2nd Shift CNC Turning/Lathe Set-Up Lead (Horst Engineering, East Hartford, CT)

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Propel your career forward with an opportunity to manufacture aircraft engine components at a dynamic aerospace manufacturer. The Horst Engineering Family of Companies is a 72-year-old privately held business that has continuously modernized. Growth opportunities in aerospace manufacturing have never been better. We precision machine parts for some of the strongest and most innovative OEM customers in the industry. Join a modern company that makes the critical hardware that helps keep planes, helicopters, and rockets in the air. We help people fly safely.

Why join our team?

  • Work with the latest CNC technology
  • Sharpen your skills working with difficult to machine high temperature alloys
  • Benefit from the security of an established 3rd generation family business
  • Work with a team that lives the motto: Work hard, play hard

Job Summary:

This position is based at Horst Engineering’s East Hartford, CT plant site. This role will direct the activities of the Turning team members and will be responsible for scheduling their daily work for and meeting weekly production KPI’s (metrics). This position will report to the Manufacturing Supervisor, but will interface with other functions, including Quality Assurance, Human Resources, Engineering, and Shipping/Receiving/Materials.


• Lead the Turning team, mentor and motivate team members, ensuring individual and group productivity.
• Act as communications hub for the team, disseminating pertinent and timely information.
• Schedule routine production functions, as well as special production needs and preventive maintenance of machines.
• Monitor production flow, using data indicators to schedule workload, ensuring output meets customer timelines.
• Maintain and improve production efficiency, initiate and implement continuous improvement projects, train team members, and work with manufacturing engineering to implement new processes.
• Perform hands-on setup and operation of machines
• Troubleshoot the work of your team members.
• Assume responsibility for quality output as a participant in administering the company’s Quality Management System.
• Implement lean manufacturing practices.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a team leader or hands-on manufacturing supervisor.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in fast paced, highly precision, contract manufacturing operation.
  • Proven supervisory, verbal communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Time management, scheduling and prioritization skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to make effective decisions in an expedient manner while maintaining extremely high quality standards.
  • Strong PC skills (Windows, Outlook, and Excel)
  • ERP experience (e.g. Epicor) is a plus.
  • CAM Programming skills (e.g. Partmaker, Mastecam) are a plus.
  • Ability to appropriately prioritize resources based upon needs.
  • Knowledge of lean enterprise.
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