Episode 12: When and How to Hire a New Machinist
Should you hire a new machinist? What are the qualities you should be looking for in a candidate? In this episode of Machine Shop Talk, Ian Sandusky talks about hiring decisions and provides some valuable recommendations.
Hiring decisions are always delicate decisions. One one hand, adding a new machinist to your team can help you increase productivity and possibly boost your shop growth. On the other hand, hiring a new employee is an important investment, so you’ll need to make sure that there’s enough work for the new person and that the new employee has the right skills and motivation.
The first thing to consider, before even starting looking for qualified candidates, is understanding if it’s the right time to add a new member to your team. Modern CNC machine tools and automation systems are built to a run unattended for hours once they are programmed and set up, minimizing the amount of human labor required per machine and allowing machinist to maximize their productivity by running multiple machines at the same time. This means that less machinists will be required to be on the floor to keep the machines running. As Ian discusses in the video, maybe the best solution for your shop is to reorganize the shifts so that instead of having two guys on the floor at the same times, you can have one working first shift and one working the second to get more production done in a day.
If you find that after reorganizing your shits you still need to add one or more machinists to your team, then it’s time to start looking for candidates. There are many things to consider when hiring a new employee. Skills are clearly important but those alone don’t guarantee that the person is the right fit for the job. According to Ian, the first and foremost quality to seek in a new employee is attitude. A machinist with the right attitude will have enthusiasm for the work he’s doing and will often try create more opportunities to grow the business. Another important thing is background. Unless you are looking for a junior candidate to train, you’ll want to hire somebody with a “diversified” background. A candidate with experience in multiple companies is less likely to have a close mindset and is more likely to be able to adapt to a new job quickly and without issues.
To sum it up, the perfect candidate should have a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job, have a diversified background and a little bit of experience to get started with the job. Do you agree with Ian? What are the things you would be looking for when you are hiring a new machinist?
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