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Form and Weld Lead Operator- Openings for all Shifts

Laclede Chain Manufacturing
Vicksburg, MS
  • Expired: December 22, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Laclede Chain Manufacturing has origins dating back to 1854 when we manufactured hardware for the wagon trains heading out west. Our rich history started with having innovative and hardworking people. People continue to be the backbone that makes Laclede Chain a great place to work. We are a family owned American company that continues to be a force in the chain industry. Our teams promote a safe and fun working environment. We were recently recognized with a gold award by the Association of Wire Rope Fabricators for having an outstanding safety record during the 2015 year.

We are needing more innovative and hardworking individuals to help our company continue to grow. As the only family owned business in our industry, we have the capability of being flexible. Our flexibility allows us to quickly promote from within, offer competitive wages and a generous benefits package. The package includes health care, vacation, paid holidays, and a 401K.

Position Summary: Back-up for Supervisor in his/her absence; as well as, assists with day to day operations of the Form & Weld Department.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists supervisor with daily operations within the Form & Weld Department.
  • Assists operators with troubleshooting problems.
  • Able to identify continuous improvement programs related to the department.
  • Reads and understands Production Schedule to discern when setups are to be performed.
  • Reviews Job Traveler to ascertain product data.
  • Inspects machines and equipment to specific operational performance and optimum utilization.
  • Develops/revises standard operational and working practices and observes workers for compliance.
  • Assists operators with more in depth repairs of the equipment.
  • Consults with the supervisor and or shop personnel to determine if a repair requires the maintenance department.
  • Fill in as a Setup in the absence of the Setup Person.

Duties and Responsibilities in the Absence of the Supervisor:

  • Plans production operations, establishing priorities and sequences.
  • Maintains and verifies employee work schedule and hours worked.
  • Prepares operational schedules and manufacturing activities to ensure production and quality of products meets specifications.
  • Reviews production and operating reports and resolves problems to ensure minimum cost and delays.
  • Resolves worker grievances or submits unsettled grievances to Human Resource Manager for action.
  • Compiles, stores, and retrieves production data.

Core Competencies:

  • Problem Solving skills
  • Technical skills
  • Customer Service
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication Skills-Oral and Written
  • Ability to work as a team or individually
  • Good work ethic-efficient, effective, accurate, organized, conscientious, dependable, punctual.
  • Meets Company standards (i.e. goals and objectives, production quotas, project deadlines, etc...) and with high quality
  • Adaptability-changes in the work environment, production demands, priorities, methods, direction, etc...
  • Takes initiative
  • Innovative/Resourceful


  • High School Diploma or GED or equivalent work experience

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated mechanical ability, ideally within a manufacturing environment.
  • Must be able to use measuring instruments such as calipers and micrometers.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of mechanisms, mechanics tools and basic machine operation is a must.
  • Basic understanding of industrial safe practices and standards is required.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and coaching employees.
  • Intermediate computer skills with Outlook, Work, Excel
  • Preferred experience working with Epicor.
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues with production, equipment, or people as well as delegate tasks as needed.
  • Basic math skills-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and fractions.
  • Must have project management experience-develop project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes project on time and budget; and manages project team activities.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to obtain forklift license.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Must be able to stand, walk, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach overhead, or crawl
  • Must be able to lift 35lbs, at times may be asked to lift more
  • Environment is non-climate controlled
  • Production floor is typically loud
  • Must wear required PPE

Laclede Chain Manufacturing


Vicksburg, MS
39183 USA