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Artisan Shop Technician (Product Development)

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Service  |  ID: REQ-14017


The GEA Way

At GE Appliances, a Haier company, we come together to make “good things, for life.”  As the fastest-growing appliance company in the U.S., we’re powered by creators, thinkers and makers who believe that anything is possible and that there’s always a better way.  We believe in the power of our people and in giving them the freedom to explore, discover and build good things, together.  

The GEA Way philosophy, backed by three simple commitments defines the way we work, invent, create, do business, and serve our communities: we come togetherwe always look for a better way, and we create possibilities

Interested in joining us on our journey? 

FirstBuild is looking for a Product Technician to join our team! As a technician, you will work alongside an energized, multidisciplinary team based in Louisville, KY, whose goal is to develop and co-create new products with a community and make them into scalable goods. This position supports the product development team with all aspects of the product development cycle, including building product prototypes and finished products. You will serve as the technician responsible for the operation, maintenance, and servicing of prototype machinery. If you love taking a creative and entrepreneurial approach to product development, manufacturing, and problem solving, we’d love to have you!

To learn more about our FirstBuild Team, check out our YouTube page! https://www.youtube.com/c/Firstbuild/featured


Artisan Shop Technician (Product Development)


USA, Louisville, KY

How You'll Create Possibilities

  • Read and interpret sketches, drawings, and 3D models
  • Produce sketches and drawings of ideas and concepts
  • Construct prototype models from wood, plastic, metal, and glass using hand tools
  • Fabricate parts to specification prints using various machine tools and fabrication equipment
  • Assemble components into assemblies, verifying fit and function
  • Fabricate fixtures, tables and assemblies as required to support build activity
  • Work directly with the product development and production team members to find creative solutions to fabrication needs
  • Manage rapid prototyping machinery
  • Maintain a safe and orderly workshop

What You'll Bring to Our Team

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma, GED or technical degree
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience in a similar role
  • 4-5 years of experience using CAD / CAM software & CNC machining (HAAS Lathe, Mill, multi-axis)
  • Fusion 360, Solidworks, Onshape or other CAD system proficiency
  • Must have and maintain a valid state driver's license
  • Willing to operate in a team environment
  • General computer knowledge of Microsoft programs
  • Self-starter/Self-directed
  • Strong problem-solving skills, attention to detail and proven creativity
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Comfortable participating in social media and video production activities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate's Degree in a technical or related field of study
  • Industrial maintenance proficiency and/or background
  • Woodworking, metal working and general fabrication skills
  • Rapid prototyping knowledge, including use of water jet, laser cutter, CNC machining, press brake
  • ShopBot experience
  • One of the following industry certifications:
    • Welding
    • Machinist
    • Carpentry
    • Electronics
    • Sheet Metal
  • Comfortable in a collaborative environment that is also open to the community


Our Culture

At GE Appliances, creativity meets passion and conversations lead to exceptional outcomes and experiences.  We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that everyone brings to GE Appliances. We believe a diverse workplace, where everyone is included and people can be their true and authentic selves, fosters creativity and innovation. We know our differences are our greatest strength. The very best innovations across every function of a company come from diverse teams. Our commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone is valued allows employees to perform at their best, every day. Diversity at GE Appliances helps us achieve zero distance to our owners, innovate smartly and connect to the communities and customers we serve. We encourage and support the ideas, aspirations, and the wellbeing of everyone - our employees and our communities

GE Appliances is a trust-based organization. It is important we offer our employees the flexibility they need to do their best work while balancing the needs of the business and individuals. When you join GEA, you will have the opportunity to work with your leader to create a flexible work arrangement that balances the needs of the individual, team, and organization.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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