Company Description

Ace Machine & Tool, Inc. does what it takes to deliver accurately machined products with reliable service and innovative designs that solve problems. We provide affordable engineering and collaboration services for close tolerance, low volume prototypes and production of 1-10,000 parts.

Job Description

The Apprentice Machinist will be responsible to setup, produce, troubleshoot, and verify that parts conform to drawings, processes and procedures. The Apprentice will be required to be versatile within a production environment and learn the various equipment as required.  Skills to develop include a working knowledge of CAD/CAM, SurfCam, DraftSight, G-Code and AutoCad software.  Work is performed inside a clean, air conditioned and heated environment though typical coolants, metal chips and oil will be part of the process of making machined parts.  Ace Machine & Tool – 1st Shift only – Mon-Fri 7AM-3:30PM, Cortland, IL (50 miles West of Chicago, near DeKalb, IL).  Must be reliable and on-time for work, valid Illinois driver’s license, clean driving record and background check.

Job Responsibilities:

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week, with occasional overtime on weekdays and/or weekends.  Includes Apprenticeship Program with a clear career path to Certified Machinist through the TMA, earned through dedication and a strong work ethic.  Apprentice classes to start in Autumn 2018 on weekday evenings.  Clean, modern and progressive Machine Shop concentrating on prototypes, design, engineering and production as an OEM for medical, aerospace, government, auto and food industries.

Expectations:  Willingness and ability to learn, read, follow and interpret drawings, processes and procedures.  Training will be focused on setting up machining jobs efficiently on the manufacturing floor.  Applicant must possess intermediate math skills, ability to communicate with others, and engage in process improvements.  Appropriately use all inspection equipment and sample features to verify conformance as required.  Follow safety procedures as required and be a positive Team Member that has the drive and initiative to help the business grow.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Operates the CNC milling machine, lathe, drill-press, sander, buffer, bench grinder and various hand tools.
  • Reads blueprints, sketches, and follows verbal instructions.  Assists in ordering, receiving and storing material and supplies.
  • Repairs and modifies equipment, with instructions from supervisor.  Keeps workplace clean and organized.
  • Documentation: Completion of work orders; identify time and material spent on project.  Performs occasional tasks outside of job description in support of the Ace Team’s mission.
  • Sweep floors, clean equipment and machines, take out shop garbage and recycling on a regular schedule.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Work experience with shop math proficiency and strong mechanical aptitude is appreciated; basic math skills required (classes can be recommended as needed).
  • Position requires a valid Illinois driver’s license or Illinois Class D license.  Class D — Any motor vehicle with a GVWR of 16,000 pounds or less. Does not include A. B, C, L or M vehicles.
  • Must be able to lift and carry tools and material weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Noise and vibration from operation equipment is consistent, though ear plugs are provided.

Additional Information

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Self-starter with good customer service skills and a pleasant demeanor, with the ability to maintain a good working relationship with staff.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of attention to accuracy and details with the ability to use discretion and good judgment.
  • Safely operate various types of machinery used in the trade.
  • Learn to read blueprints, sketches, and closely follow verbal instructions.
  • Operate various types of machinery used in the trade such as milling machine, lathe, drill press, sander, buffer, bench grinder and various hand tools.
  • A candidate needs to possess openness to learning new skills and collaborating with other team members to create solutions.

Salary Range:

The hiring range for this position is $10 – $12 per hour depending on experience, with a clear career path to Certified Machinist.


  • Future Retirement Savings Plan (401K) 2019
  • 5 Vacation days after one year
  • 5 Paid Holidays
  • Life & Disability Insurance available at low cost
  • Apprentice & Training Programs available through local community college

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