Sewing Machine Mechanic

Other Skilled and Trades Non-Profit and Social Services Automotive/Mechanics

Sewing Machine Mechanic

The rate is hourly - $14.00 - $17.00, based on experience

Job Description

Northeastern Association of the Blind At Albany (NABA) operates a full-time, fully integrated manufacturing department that provides employment opportunities and produces high quality products. Our manufacturing department provides a wide range of employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals working side-by-side with sighted employees. Some of NABA’s products include traffic safety vests, neck tabs for women’s military uniforms, coveralls, safety flags, cable ties, and green cleaning products. Some of NABA’s largest customers include the Navy, Army, Marines, New York City Transit Authority, New York State Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Metro North Railroad, and the Long Island Railroad.


The Sewing Machine Mechanic will maintain the day-to-day function, operation, and maintenance of the production machinery used across our manufacturing process, including sewing machines, heat press machines, automated machines, and cutting equipment. Our mechanic’s goal is to configure machines for optimal production and ensure that they’re in working order to minimize down time and the transition time between product lines. This position will also receive on-the-job training on our cloth cutter and will act as the “back-up” in this position.

Essential Duties:

· Adjusts machinery as needed to support quality and production goals.

· Conducts daily preventative maintenance and repair program (working within our ISO9001 requirements) to reduce machine downtime.

· Ensures a safety-first culture and helps implement and ensure safety procedures are used throughout production facility with said equipment.

· Perform equipment and fixture set up and programming on sewing machines in connection with the start of production runs on various products; support work stations for both sighted and visually impaired associates.

· Make equipment adjustments (timing, feed, feed dog, etc.) and repair sewing machines and related equipment as necessary to address machine failures as well as quality and production issues.

· Perform equipment installation and set-up for new and or refurbished equipment

· Work effectively and in a timely fashion with production supervisors and associates to achieve production goals

· Other duties and tasks as needed to support production, quality, and safety goals.

· Reacts with flexibility to change in production or department plans, and handles other essential tasks as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

· High School Diploma/GED

· Experience in set up, maintenance, and repair of industrial sewing machines required

· Critical thinking skills

· Desire to learn and ability to work in a diverse team environment required

If interested in this position, please contact Harry Weatherwax, Director of Manufacturing at

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