The Thermal Spray Operator applies thermal spray coatings to parts in accordance with customer or CTS specification, following process planning. The Thermal Sprayer must be certified for the type of thermal spray process he/she is performing. He/she may also perform support operations that may include any, some, or all of the support tasks such as Mask/Deburr, Grit Blast/Glass Bead, Cleanup/Unmask, Ship/Receive, Inspect, Part Marking; a Thermal Sprayer must also hold Support Operator approvals if performing these operations. The Thermal Spray Work Leader has a secondary function description that forms a part of this primary job description
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Essential Duties and Responsibilities common to all Thermal Sprayers include the following. See applicable function description for additional items.
- Obtains CTS certifications for one or more of the following types of thermal spray – certification for each type must be obtained separately:
- Combustion – applies powder, wire, or ceramic rods using oxy-acetylene gas process
- Plasma – applies powders using nitrogen or argon primary gases and hydrogen or helium secondary gases electrically charged to a plasma state
- Hyper velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) – applies powders using high velocity combustion using oxygen and a fuel such as hydrogen, propylene, or kerosene
- Electric arc - applies wire materials, uses electricity
- Obtains CTS-approved materials and fixtures for application to product, verifying that the materials match process planning requirements without contradiction.
- Sets up the booth and spray equipment in accordance with process planning without deviation, or verifies that booth and spray equipment already set up complies with process planning.
- Prepares and coats required test coupons in the same manner as the parts they represent in accordance with process planning; ensures that test coupons are delivered to the lab or inspection and are traceable to the job.
- Applies the required coating materials to parts in accordance with process planning.
- Operates automation equipment with some capability for minor adjustments to programs.
- Operates spray and manipulation equipment in a careful and safe manner in accordance with all CTS, local, state, and federal safety policies.
- Ensures that all required paperwork is completed and that all required data is recorded.
- Performs basic preventive maintenance on spray and material feed equipment, ensuring the consumable equipment parts are replaced as needed and that no water or gas leaks exist prior to and during the spray process.
- Verifies that all equipment used to measure or monitor processes is within calibration frequency and in good working order.
- May be asked to help provide on the job training for less experienced operators.
- Knows, understands, and complies with all company safety, environmental and housekeeping policies, including maintaining a neat and orderly work area.
- Informs supervisors and/or managers of production problems.
- Follows work instructions from applicable process planning (technical plans, drawings, planning, or procedures) with the understanding that no work instruction is to be violated in any way.
- Is responsible for the proper handling and maintenance of equipment and tools.
- Is responsible for promoting good morale and working well with his/her fellow workers and management.
- Works productively to meet or exceed established production standards while being aware of costs of supplies, equipment, and poor quality.
- Supports Operator Acceptance Program (OAP) initiatives.
- Inspects the part to verify all characteristics for which he/she is responsible before signing the router and forwarding to subsequent operations or shipment.
- Proposes improvements and solutions to problems observed.
- Performs other tasks as assigned.
- To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
- Handling export controlled technology and/or technical data while performing duties within this position are subject to the laws of the United States (including but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations ('EAR’) and/or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ('ITAR’) and the Company's export control procedures. The access to such technology/technical data to anyone other than a U.S. Person* could affect the applicant’s scope of employment and may require authorization from the U.S. Government. Therefore, additional information in this regard may be required from applicants for this position.
*Pursuant to the EAR and the ITAR, a U.S. Person includes any individual who is granted U.S. citizenship, any individual who is granted U.S. permanent residence (i.e., a 'green card' holder), or any individual who is granted political asylum or other protected status under applicable law.
The competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Teamwork (supports work teams)
Customer Focus (internal and external)
Productivity (including Dependability, Initiative)
- Technical Documents
Education, Experience, Other Skills
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
- Mathematical Skills - Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
- Ability to make accurate measurements using various gauges and tools including micrometers, calipers, vernier scales, eddy current/magnetic induction, rules, and protractors.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to standard manufacturing shop environmental conditions. Eye protection is required in shop areas. The noise level in the shop can be loud, and ear protection is to be used where required. Other personal protective equipment may be required as appropriate.
The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: sit, handle, feel and control items or equipment, talk, hear, see, and be able to read, write, and interpret written documents. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, which is regularly required to view computer screen. Occasionally may need to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.