Vista Outdoor Machinist in Anoka, Minnesota

Join our talented team. Employees at Vista Outdoor are passionate and committed to delivering quality products to our customers. Our culture centers on an engaged and accountable workforce. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse workforce: rich in talent, background, ideas and experience.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To produce and repair tools, gauges and machine parts to the highest quality standards to assist manufacturing departments in meeting their production schedules and to repair machines within the department.

SHIFT: Monday through Friday 9am-5pm (may vary) plus overtime as needed


(Experience, education, licenses, certifications, and specific knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position.)

  • Two-year vocational schooling degree or diploma in Machining Technology

  • Experience in short run, prototype or tool room environment

  • Experience as a manual machinist

  • Experience setting up and operating CNC mills

  • Multiple process welding capabilities with welding certificate preferred

  • Precision fabrication experience

  • Experience making fixtures

  • Knowledge of metals such as steel, iron, brass and other metals, alloys and tool steels

  • Ability to measure with devices such as micrometers, master height stand

  • Ability to work with geometric dimensioning and tight tolerances

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and problem-solving capabilities

  • Flexibility to shift between varying tasks while maintaining the highest levels of productivity and quality

  • Basic Computer Skills

  • Shift flexibility to work overtime as needed

  • Demonstrated effective team oriented employee

  • Demonstrated excellent problem solving and communication skills

  • Self-motivated with ability to work effectively under minimum supervision


  • Experience with lathes, grinders and/or EDMs


(Fundamental duties necessary to achieve the objective of the position.)

  • Keep abreast of latest machining technologies, sometimes requiring additional schooling.

  • Learn and operate all machine shop equipment as needed.

  • Inspect tooling and machine parts using precision measuring equipment.

  • Select proper stock for job, lay out work using necessary shop mathematics and set up and operate equipment according to blueprint specifications.

  • Make individual machine adjustments and changeovers to put machine in proper condition for specific assignments.

  • Produce and repair tools, gauges and machine parts within blueprint specifications.

  • Compute cost estimates for machine parts and communicate to engineers.

  • Work with engineers to make tooling which will work best at production.

  • Perform welding and fabrication of machine parts or tooling.

  • Troubleshoot machine malfunctions in production.

  • Order and maintain machine tool supplies.

  • Program CNC mills, lathes and grinders, if applicable.

  • Operate Electronics Discharge Machine (EDM), if applicable.

  • Keep machines properly lubricated and maintain machines and work area in a clean and orderly condition.

  • Observe all established safety rules and procedures and report all unsafe conditions or potential safety hazards to supervisor immediately.

  • Train back-up operators for various machine equipment.

  • Actively participate in the departmental Natural Work Team.


(Knowledge, skills and abilities currently used to perform essential functions)

Physical Requirements : Time is split between sitting, standing and moving about depending on specific operation. Reaching, handling, fingering and manual dexterity to assemble, operate, adjust and inspect. Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling and crouching. Extension of arms at shoulder level. Frequent lifting, pushing and manipulating of objects weighing 10 pounds or more, with occasional lifting up to and over 50 pounds (assistance available for heavy lifting).

Mental Requirements : High attentiveness and regard to detail to inspect parts and to ensure safety. Reading and basic math comprehension to understand and interpret quality information (SPC, charts, graphs, etc.) and to keep up to date on new technology. Writing to prepare plans, notes, etc. and reading comprehension of blue prints. Interpersonal communication skills to interact daily with work teams, to facilitate problem solving and to train workers.

Equipment Used : Conventional lathes, mills and grinders, drill presses, sanders, band saws, and other machine tools in the Machine Shop. Inspection equipment such as optical comparator, flutter-gauge, laser micrometer, digital height gauge, gauge blocks, plug gauge, electronic internal and thread gauge, sine plate, shop computers etc.

Working Environment : Majority of work is spent on the manufacturing floor subject to continual exposure to noise/vibration, dust and dirt, mechanical equipment hazards and moving equipment such as fork trucks and motorized carts. Shifts vary depending on operations, seniority and interest level. Occasional overtime to meet business needs. Working with and around others as a part of formal and informal work teams. Support available through supervisor or other associates for problem-solving and heavy lifting.

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled

Vista Outdoor is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristics protected by law. The EEO Law poster is available here:

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