• Job Reference: 40464
  • Salary: £14.37 - £16.63 per hour DOE
  • Discipline: Maintenance & Trades
  • Location: Stanley
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Skills: Manual Lathe Operator

Job Title: Manual Lathe Operator

Location: Stanley

Hourly Rate: £14.37 - £16.63 DOE

Shift: Day shift


About the company:

I am currently seeking a skilled lathe operator to join my client's team. In this role, you will be responsible for a range of tasks outlined below, while also being open to any other duties as directed by the Operations Lead.


The main focus of this position is to become an integral part of the JobShop team, contributing to the creation of top-quality components using both manual and numerically controlled (NC) lathes and equipment.


Key Skill Requirements

My client is looking for candidates with the following qualifications and skills:

  • A proven track record as a time-served manual lathe operator.
  • Familiarity with Alpha-Cam or similar basic programming is advantageous, although not mandatory.
  • Technical proficiency in drive system assemblies, including shaft tolerances, keyways, bearings, bushes, and sprockets.
  • Capability in measuring and reverse engineering turned components.
  • Proficiency in using measuring tools such as internal/external micrometers.
  • Problem-solving skills that contribute to effective troubleshooting.
  • A positive attitude and a willingness to share knowledge, including mentoring apprentices.



Safety is a top priority for my client. You will be expected to embody the 'Home Safe Everyday' philosophy and ensure your well-being for the successful execution of your responsibilities. Additionally, you'll play a vital role in upholding health and safety procedures, guiding apprentices in adhering to regulations, and promoting a culture of best practices. Challenging and adhering to Risk Assessments, Safe Working and Operating Procedures will also be part of your responsibilities.


Planning, Delivery & Output

Your role will encompass various planning, delivery, and output-related tasks:

  • Offer engineering solutions promptly for customer problems and breakdowns.
  • Assist in shaping apprentice training plans.
  • Provide estimated operation times to aid accurate job quoting by the estimation team.
  • Adhere to operation times specified in job cards; communicate early if challenges arise.
  • Be prepared to work overtime during customer breakdowns and planned shutdowns.
  • Identify tooling requirements ahead of upcoming jobs, facilitating timely purchasing.


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