, heat, chemicals, and consequently requires that personal protective equipment be worn.

The selection of the person to be hired for this position is contingent on the candidate having export compliance eligibility for access to U.S. controlled technology which comes under the licensing jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The candidate selected will have to qualify as either a U.S. citizen, a U.S. National, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., a Person Admitted into the U.S. as an Asylee or Refugee., a National of a country that is not prohibited from having access to U.S. controlled technology (via a letter of assurance), or a Person to be approved for an export license by the governing agency whose technology comes under its jurisdiction. Please understand that any job offer that requires approval of an export license will be conditional on Materion’s determination that it will be able to obtain an export license in a time frame consistent with Materion’s business requirements.

Materion Corporation and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the Company’s policy to not unlawfully discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. The Company also prohibits harassment of applicants and employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also the Company’s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the Company. Please inform the Company’s personnel representative if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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