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Universal Alloy Corporation · Ball Ground Vertical Heat Treat Operator - 1st Shift (Full-time)

199 Howell Bridge Rd, Ball Ground, GA 30107

Position description: 

$20.00/hr Starting; $22.11/hr After Completion of Level 1 (Around 90 Days)

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Company Overview

Universal Alloy Corporation (UAC) is a global leader in the manufacture of aerospace products. UAC supplies aircraft manufacturers and their subcontractors worldwide and has served the aircraft industry for over four decades. UAC specializes in 2000- and 7000-series alloys and offers a full range of alloys and tempers that can be tailored to a customer’s particular application.

If you are looking to work for a company with an outstanding reputation in the community and globally that offers competitive pay, opportunities for advancement, paid time off, excellent benefits including healthcare, dental, vision, 401(k) company match, and profit sharing, we welcome you to apply today!

What makes us STAND OUT

  • Medical/Dental/Vision – excellent plans with low premiums Life insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability insurance – employer paid
  • 401(k) employer match $1 for $1 up to the first 6% Profit sharing PTO/paid vacation
  • 40 hours of anticipated leave per year
  • Bereavement leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid lunch and break periods
  • Uniform services – employer paid
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Discretionary bonuses
  • Employee rewards & recognition
  • Volunteer PTO
  • Wellness programs
  • EAP and onsite services
  • 1:1 financial wellness sessions and education Tuition reimbursement Professional development Opportunities to advance Your safety is our #1 priority

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Exercise and promote safety
  • Operate overhead cranes
  • Operate PLC screens to send recipes
  • Build loads for up-ender
  • Know the capacity for all hooks and shackles on heat treat heads
  • Operate forklifts
  • Handle and store chemicals properly
  • Ensure loads are loaded into VHT furnaces properly
  • Document time, temperature and weight of loads
  • Operate vertical heat-treat tower
  • Understand lift/tower, furnace/oven and quench/rinse
  • Able to identify defects and what they look like
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Education: HS diploma or GED

Minimum Experience: Ideally 6 months’ experience at UAC; experience in operating forklifts; working knowledge of computer programs for entering data; excellent organizational skills

Certifications Required: Crane certification; Fall protection certification; Forklift certification; Lock-out/tag-out certification; Pallet jack certification; Pyrometry certification (certifications completed during new hire orientation) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Communication Skills: Must speak, read and write English Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions and decimals

Reasoning Skills: Good reasoning and decision-making skills; ability to carry out instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form; ability to learn how to operate complex machinery; able to coordinate and accomplish a variety of tasks simultaneously

Physical Abilities: Required to stand 100% of the time; regularly required to reach with hands and arms; must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at any time; must have adequate physical strength to load and unload up-ender; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Working Conditions:

Schedule: 1st shift


All UAC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries. Employee must understand the PPE and wear it properly.

Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation

UAC is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. UAC is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact the Human Resources department at 770-479-7230.

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