Set Up Operator

Wabtec Corporation

Salem, VA


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Graham-White, a Wabtec Company, is a leading innovator for various products used in the freight and transit rail business segments, as well as the transit bus markets. Products such as air drying and filtration equipment, pneumatic valves, locomotive parking brakes, sanding equipment, and gauges.

The Setup Operator is responsible for performing multiple tasks to support the fabrication of locomotive / truck components. This position takes a unique individual who’ll be responsible to work in a team atmosphere to improve manufacturing processes and promote a climate of cooperation.

This is a Monday through Thursday, first shift position with occasional overtime required. 

Duties and Responsibilities – may include but is not limited to the following;

  • Understands and performs all functions related to set up and operation of  CNC and / or manual  machines to fabricate metallic and nonmetallic parts.
  • Follows process sheets for selecting and installing tools, offsets, fixtures according to specifications to prepare machine for operation,
  • Use of manual and electronic precision measuring equipment to check multiple quality parameters.
  • Use of engineering part drawings and process plans, performs first piece approval.
  • Reports malfunctions of machining equipment and / or  process deviations to appropriate personnel.
  • De-burr parts.
  • Requires accurate counts and meeting production standards.
  • Verifies cycle times, keeps work area clean and in order, follows all company safety procedures and guidelines.
  • May load work programs, take offsets, find zero.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Prefer Five (5) years machining experience, or equivalent apprenticeship or Workforce training.  

Necessary Skills and Qualifications_:_

  • Requires general knowledge of machining techniques and methods, along with setting up and operating machines effectively and the ability to receive and execute instructions.
  • Must be able to interpret engineering part drawings, use precision measuring equipment, and follow process sheets and demonstrate all safety precautions for operating named equipment.

Work Environment:

  • The employee will normally work in a production floor environment, with regular exposure to loud noises, heat/humidity and dust or vapors with occasional exposure to cold temperatures.
  • The employee will be regularly be required to stand, walk, handle materials, reach outward and upward, climb, bend, and lift up to 20 lbs frequently and up to 50 lbs occasionally. 

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.