Current Opportunity

CNC Operator

Full-time

Location: Kalamazoo, MI

Salary : $23/hour

About us: Sterling Industries is a North American based contract manufacturer and assembler of medical devices and sub-components. We help clients deliver successful products by providing scaled production, design-for-manufacturing expertise, supplier consolidation and other critical value chain services.

About the role: We are seeking a CNC Operator to join our team, reporting to the Operations Manager. This role will support production in repair of metalworking dies, jigs, gauges, and cutting tools, applying knowledge of machining and tool and die construction. Assisting with continuous improvement, activities, and projects through defined phases while adhering to establish timelines.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Read blueprint or job order for product specifications, such as dimensions and tolerances, and tooling instructions, such as feed rate, cutting speed, depth of cut, fixture, and cutting tools to be used.
  • Install and adjust holding device, and fastens specified cutting and shaping tools in position to enable operator to produce finished work piece to specifications, using hand tools, such as wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers.
  • Select and set speed and feed of machine according to type of operation and specified material and finish.
  • Start machine to obtain first-run work piece and verifies dimensional tolerances, using micrometers, gauges, and templates.
  • Change worn cutting tools and adjusts operation of machine, such as cutting speed, feed rate, or depth of cut, when required.
  • Contribute to the systems analysis, design, redesign, and reengineering of processes, systems, procedures, and operational changes to increase efficiency, safety, and effectiveness.
  • Identify, develop, and execute or implements long-term and short-term continuous improvement strategies, working closely with production to increase capacity, reduce lead times, improve delivery upon request, and improve product quality and engineering.
  • Plan, lead, define, develop, review, and audit strategic activities for continuous improvement initiatives while following and helping established standards across the company.
  • Develop and track metrics related to improvement activities; and promote standard processes, improved flow, waste elimination, and support management for daily improvement activities.
  • Provide assistance to production personnel, and assures that facility improvement initiatives support corporate strategy and goals.
  • Facilitates training and development, working directly with the Operations Manager, and engineering to assess, prioritize, and implement continuous improvement activities.
  • Implement CI in the CNC department Make vs Buy
  • Assist and liaise with Engineering department regarding technical issues in CNC/tool room
  • Responsible for Tool design, repair and liaison with Tool Suppliers
  • Assist in quoting process with respect to injection molding and CNC
  • General maintenance of equipment (CNC, injection molders) and building fixtures
  • Other duties as determined by the manager.

Position Requirements:

  • Post-Secondary Education of relevant background
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to multi-task and gather information with different departments and external parties efficiently and effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to trouble shoot and problem solve.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

J. Sterling Industries is an equal opportunity employer. If you require an accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Apply Now
Dale Morgan, Director of Global Quality at Sterling Industries

Dale Morgan

Director of Global Quality

Dale is our Director of Global Quality. He brings a career’s worth of experience and leadership in Medical Devices, with deep expertise in quality management systems, regulatory submissions, quality engineering, and more.  Dale has worked with both established medical device OEMs and start-ups, as well as product certification and audit organizations. A licensed professional biomedical engineer, Dale is also certified as an ISO 13485 auditor/MDSAP.

Tim Doyle | Quality Manager, U.S. Operations

Tim Doyle

Quality Manager, U.S. Operations

As Quality Manager of our U.S. Operations, Tim brings over 30 years of experience in computer-aided surgical devices, electromechanical devices, metal fabrication and assembly processes, including clean room assembly and packaging for sterilization. He has extensive international experience, partnering on quality and supplier development projects. Tim holds the ASQ CQE designation. He also proudly served 7 years in the United States Air Force.

Patrick Tam | Quality Manager, Canadian Operations

Patrick Tam

Quality Manager, Canadian Operations​

Patrick serves as Sterling’s Quality Manager, bringing over 20 years of Quality Systems Management experience in the Medical Device and Pharma industries. He leads our Quality Management proactive, bringing a tactical and strategic focus to ensure consistent, repeatable quality for our clients. Prior to joining Sterling, Patrick served as Quality System Manager at Integra LifeSciences where he was responsible for maintaining Quality in their Canadian operations.

Jeff Kiel | Manager, Engineered Solutions

Jeff Kiel

Director of Engineered Solutions

Jeff serves as Director of Engineered Solutions. He works closely with clients to evolve and refine their Medical Device designs — sometimes from the idea stage — through to a fully-optimized, scaleable, ready-to-ship product. He uses his engineering and technical expertise to design our production processes. Prior to joining Sterling, Jeff worked with Toyota in their Prototype Weld Group.

Libni Cano is our Toronto operations’ Regulatory and Quality Manager, responsible for quality and regulatory.

Libni Cano

Regulatory and Quality Systems Manager​

Libni serves as Regulatory and Quality Manager for Sterling’s Canadian sites, responsible for both quality and regulatory compliance. She has over 14 years of experience in medical device quality management systems, with expertise in FDA and Health Canada regulations as well as electronic QMS implementation. Libni is a BSI-certified Lead Auditor for ISO 13485:2016.; she is also ASQ certified with CQE and CMQ designations, and holds a BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Ronitt is our Director of Business Development with 25 years of experience, and is responsible for Sterling Industries' global business development.

Ronitt Katz

Director of Business Development

Ronitt serves as Sterling’s Director of Business Development, bringing 25 years of experience. She has an extensive background in the tech industry, having worked for IBM, TIBCO and several software companies, from startups to industry leaders. Within the Medtech space, She has vast experience in partnering with Fortune 100 organizations, early stage startups, and everything in between.

Jojo Wang is our Engineering Manager, responsible for leading our Sterling Engineering Team.

Jojo Wang

Director of Engineering

As Director of Engineering, Jojo is responsible for leading the Engineering Team. She brings a wealth of experience in Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, and Product Development, and expertise in designing manufacturing solutions and driving business improvements. Prior to joining Sterling, Jojo served as a process engineering leader for Boston Scientific, focused on electrophysiology solutions. She holds a BSc in Mechatronic Engineering & Automation, and a Masters in Engineering Management.

Lilian So is the Director of Finance here at Sterling Industries.

Lilian Soo

Director of Finance & HR

Lilian is the Director of Finance & HR at Sterling. She is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of progressive experience in Finance, and a talented CPA/CGA who unites operations with finance continuously improving company performance. She has extensive experience with fast paced environment, driving innovations and process improvements to help drive positive changes and optimize profitability.

John Pleskina is the Director of Global Operations for all our facilities, responsible for manufacturing operations.

John Pleskina

Director of Global Operations

John is the Director of Global Operations for Sterling, responsible for manufacturing operations. John has over 25 years manufacturing experience in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as VP of Manufacturing at Southmedic Inc.  Previously, John was Director of Operations for Scapa Healthcare where he was responsible for the effective operation of sites in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  A graduate of the University of Waterloo, John served over 14 years with the Royal Canadian Navy.

David Van Slingerland, CEO of Sterling Industries

David Van Slingerland

CEO

David assumed the role of CEO in 2007 and has led Sterling Industries through transformative growth. He brings over 30 years of executive experience, with deep expertise in change management and growing organizations through innovative technology and human capital. At Sterling, he has introduced an agile manufacturing model, built an industry-savvy leadership team, and is responsible for driving customer-focused end-to-end solutions. Prior to Sterling Industries, David held a variety of executive positions with Manulife Financial and Shoppers Drug Mart.