Knoll Inc. Brake Set Up Operator in Muskegon, Michigan

Brake Set Up Operator

Tracking Code 1480-056

Job Description

Opportunities on both 1st and 2nd shift.


Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Since 1938, we’ve been thinking about how people interact with their environments, and how their environments impact what they do. Our strength in office systems, seating, furniture, textiles, leather, architectural accessories allows us to compose integrated solutions from products and services that naturally work together.

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Set up and operates machine which forms sheet metal to blueprint specifications. It is also the expectation of all team members to actively look for and support continuous improvements in the product and process.


Set up and operate machine according to standard work. Operate automatic or semi-automatic power brake machines following standardized set-up. Perform operations in accordance to all safety procedures.

Participates in standard job rotations. Perform job rotation with team members to insure proper standardized work and ergonomic safety.

Performs rework. May perform rework operations.

Maintains in-station process controls. Performs required inspection of components and sub-assemblies. Works according to in station process controls and signals the supervisor at the first sign of abnormality. Reports all variances and/or improper operations.

Supports and participates in all changes to standardized work. Participate in all changes to standardized work and job breakdowns with fellow team members to ensure ability to do the change and gain the competitive benefits of continuous improvement.

Performs scheduled preventive maintenance work. Works with all team members to conduct daily, weekly, and/or monthly preventative maintenance. Follows all visual controls and takes action to correct situations outside of controls.

Performs all 5S housekeeping tasks. Works to ensure work area is maintained in a clean, orderly, and safe condition at all times. Completes all regularly scheduled 5S checks. Assists in any 5S activity scheduled for assigned work cells. Immediately alerts team member and team coordinators of all unsafe work conditions.

Participates as a member of the Production Team. Participates in ongoing development, problem solving, communication and implementation of team concepts, programs and policies. Coordinates work to ensure best practices with all team members. Attends appropriate team meetings. Accepts responsibility to quickly identify any areas of lack of cohesiveness, bringing them to the attention of the team leader and working with the team in a supportive manner to resolve issues effecting cohesiveness. Actively look for ways, and reinforce actions needed, to achieve synergy possible within the larger organization.

Performs other duties as necessary in support of business objectives. This position description is intended to guide the activities of the Production Team Member. It is not intended to limit the thinking and creativity of the person to the work of this function. Nor is it intended that this describe all the work that may be required of the person in this position.

Physical Requirements: Ability to meet physical requirements of the job as noted on physical demands analysis.

Analytical Skills: Ability to comprehend and interpret documents such as work instructions, safety procedures, and operation procedures.

Decision Making: Good decision making, planning, and organizational skills.

Operating systems principles and objectives (this competency appears in all job descriptions): Knows all established operating systems (e.g. quality, safety, environmental). Understands the responsibility to maintain familiarity the systems and this position’s role in support of these systems - including a consideration of the impact of individual actions on the systems and the responsibility to communicate concerns and improvement ideas.


Leadership Competencies – Team Member

Develop People: Listens carefully when a team member has a question. Acts friendly and easily to approach. Has confidence and trust in other team members. Cares about team members as people. Recognizes and praise others’ good work. Offers constructive feedback to help team members do a better job. Encourages team members to use their own judgment. Encourages team members to grow and learn.

Build Teams: Helps with the selection, orientation and training of team members. Emphasizes the “team” and team goals. Shares information with team members. Solves problems well as a team. Encourages team members to resolve conflict when and where it occurs. Encourages friendliness among team members. Recognizes and praises team members for team accomplishments.

Guide Work: Encourages team members to do excellent work. Welcomes ideas and suggestions from other team members. Coordinates work with other team members. Offers team members suggestions for solving work problems. Challenges others to think and be creative about work. Understands and uses consistent work processes. Offers quick and constructive help when someone needs it.

Promote Goals: Maintains high standards of performance. Works hard to achieve the team’s goals for output, quality, and customer service. Demonstrates a commitment to the company vision / mission. Works hard to achieve the goals of the company. Demonstrates the guiding company values / principles.

Accept personal accountability for continuous learning: Takes responsibility for own personal development. Seeks out and uses feedback to make changes. Creates an atmosphere for people to provide feedback. Is open to influence from others. Prepares for and participates meaningfully in the review process. Sees mistakes as learning and growth opportunities.

Build and maintain adult-to-adult relationships: Is respectful when interacting with others. Knows when to ask for help. Is approachable, open to hearing facts from anyone. Focuses on solving problems, not affixing blame. Takes responsibility for self, and holds others accountable for their actions. Demonstrates integrity. Admits mistakes.

Get results in critical areas: Demonstrates a sense of urgency. Makes tough decisions thoughtfully and quickly. Is motivated by achievement, doesn’t mistake effort for productivity. Has a winner’s attitude. Has confidence in self and others. Focuses on understanding and serving the customer. Is enthusiastic, committed and tenacious.

Entrepreneurial: Takes risks to make things better. Takes risks to champion new ideas and initiatives. Considers existing systems and works to improve them. Is creative. Evaluates new ideas and perspectives. Believes there is a solution for every problem and works to discover it. Is courageous. Assumes responsibility. Takes initiative.

Celebrate successes: Recognizes good work and celebrates team and individual successes. Works to make others successful, and enjoys that success. Celebrates big and little successes. Is generous and sincere, says thank you. Lets people know they are valued.

Flexible and willing to change: Manages change well. Communicates widely and effectively during periods of change. Welcomes new ideas. Is personally and professionally flexible. Adapts to the fast changing demands of the business.

Team player; Knoll Muskegon, department, and team: Sees the big picture. Understands that their job is one part of a large system. Considers the impact decisions will make on other teams, functions, and ultimately Knoll Muskegon. Assumes the best in other’s actions, and is supportive of their decisions. Is more interested in "what is right" rather than "who is right". Lets leaders lead, and displays loyalty to them.

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Required Skills

Must be able to pass basic skills tests in English and math.

Technical Experience: Must obtain a valid fork lift license, must obtain a valid over head crane permit, must successfully complete annual authorized lock-out training and obtain a lock. Also must successfully complete additional safety procedure training as it relates to the specific equipment being operated.

Industry Experience: Experience in a manufacturing environment preferred. Working knowledge of lean manufacturing techniques, principles, and tools preferred.

Required Experience

High School Diploma or Equivalent required.

1-2 Years Manufacturing Experience including experience operating forming brakes and or press brakes

Must successfully complete an internal fabrication assessment

Job Location Muskegon, Michigan, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular

We are an equal opportunity employer.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.