Machine Operator II

Job Locations US-MO-North Kansas City
Job ID
# of Openings
Hourly Full-Time

About Us



Do you want to work for a stable, growing organization that reaches back more than 130 years?  Our steel tube and pipe products have helped build landmarks and buildings in North America; Come build your career at Zekelman Industries! 

Job Description


The Machine Operator II will set up and operate cutoff equipment to produce high-quality steel tubes at a precise length with a minimum amount of burr and/or scarf, and at the highest speed possible. This position will also review and provide quality assurance on the tubing before releasing to the end user. The Cutoff Operator will be responsible for making critical machine adjustment as needed to stay within close tolerances for ovality and straightness of all tubing produced. This position will also have oversite around the scrap rates with their department/mill.


  • Exhibit advanced proficiency on the responsibilities of a Machine Operator I.
  • Has the ability to train and fulfill the role of a Machine Operator I.
  • Ensure machinery is set up, works properly, and conforms with (and can produce materials that conform with) company quality, quantity, and efficiency standards.
  • Operate machines such as cutoff saws, presses, and deburring machines that punch, cut, structure and shape metal tubing.
  • Ensure that tubes are cut with a minimal amount of burr and scarf.
  • Make change-over and adjustments to die, rolls, block, blades, and load table.
  • Reset rolls, switches scrap traps and safety guards.
  • Fill in where needed.
  • Demonstrate teamwork and cooperation with other employees and supervisors. 
  • Working knowledge of general shop tools such as welders, cutting torches, grinders, tape measures, andmicrometers
  • Measure/test characteristics within specifications and tolerances on the production order.
  • Measure inside diameter gauge thickness, and outside diameter. Checks both ends with plug gauge.
  • Adjust  machine setups as necessary to cut evenly around the tube with no distortion on the ends.
  • Perform preventive maintenance to the cutoff machine as well as the sizing section of the mill.
  • Sufficient communication skills to learn from and train other operators and to interact with other teammembers to achieve an effective operation.
  • Communicate with various departments to ensure smooth transitions from product completion to truck loading process.
  • Possess technical skill set to perform changeovers and set up.
  • Provide support to employees newly assigned to this position.



  • Ability to read, write, and perform higher arithmetic computations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions.
  • Ability to understand and carry out semi-complicated verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with vendors, co-workers, supervisors, and managers.
  • Ability to work under periodic supervision focused on progress of work and setting priorities for job completion.
  • Ability to learn to use measuring devices to measure tubing.
  • Consistently and reliably work scheduled hours at assigned location.
  • Attend all meetings as required by management.
  • Ability to read and understand simple blueprints.
  • Ability to read and write legibly.
  • Wear all required PPE and follow all applicable safety policies.

Zekelman Industries offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits, including low-cost, high-quality medical and dental benefits.  In addition, we have an amazing tuition assistance program, a bonus plan, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, immediate vesting, and much more.


We are Zekelman Industries.


We manufacture superior quality tubular and related products, and provide outstanding service for our valued customers.

We seek to continuously advance the skills and opportunities of our employees, utilizing the latest technology and management tools available to consistently increase profitability and the enterprise value of Zekelman Industries and of our customers.


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