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Automotive Machinist

Automotive Machinist

Job Description

Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc. (APH) is a privately held automotive aftermarket parts distributor serving more than 140 Auto Value parts stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Dakota. APH was formed in 1920 under the name  National Bushing and Parts Company and it's stores operate under the Auto Value Banner. Today, this third generation family owned business currently has over 85 corporately owned Auto Value stores and services over 36 independents.

APH’s commitment to training and development earned the AAIA’s 2012 Head of the Class Award. In addition to outstanding training, teammates and atmosphere, APH offers growth potential. Today, with its network of company stores and independent store customers, APH is consistently ranked in the Aftermarket Business' top 15 Auto Parts Store Chains.

APH is an equal opportunity employer.  Our success and rapid growth provide many unique career opportunities in an environment where you can grow.  We encourage open communication, and value the contribution of new ideas from every employee. 

Job Summary: The automotive machinist is responsible for completing work requested by customers in a timely and cost effective manner and to the specification given by the customer. The automotive machinist may also perform miscellaneous duties as requested by the machine shop manager or store manager.



Automotive Machining

  • An automotive machinist is responsible for reconditioning various parts such as heads and connecting rods, assisting with or performing crank, valve and flywheel grinding and the installation of valve seats, helicoils, sleeves and valve guides as requested by the customer.
  • An automotive machinist operates various other shop machines as needed such as drills, lathes, mills and other shop had tools.
  •  An automotive machinist also performs miscellaneous shop tasks such as hydraulic hose repairs as requested.


Be part of the team

  • An automotive machinist is part of the store and APH team and, therefore, assists other team members as needed. 
  • An automotive machinist works with other store team members towards the successful operation of the store and completions of store sales quotas and goals.


Be a professional

  • An automotive machinist represents Auto Value and the APH team in a professional and positive manner.  
  • An automotive machinist’s appearance is professional and meets our customers’ expectations and the APH employee handbook. 
  • An automotive machinist participates in internal and external training programs to learn more about our company, our processes and practices.  
  • An automotive machinist maintains a calm, positive demeanor when working with employees and customers.
  •  If An automotive machinist is unable to address a customer’s concerns/complaints to the customer’s satisfaction, they involve the machine shop manager, store manager, regional manager or store operations manager.


Meet expectations

  • An automotive machinist will be measured against the standards set for interaction with customers and co-workers, ability to follow company procedures, as well as the ability to complete work requested by customers in a timely and cost effective manner and to the specification given by the customer.

Job Requirements


  • Minimum of one year of post secondary technical training in Automotive Machining.
  • Minimum of 2 years of automotive machining experience.
  • Average verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively work with individuals at all levels including management, customers, vendors and co-workers.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Familiar with store and shop operating procedures.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

Mental Requirements:
An automotive machinist is subject to various mental competencies including judgment, problem solving, planning, organization, attention to detail, accuracy and stress tolerance.

Physical Requirements:

  • An automotive machinist is continuously standing or walking.  
  • An automotive machinist experiences occasional to frequent bending, including prolonged bending, squatting, stooping and kneeling.
  • An automotive machinist occasionally to frequently lifts up to 75 lbs (100 lbs rarely) from ground to waist level and occasionally carries materials up to 75 lbs at waist level. An automotive machinist also occasionally experiences the need to lift materials up to 50 lbs from ground to crown level (rarely up to 70 lbs).
  • An automotive machinist will experience an occasional to frequent need for pushing/pulling movements with up to 50-75lbs of force.
  • An automotive machinist experiences a frequent to continuous need for repetitive light to forceful manipulating/grasping of parts or tools as well as a frequent to continuous need for dynamic balance around variable flooring surfaces, ladders or platforms

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Automotive, Retail, Skilled Labor - Trades
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Automotive - Motor Vehicles - Parts, Retail
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 45 Machinist
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Automotive Machinist

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