Laser Machine Programmer


Working within the Operations team and reporting to the Director of Production, the Laser Machine Programmer is responsible to program and our newly acquired laser machines. He/She is responsible to guaranty a high level of precision and quality and be an actor of continuous improvement.


  • Sorts shop orders into groups according to compatibility factors, such as quantity, shape of parts, type, size, alloy and gauge of material;
  • Reads and understands Bills of Materials to select parts that must be cut;
  • Reviews shop orders to determine job specifications and nesting requirements;
  • Operates computer to lay out graphic display of parts to be machined in optimum arrangement and generates control media for laser cutting machines;
  • Creates layouts with proper machine travel to ensure most efficiency travel pattern, material utilization and reduction in setup time;
  • Efficiently operates nesting software to meet the demands of material savings objectives and Production on time deliveries;
  • Creates laser files for newly released parts and maintains revision control for legacy laser files;
  • Interacts with operators to resolve technical difficulties faced by laser processes when it pertains to nesting material issues on the lasers;
  • Addresses and assists to resolve quality issues faced by laser processes, especially during new product introduction (NPI) launches;
  • Regularly strives to improve nesting material efficiency, production on-time deliveries, integrity of laser files, laser machine cutting efficiency;
  • Follows and adheres to prescribed safety regulations and procedures when in the shop environment;
  • Monitors forecasted loads for laser and works with Production planning to level variances in production workloads;
  • Must be capable of assisting production laser operators on overcoming issues with cut quality, cut speed optimization, and general optimization of material flow through all laser processes;
  • Monitoring quality of own work and report to supervisor defective material, unusual conditions or operating difficulties;

Skills and competencies

  • Solid understanding of metal fabrication concepts and processes;
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience in Laser machine programming;
  • Good knowledge of Solidworks;
  • Trumpf experience an asset;
  • Must be able to read blueprints;
  • Must have attention to detail;
  • Must be able to navigate in a Windows based computer environment;
  • Understand basic tool functions;
  • Ability to maintain organization;
  • Hand eye coordination;
  • Good communication verbally and in writing with co-workers, supervisors and others in a collaborative team environment;
  • Good math skills: able to add, subtract, multiply and divide as well as work with fractions, decimals and percentages;
  • Ability to follow moderately complex instructions and directions. Requires the ability to decide on a course or sequence of actions;
  • Ability to learn new processes as required.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in Vortex, however please note that only applicants being considered for the position will be contacted.