The Great Lakes Group


Manual Machinist – Plotz Machine Shop


The Great Lakes Towing Company is seeking a Manual Machinist for its machine shop division, Plotz Machine. The Manual Machinist sets up and operates a variety of machines such as lathes, mills, and grinders to fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments and equipment. This opportunity is open for part-time and full-time


  • Sets up and operates various machines, but not limited lathes, mills, saws, and drill presses
  • Inspects and verifies conformance to specifications on first article machined parts
  • Monitors the machining process; measures parts during fabrication operations and adjust settings and operations to ensure product conformance to all applicable specifications
  • Conduct preventative maintenance inspections on assigned machines and performs routine maintenance tasks on the equipment


  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience as a manual machinist in an industrial environment
  • Must have prior experience working with manual lathes, milling machines, vtl, and boring mills.
  • Must have prior experience working with grinder sand drill presses
  • Must be able to read blueprints and reverse engineer parts from samples
  • Ability to use precision tools to take accurate measurements
  • Good at math with analytical abilities
  • Must have a good driving record
  • High school diploma or equivalent; advanced education or vocational training a plus
  • Must provide your own tools

Minimum Work Environment Requirements

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the Company appropriate to job duties
  • Be fit for a respirator
  • Carry up to 50 pounds
  • Repetitive bending, twisting, kneeling, and reaching
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Work overtime and weekends as needed to meet production demands


We offer an excellent benefits package that includes healthcare, dental, vision, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) profit sharing plan, vacation time, sick time and company paid holidays.

How to Apply

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