Matthews International


The Master - Finishing Operator performs difficult or complex functions at a high-level under the finishing area, which includes: belting, chasing, clear coating, drilling & tapping, sandblast operator, polisher operator, oxidation, packing & shipping, and painting. This role acts as a lead amongst the Finishing team, providing leadership and guidance and coaching team members on techniques. This position works to assure accuracy and quality control and promotes the flow of materials necessary to production.


  • Leads, trains and assists peers in finishing department based on knowledge and expertise.
  • Determines required finish operation based upon production order and ticket; provides recommendations or suggestions on finish operation to perform for best results.
  • Performs finish process that meet quality standards of operation; reviews and trains staff on standards of operation.
  • Transfers product to and from work station.
  • Ensures product transferred is finished properly and meets all product specifications.
  • Reports quality and production concerns and issues to Supervisor.
  • Belting: belting AIB, VA memorials, and regular memorials, changing belts as necessary and end of shift procedure.
  • Chasing: examining castings and determining what needs chased, pounding down welds, filling small holes with shot, chasing the surface, letters, ribbons, emblems, vase holes edges, and ornamentation, using the appropriate tools.
  • Clear Coating: performing clear coating operations, operating the clear booth controls, purging the paint gun, and end of shift procedures.
  • Drilling and Tapping: drilling and tapping of markers.
  • General Cleaning: operating the sand blaster and the hand blaster.
  • Hand Polishing: performing hand polishing, using air tools, and end of shift procedures.
  • Oxidation: preparing castings for oxidation, performing oxidation, performing basic oxidation techniques, and end of shift procedures.
  • Oxidation: preparing castings for oxidation, performing oxidation, performing basic oxidation techniques, and end of shift procedures.
  • Packing & Shipping: performing the final quality inspection of castings, then packing and shipping them.
  • Painting: operating the sand blaster and the hand blaster.
  • Handfinishing: working with the aid of a microscope, engraving and sharpening rotary dies and inspecting parts for incoming and outgoing quality control.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Company Name
Matthews International
Kingwood, WV


  • Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school.
  • 4+ years of previous finishing experience preferred.
  • Basic degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Basic analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • Basic verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
  • Basic understanding and application of mathematical concepts.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and management.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.
  • Possess a mechanical aptitude; ability to use a large variety of hand tools and basic knowledge of power tools, forklifts, welding equipment, and cutting torch.
  • Ability to work overtime as necessary.

Physical Aspects / Work Environment

  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk, hear and see.
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, extreme cold & heat, risk of electrical shock, and toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • The noise level in the work environment may be high.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
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