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

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Launch your career forward with a unique opportunity to play a vital role at a dynamic aerospace components manufacturer. At the HORST Engineering Family of Companies, the sky isn’t the limit. It’s just the beginning. For more than seventy years we have manufactured components that keep aircraft flying. With relentless precision and quality, we continuously improve and learn new ways to propel aerospace and the other high technology industries upward. And we make it all happen as a family. As a third generation family business, our commitment to our community has been the cornerstone of our success. We aren’t just made in the USA, we are made by the USA. And together, we lift you up.

The aerospace sector is experiencing fantastic growth and investment. We manufacture precision parts for some of the best OEM customers in the industry. Join a modern company that makes the critical hardware that helps keep commercial and military planes, helicopters, and rockets in the air. We help people fly safely.

Why join our team?

  • Work for an established 3rd generation family business with a strong Core Purpose and Core Values.
  • Work for a Senior Leadership Team that has established a multi-year growth plan
  • Engage with dynamic professional leadership that vigorously supports innovation.

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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