Aerospace Plating Operator (Trainee) – 2nd or 3rd Shift job vacancy in Hytek Finishes (Kent, WA 98032)

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Company name : Hytek Finishes
Location : Kent, WA 98032
Position : Aerospace Plating Operator (Trainee) – 2nd or 3rd Shift

Description :
Plating Operator

Job Overview

Title: :Plating Operator

Reports to: Production Managers (Value Stream or Shift)

Location: Kent, WA

Type: :Full Time, Non-Exempt (hourly)

Schedule: :2nd or 3rd Shift; Train on 1st or 2nd Shift for 3 – 6 months.

Hytek production is open 24 hours per day. All shifts are as follows: 1st shift (Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.), 2nd shift (Monday – Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.), 3rd shift (Sunday – Friday, 10:00 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.)

Job Summary
This is a Plating Operator trainee position in our Plating department which includes Cadmium, Chromium, Zinc Nickle, Passivate, and Titanium-Cadmium. Employees in this position will learn tasks in order to process parts through the different areas of Plating to become a proficient Plating Operator. Plating Operators may be required to join the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program*. The Plating Operators perform operations in accordance with Military and OEM specifications.

FAA DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program requires an initial drug test including a screen for THC, subject to quarterly Drug & BAT testing.


Work closely with experienced Operators and Department Leads to complete work and prioritize tasks.

Follow technique card, customer Purchase Orders, and instructions from experienced Operators and Department Leads; legibly sign off on work once completed and Operator Self Verification inspection has occurred.

General review of paperwork and Operator Self Verification inspection of job to ensure all previous operations were completed. Notify supervisor and Quality Assurance if any errors.

Prepare parts prior to operations including mechanical or chemical cleaning; use proper tooling and fixtures, when applicable.

Knowledge of pre and post cleaning surface finish requirements.

Familiar with Quality Assurance requirements & rework procedures.

Familiar with engineering drawing notations.

Follow safety precautions to avoid preventable injury to self and other personnel.

Develop new product processing and identify areas for improvement.

Actively participate in continuous improvement activities to drive positive change in productivity, delivery, and service.

Other duties as assigned.


Ability to pass a pre-employment and annual physical Cadmium/Chromium exam and spirometry exam; ability to wear a respirator.

May need to participate in annual Hearing Conservation testing and Eye Exams.

Ability to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, including safety glasses, goggles or face shields, aprons, boots, gloves, and other PPE based upon requirements in working area.

Demonstrated ability to train and positively influence others.

Must be a self-starter, able to work both independently, as a team, and with customers (both internally and externally).

Excellent accuracy with a strong attention to detail.

Ability to solve tactical and strategic problems and issues arising in this position.

Ability to learn and use Lean Tools and techniques to solve tactical and strategic problems and issues arising in this position.

Must have a regular and dependable attendance record.

Ability to Read/Write/Communicate in English and calculate basic math formulas.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. An export license will be required to work in all areas of the facility.

Education/Previous Experience Requirements

1-2 years in manufacturing environment a plus.

Essential Mental/Physical Demands

Ability to lift occasionally: (floor to knee) 114 lbs., (waist to waist) 63 lbs., (floor, knee, to waist) 75 lbs., (waist to shoulder) 30 lbs.

Ability to carry 63 lbs. occasionally

Ability to push/pull 59 lbs. occasionally

Ability to stand and walk frequently

Ability to sit occasionally

Ability to reach from the shoulder and overhead occasionally and from the waist frequently

Ability to bend, stoop, squat, crouch, kneel, crawl occasionally

Ability to climb stairs and ladders occasionally

Ability to push/pull frequently

Ability to pivot, twist, pinch occasionally

Ability to grasp frequently

Ability to see/hear/feel constantly – hearing protection may be required when working in the area

Occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and fumes from metal finishing chemicals. Temperatures in the work environment can fluctuate with outside weather conditions. Due to the manufacturing environment, Personal Protection Equipment is required including safety glasses, goggles, aprons, rubber boots, gloves, and respirator (provided by Company). Due to current COVID precautions, face masks are required.

Application Process
Please apply at with an up-to-date resume and your current contact information. If you are a qualified candidate, we will set you up with a 30-minute phone call with a recruiter to learn more about your experience and to tell you more about the job, compensation, and benefits. The recruiter will reach out should we move forward with the next steps.

Hytek Finishes is an equal opportunity employer. It is Hytek’s policy to make all employment decisions without regard to an individual’s sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding, and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race (including traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks and twists), creed, religion (including religious dress and grooming), color, national origin, ancestry (including association, affiliation, or participation with persons or activities related to national origin, English-proficiency or accent or immigration status), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital or domestic partner status, age, veteran or military status, and any other categories protected by applicable state, local, or federal law. M/F/Disability/Protected Vet.

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