Title: Laser Operator
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Reports to: Shift Supervisor
Department: Manufacturing Production


A laser operator is responsible for operating Trumpf laser cutting machines to achieve precise cutting and shaping of metal sheets and plates according to specific specifications. Working with advanced technology, the operator sets up the machine by inputting the required parameters, positions sheet metal accurately, and oversees the laser cutting process. This role demands a deep understanding of metalworking principles, laser equipment operation, and quality assurance to ensure the accurate production of components used in various industries.


  • Prepare the laser cutting machine for operation by selecting the appropriate parameters, installing the required lenses or nozzles, and making necessary adjustments to ensure precise cutting angles and dimensions.
  • Production Operation: Operate laser cutting machines to precisely cut and shape metal components according to blueprints and work instructions, as well as company expectations. Utilize secondary production equipment such as spot welders, drill press, tapping machines, CNC saw machines, and PEM hardware insertion machines during extended machine cycle times to ensure maximum productivity and systems output.
  • Material Inspection: Examine raw materials for defects or imperfections that could impact the cutting process. Ensure that materials are of the required quality before initiating production.
  • Tool Maintenance: Maintain and inspect tooling for wear, damage, and proper alignment. Replace or adjust tools as needed to maintain the quality and accuracy of cuts.
  • Quality Control: Use precision measurement devices such as calipers, micrometers, and gauges to monitor the production process to verify that each component meets the specified dimensions and tolerances. Make necessary adjustments to machine settings if deviations are detected.
  • Safety and Compliance: Adhere to all safety protocols and guidelines while operating the Laser machine. Maintain a clean and organized work area to minimize safety hazards.
  • Problem Solving: Troubleshoot any issues that arise during the production process, such as machine malfunctions or irregularities in the cutting process. Collaborate with supervisors and maintenance personnel to resolve problems promptly.
  • Documentation: Maintain accurate records of production output, scrap, machine settings, and any issues encountered during the process. Provide feedback to supervisors and engineering teams for process improvement.
  • Continuous Improvement: Participate in discussions and initiatives aimed at improving production processes, tooling, and operational efficiency.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. Technical or vocational training in metal fabrication or a related field is preferred.
  • Proven experience as a Laser Machine Operator, specifically with Trumpf laser cutting machines.
  • Strong understanding of engineering drawings, blueprints, and geometric tolerances.
  • Knowledge of metal materials and cutting processes.
  • Ability to perform accurate measurements using various tools such as calipers, micrometers, and gauges.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a keen attention to detail.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively within a team.
  • Prioritization skills to manage multiple tasks and meet production deadlines.
  • Adherence to safety protocols and a commitment to maintaining a safe working environment.

(ADA) Minimum Qualifications or Standards Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:

  • Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information related to job duties.
  • Language Ability: Requires speaking with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and a well-modulated voice.
  • Intelligence: Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques related to administrative and clerical duties; to make independent judgments without supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.
  • Verbal Aptitude: The ability to record and deliver information, explain procedures, and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add, subtract, multiply, and divide figures. 
  • Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: talking, expressing, or exchanging ideas through spoken words. (Hearing – perceiving nature of sounds by ear)
  • Physical lifting and movement: Ability to walk or stand 8-12 hours a day. Ability to lift, push, pull or move 50 pounds. On occasion the incumbent may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders. Manual dexterity for precise adjustments and handling of components.