Steward Machine Company
  • Manufacturing
  • Birmingham, AL, USA
  • Full Time

Steward Machine Company


Steward Machine is a multi-generation family-owned business having enjoyed a successful history of over 100 years. The Company possess extensive lifting capacity and some of the largest CNC machinery in the world housed in more than 290,000 square feet of manufacturing space. They offer complete turnkey responsibilities by detailing shop drawings, fabricating, welding, stress relieving, machining, gear cutting and assembly in-house.

Steward Machine Co. is certified by AISC to the highest standard for fracture critical endorsement. All Steward Machine work follow a culture that align with 5 guiding principles (Relentless Work Ethic, "Can Do Attitude", Excellence, Passion, and Adaptability). We have supplied equipment to some of the most demanding owners in the world. Our "can do" attitude gets the job done right the first time. We have a proven track for on-time deliveries.


Primary Purpose of the Position

The Machinist Apprentice will set up and operate conventional, special-purpose, and computer numerical control (CNC) machines and machining centers to fabricate metallic parts, fit and assemble machine parts into complete units, applying knowledge of machine shop theory and procedures, shop mathematics, machinability of materials, and layout techniques. They will be technically proficient in the machining trade. They will be self-motivated and proactive in addressing needs and issues. Understand upcoming work and requirements for the work, communicate needs before they impede productions. Maintain dimensional logs for all the work and jobs that go across their machines. And understands the applicable sections of the DMC QC manuals.


Essential Functions / Duties

To assure quality machining of metal parts/assemblies in a timely manner, efficient and safe manner to promote and support the success of SMC

  • Study blueprints, sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished workpieces, sequence of operations, and setup requirements.
  • Measure, mark and scribe dimensions and references points on material or workpieces as guides for subsequent machining.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines, such as mills, lathes, grinders, and shapers.
  • Calculate and set controls to regulate machining factors, such as speed, feed, coolant flow, and depth and angle of cut, or enters commands to retrieve, input, or edit computerized machine control media.
  • Set up and observes machine operations to detect malfunction or out-of-tolerance machining and adjust machine controls or control media as required
  • Verifies conformance of finished workpiece to specification, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Set up and operates machine on trial run to verify accuracy of machine settings or programmed control data.
  • Verifies dimensions and alignment of assembly, using measuring instruments, such as micrometers, height gauges and gauge blocks.
  • Confers with engineers, production personnel, programmers, or others to resolve machining or assembly problems.
  • Fits and assembles parts into complete assembly, using jigs, fixtures, surface plate, or surface tables, hand tools and power tools.
  • Develop specifications from general description and draw sketch of part or product to be fabricated.
  • Maintain machine (oil, grease) and keep ways clean.

Role / Department / Location Specific Requirements

Reports to the department lead

Position is based at Plant 1 in Birmingham, Alabama


Job Requirements

Education requirements or equivalent experience:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalency
  • Work experience with shop math proficiency and strong mechanical aptitude is appreciated; basic math skills required

Additional information

Preferred Qualifications

  • Self-starter with good customer service skills and a pleasant demeanor, with the ability to maintain a good working relationship with staff.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of attention to accuracy and details with the ability to use discretion and good judgment.
  • Safely operate various types of machinery used in the trade.
  • A candidate needs to possess openness to learning new skills and collaborating with other team members to create solutions.

Not all aspects of the job are covered by the description - may require other duties as assigned.

Job may change over time in accordance with business needs.

Job description does not guarantee employment.


Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, high or precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, extreme heat or cold, wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to handle or reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, bend, crouch or crawl, and smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Affirmative Action /EEO Statement

Steward Machine Company is a Federal VEVRAA contractor, and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices. Steward Machine Company will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or service member status, marital status, citizenship status (In IL - sex, including same sex, ancestry, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, military status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge status, genetic information), (In IA - gender identity), (In CA - gender identity or expression, and genetic information) or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

Limitation and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Steward Machine Company is an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. It is the Company's policy to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, or any other legally protected status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and reserve the right to perform substance abuse testing as needed.


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