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General Helper

  • Thorlabs
  • Newton, New Jersey, USA
  • Apr 23, 2024
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

The position performs a variety of technical operations and exhibits exceptional quality and quantity. The General Helpers position is a critical or key component in the success and the flow of the machine shop. The top priority is to support the CNC Machinists in any way that they can. Works under general supervision. Although the location of the position is in Newton, NJ, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations. 


Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to: 

  • Responsible for general maintenance such as sweeping, mopping, emptying trash cans, etc.
  • Responsible for efficiently unloading trucks, cut stock, and deliver material to specific machines
  • Machines various parts on manual equipment with guidance from set-up crew
  • Runs production parts on CNC machines, deburrs and operates laser engraver
  • Finisher- tumbles machined parts, polishes extrusions, bead blasting
  • Complies with safety regulations and maintains clean and orderly work areas.


In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

  • Meeting company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Physical Activities:

Work may be active, could stand or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. Exerts up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally. While performing the duties, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. Some employees may come into contact with potentially harmful chemicals or fumes, but ventilation systems normally minimize any harmful effects, and the work areas may be noisy at times.




  • Minimum 1 year of experience in a maintenance shop or manufacturing environment.  


  • High School diploma or equivalent

 Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  •   Strong sense of ethical conduct
  • Strong ability to take initiative/ownership
  •  Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere, and comply with high quality standards.
  •  Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.
  •  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer.  Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.