VLM Machine Operator

Help build products that make a difference! Whelen’s mission is to serve those who protect and serve others through our industry-defining safety solutions for first responders, aviation, and more. 

  • Substantial bonus that significantly increases annual compensation 
  • Generous benefits for an outstanding total compensation package 
  • Friendly work environment with opportunities to advance—training provided 
  • Best of both worlds: Family-owned company that’s big enough to lead the industry 
  • *Quarterly Bonus Eligible 

We have an outstanding group of employees who allow us to excel at what we do. Read on to join our growing team! 

Summary: Operation of basic machines. Inventory management and parts distribution. 


  • Set up (calibration, cleaning etc.) and run basic machines 
  • Control and adjust machine settings (e.g., speed) 
  • Feed raw material or parts to semi-automated machines
  • Inspect parts with precision and measuring tools 
  • Test operation of machines periodically 
  • Fix issues that might occur during the shift 
  • Check output to spot any machine-related mistakes or flaws 
  • Keep records of approved and defective units or final products 
  • Maintain activity logs 
  • Ability to read blueprints, schematics and manuals
  • Knowledge of production procedures 


  • Completes assignments on a daily basis 
  • Proposes improvements to processes 
  • Works autonomously within established procedures and practices 

Education and Experience 

  • High School w/1+ years’ experience 

Physical demands and abilities 

  • Able to lift 35 pounds 
  • Regularly performs repetitive tasks 
  • Able to stand for entire shift 
  • Regularly possesses manual dexterity to put parts or pieces together quickly and accurately 
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus 


  • Must be able to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and third parties. This ability to communicate requires the employee to be conversant in English as the majority of our workforce and the third parties that we encounter only speak English. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The incumbent is responsible for complying with the policies in Whelen’s “Employee Handbook”. 

This Job Description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company’s discretion. Nothing in this position description changes or is intended to change the employment at-will relationship with the Company. Employment at-will means that an employee or the Company may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. 

Whelen Engineering is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status. 



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