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Metal Cell Operator Level II

Howmet Aerospace
LaPorte, IN
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: 401k, dental, life insurance, medical, vision,
Job Description


Work as a team member to take a rough casting and condition it to the specifications that meet the customer’s requirements by performing metal cleaning, finishing, dimensional inspection and FPI inspection.


Read and implement PC (product criteria). Operate hand grinding tools (both belt and stone). Operate metal cleaning equipment, water flow and sonic equipment. Adjust parts by use of presses, heat or other dimensional tooling. Operate hand sandblast and auto blast units. Prolonged gripping standing or sitting and pushing, pulling and lifting. Moderate length of concentration


Job responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

To become cross trained in order to perform ALL or MOST OF the duties listed below, with a main concentration in FPI Certified Level II duties. When necessary, the individual may be required to move castings to designated areas or perform other work-related duties as assigned:

Metal Cleaner

  • Sandblast part by the PC
  • Fill and clean the blasting unit
  • Perform hazeblast operation
  • Inspect castings for possible scrap
  • Maintain the correct pressure and speed of the blast cabinets by the AI’s and PC’s

Metal Finisher

  • Finish castings to PC using stones, burrs, belts, templates and gages
  • Sandblast to surface finish
  • Conduct visual operation and primary inspection of casting
  • Input data in computer for collection
  • Use boroscope for inspection and fiber light
  • Perform decap/deburr operation
  • Perform sonic operation
  • Map weld areas
  • Operate comco machine
  • Operate water flow

Dimensional Operator

  • Operate gauging equipment. Use of calipers, micrometer, height gauges, shim stock, scissors, pin, go no/go, step gages, Arbor presses and sonic equipment.
  • Input data for record keeping
  • Adjusting castings for PC compliance
  • Working with engineering on deviant castings and reworking to engineers instructions
  • Operate glassbead/table clean unit
  • Datum “C” drilling-Stators Cell Only-(considered add-a-skill op.)
  • Reroute nonconforming castings

FPI-Certified Position-Consisting of Level I and Level II

  • Surface preparation-removing contaminants by degreasing or sand blasting.
  • Application of proper penetrate and removal of excess penetrate
  • Emulsifying for the specific amount of time
  • Removal of excess water and drying of casting
  • Application of developer
  • Monitor gages on equipment and run daily and monthly test to insure system is operating within customer specifications
  • Complete routing card
  • Reading FPI defects to insure customer regulations


  1. Education:

High School Diploma or GED equivalency preferred.

  1. Skills and Abilities:

Employee must be able to:

    • Read parts to the .0001
    • Understand gauging and templates
    • Have finishing skills, (stones, burrs, belts, etc.)
    • Work independent as well as with a team
    • Able to read and follow written and verbal instruction

  1. Experience:

No previous experience is required.

  1. Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee is required to execute the following:

  • Occasional bending, reaching, pushing and pulling when retrieving and moving various items
  • Lifting approximately 30% of the time. Typically, assistance would be provided for weights exceeding 50 pounds.
  • Good manual dexterity Position may require more than eight hours daily and more than five days weekly to complete work assignments
  • Sitting in chairs (swivel, padded, and adjustable) for 70% of the workday
  • Squatting / crouching when retrieving stored items from lower shelves and file cabinets, making equipment / product inspections, etc
  • Standing intermittently
  • Visual requirements for this position are close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

  1. Equipment Used:
  • Hand grinding tools
  • Auto gauges
  • Metal cleaning equipment
  • Sonic Equipment
  • Template Haze blast
  • Computers
  • Glass bead
  • Boroscope
  • Belt gun
  • Comco
  • Hoists

  1. Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are performed in a manufacturing setting where compliance with applicable safety rules is required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to work near moving mechanical parts and exposed to fumes or airborne particles, rather confined space, and some degree of extreme heat during summer months. The noise level is moderate.

  1. EHS Requirements
  • Expected to assist in the implementation of EHS Values and policy statements and accompanying principals.
  • Comply with all department, facility, corporate and regulatory EHS regulations.
  • Wear all required personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Report all job related illness and injuries (Per Employee Handbook).
  • Report all safety, health and environmental concerns to your supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Attend all EHS training.

  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Company Description
Howmet Aerospace, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company’s primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance and efficiency in aerospace and defense applications, as well as forged wheels for commercial transportation. Howmet Aerospace is transforming the next phase of more fuel-efficient, quieter aerospace engines and sustainable ground transportation. For more information, visit

Howmet Aerospace


LaPorte, IN



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