Fruit of the Loom

Laser Operator

Job Locations US-IA-Jefferson
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

American Athletic, Inc is a major sports equipment manufacturing company located in Jefferson, Iowa. We are owned by Spalding; a division of Fruit of the Loom, an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., & leading international basic apparel company.


We currently have an opening for a Laser Operator. This position is responsible for operating a Class 4 Fiber Tube Laser to fabricate material per written instructions, schedules, and drawings to meet production demand. 


AAI is the official equipment supplier to USA Gymnastics®, NCAA® Gymnastics Championships, the YMCA® National Championships, the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational, and the Bart Connor Invitational. AAI is also an official supporter of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Spalding has been the official backboard of the NCAA Final Four Championships since 2009 and is one of the most well-known brands in the industry.

Specific Responsibilities

Process cut work orders on tube laser to meet demand.

  • Read and interpret work orders, including prints, bills of material and routings.
  • Set up nested files to save material and minimize waste.
  • Change tooling such as nozzles, ceramics, lenses, etc.
  • Load / unload materials
  • Monitor machine operations.
  • Inspect materials and finished product to identify material defects and machine malfunctions. Effectively communicate defects and malfunctions to engineering and maintenance personnel

Perform machine diagnostics and scheduled operator maintenance functions. Perform calibration and related machine adjustments to ensure safe and efficient operations. Keep machine and work area clean. 


Operate saws, drills, grinders, and other tooling to complete required tasks per work orders.  Includes removing burrs, sharp edges, rust or scale from materials.


Accurately report labor performed daily and within reasonable standard set for parts produced.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Ability to effectively read and interpret engineering drawings and production work instructions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information on a one-on-one basis.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide various units of measure.
  • Must pass pre-employment skills testing.

Minimum Job Experience Required

  • One to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


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