SMT Machine Operator

Costa Mesa, CA | Full time

Job ID: SMT Machine Operator [SA] Industry: Electronics Manufacturer Pay Rate: $15-$17 per hour

Helpmates Staffing Services is looking for SMT Machine Operators in Costa Mesa, CA for a company who is a globally recognized leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio/video system solutions.


Open to anyone with SMT/AOI operator experience to some programming experience. Must be able to multi-task, is self-motivated and willing to learn new and different processes. Must be able to work well in a team environment and will be responsible for multiple duties on the SMT line.

Nature of Work:

  • Setup and operate pick and place machines and working knowledge of Panasonic SMT equipment a plus
  • Follow standard manufacturing documents and maintain build specific notes
  • Identify and troubleshoot basic print and placement defects (ex. Polarity’s)
  • Identify standard component packages and identify proper feeder sizes
  • Occasionally hand place parts, mostly large connectors but hand placing small chips not uncommon
  • Perform simple preventative maintenance tasks on SMT equipment
  • Eventually, step through programs, verify polarities, and possible light programming (will train)


  • 2+ years of SMT/AOI operator experience preferred
  • Very good base knowledge of the entire SMT assembly process including printing, placement, reflow, cleaning, inspection, and troubleshooting
  • Ability to read BOM’s, assembly drawing, etc.
  • Have a basic component package understanding
  • Working knowledge of Panasonic SMT equipment a plus
  • Ability to setup ally types of feeders based on SMT set up sheet
  • Ability to operate equipment in a fast paced electromechanical production environment
  • Good communication and analytical skills
  • Computer literate
  • Must be able to work 5:50 am – 2:30 pm
  • Must be able to work overtime and Saturdays on occasion
  • Pay rate is $15-$17 per hour Depending on Experience
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