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General Electric 1st Shift Toolmaker in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Job Description Summary

Role Summary/Purpose:

The Tool Maker will work at the Allentown, PA Metem a GE Power business manufacturing plant and operate a variety of production equipment and tooling. You will also have ownership of safety, compliance, qualify, and productivity.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set-up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair cutting tools, jigs, and fixtures, gauges, and machinist hand tools, applying knowledge of tool design and construction, shop mathematics, metal properties, lay out, machining and assembly procedures.

  • Study specifications, such as blueprints, sketches, models or descriptions and visualizes product. Compute dimensions and plan lay out and assembly operations.

  • Measure, mark and scribe metal stock for machining. Set-up and operate machine tools such as lathe, milling machine, grinder to machine parts and verify conformance of machined parts to specifications.

  • Lift machined parts manually and position and hold them on surface plate or work table using devices such as vises, V-blocks, and angle plates. Smooth flat and contoured surfaces using scrapers, abrasive stones and power grinders.

  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearance using measuring instruments such as dial indicators gauge blocks, thickness gauges and micrometers. Heat treat tools and parts when necessary. Examine standard or previously used tools and decide on modifications to be made. Work to fairly close tolerances.

  • Maintain company production and quality standards.

  • Report unusual problems or conditions to supervisor.

  • Observe company safety rules and regulations.

  • Perform, as assigned, other similar or related duties.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in EDM/CNC or tooling production or equivalent


  • Ability to lift/push/pull at least 50 pounds, with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required

  • Ability to work occasional weekend shifts

  • Ability to work overtime as required

  • Willingness to wear personal protective equipment, for example: safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs, and safety shoes

Desired Characteristics

  • Demonstrates positive attitude, strong work ethic, and self-motivation

  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Has strong ethical standards and integrity

  • Experience in manufacturing preferred

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

  • Ability to follow written instructions and take verbal instructions for multiple assembly tasks in a manufacturing shop environment.

  • Demonstrates strong communication and follow-up skills

  • Able to work with computerized shop floor tools

  • Strong team player and flexible-willingness to move to different areas

  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team with minimal supervision

  • Has a strong belief in Metem, a GE Power business, and the exciting opportunities it is pursuing

  • Basic mechanical skills needed

  • Proficient shop math skills

  • Basic computer skills

  • Ability to read and interpret M&G code

  • Ability to perform basic M&G code programming in MDI Mode

  • Deep knowledge of machine tool geometry and problem solving skills to ensure machines are functioning properly (tramming)

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: No