Brake Press Operator

MEC, Inc.

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Hazel Park, MI

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:



As an employee/owner at MEC, you will setup, adjust and operate all sizes of press brakes to perform a wide variety of forming, notching, bending, and punch operations on a diversified line of work.  Ability to determine proper dies, setups of dies, setup of gauges, and adjustment of ram stroke to from all types of parts to proper angle and length without the use of work instruction.  Ability to determine forming sequence of multiple hit parts without the use of work instruction.  Capable of writing work instruction once part setup has been established.  Work from drawings, patterns, templates, and specifications.  Use vernier, protractor, indicator, radii gauges, etc.  Proceed with minimum supervision and instruction.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as deemed necessary.


  • Turns setscrews or bolts to fasten clamp bar that holds dies in position.
  • Writes part programs and stores in machine.
  • Lays out or details layout on work stock from blueprints.
  • Positions work piece manually or with crane.
  • Starts machine to lower ram or depresses pedal to activate ram that bends or cuts metal.
  • Verifies dimensions of work piece and make adjustments if necessary.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Company Culture/Core Values

Embraces and fosters key elements of MEC’s culture. Understands, demonstrates and seeks to promote MEC Pride. Is viewed a role model of the culture.


Customer Focus

Anticipates and identifies internal or external customer needs.  akes action, as needed, to raise customer issues to the proper level.  Ensures the delivery of exceptional customer service.  Continually searches for ways to increase customer satisfaction.


Results Orientation

Develops new ideas for our products and services.  Takes initiative to continuously improve the quality of our products, services or processes.  Sets high personal standards and holds self accountable for achieving them. Follows through on commitments. Conveys a sense of urgency and drives issues to closure.  Persists despite obstacles and opposition.


Communicating Effectively

Listens carefully and attentively to others. Seeks to understand the perspectives of others. Writes effectively using appropriate grammar, punctuation and syntax. Follows-up and keeps others well informed to ensure effective teamwork.


Builds Collaborative Relationships

Maintains the highest standards of ethics in all business relationships. Builds relationships based on trust, integrity and mutual respect. Values each individual’s uniqueness and point of view. Addresses conflict openly and effectively seeking win-win solutions. Participates actively and constructively as a team player.


Working Efficiently - Maximizes productivity by managing time efficiently. Being well organized and using  technology wisely.  Effectively manages multiple assignments and competing priorities.  Actively participates or leads meetings to address business issues.


Job Knowledge & Individual Effectiveness

Demonstrates the functional knowledge and skills required to perform this specific position effectively (i.e. sales, customer support, research, etc.).  Proficient in use of technology skills to effectively perform current position responsibilities.


Problem Solving/Decision Making

Systematically gathers and analyzes all critical information to uncover the underlying cause of a problem.  Applies sound logic to reach valid conclusions.  Proposes pragmatic solutions to problem situations.  Seeks input from others as needed to enhance decision quality.  Makes timely and sound decisions.  Understands and uses appropriate problem solving tools




High school diploma or general education degree (GED), or one to three years related experience and/or training is preferred.



Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations and to other employees of the organization.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.



Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.



Ability to read and interpret blueprints.

Ability to use computer.



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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.