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The Caldwell Group, Inc.

Water Jet Operator 2nd Shift

Rockford, IL.

Full time / M – F


Pay: $19.11 – $24.25

*New 2nd shift $5.00 premium*

This position is responsible for operating and maintaining water jet cutting machines to produce precision cuts on a variety of materials and ensuring quality and efficiency in related cutting processes.


Job Duties:

· Water jet cuts plate to engineering specs, including loading and adjusting cutting parameters to ensure parts are cut with acceptable quality.

· Prepares materials for cutting by setting up and securing them on the cutting table.

· Loads and executes cutting programs on the machine.

· Monitors the cutting process.

· Performs routine maintenance on water jet cutting equipment including cleaning, lubricating and replacing worn parts.

· Changes cutting heads and abrasive materials, feeding tubes, etc. as needed.

· Identify and troubleshoots issues with the machine, making adjustments or repairs, as needed.

· Performs safety check and records results daily/weekly check sheets.

· Affixes part number sticker to the appropriate part.

· Nest parts to assign cut sheets. Import cut files and set lead ins and save.

· Reports defective tools and equipment.

· Demonstrates the Caldwell Company Values in all work activities (and instills the same behaviors in all direct reports)

· Complies with all safety rules and requirements.


· High school diploma or equivalent.

· Two years Water Jet Operator experience (or a similar role)

· One year fork lift experience.

· Proven ability to read and interpret blueprints.

· Proven ability to read a tape measure.

· Proficiency using computerized control systems for water jet cutting.

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