Our Mission: Enabling Technology
Our Vision: To Be Our Customers'
What We Do
As a leading global provider of high-quality vacuum products and systems, along with an established tradition of service and attention to detail, the Kurt J. Lesker Company® (KJLC®) has built a reputation for "Enabling Technology for a Better World".
The common attribute across the entire company is the relentless and tireless pursuit of quality and customer satisfaction, both in the vacuum products and the services we provide worldwide. KJLC takes this responsibility seriously, working at all levels to ensure high quality performance in all our products.
It would take quite a long time to give you all the information about the company, we wouldn't even know where to start. So we've decided to break it down and give you the biggest and best bits.
Enabling Technology for a Better World since 1954
We continue to grow year after year and employ over 350 employees
KJLC is a global organization with offices in USA, Europe, & Asia
We manufacture and distribute to a range of customers worldwide
"Kurt J. Lesker Company is not just a place to work, it is a lifestyle." – Joe DeMaio, Inside Sales Manager. The foundation of our culture is our Mission, Vision and Values. These guiding principles, along with a diverse, skilled workforce create a unique culture at the Kurt J. Lesker Company. Being a privately held business means we can invest for the long term, in our people and our operations A competitive but stable work environment that consists of cooperation, trust and respect between all levels of staff, which is crucial in helping people grow personally and professionally.
If you are looking to be an integral part of our team and want to begin a career path that will provide you with a challenging and rewarding experience, then the Kurt J. Lesker Company could be the right fit for you. After joining our team, you will quickly learn that you are part of a very diverse, cultured and skilled group of people; and a key member of a special company that has a unique way of doing things.
"We will train and guide you, but it's up to you and your creativity to help drive us forward."
– Kurt J. Lesker III
Years of Service: 13
Beginning Title: CNC Lathe Machinist
Title: CNC Supervisor
Started off as an apprentice machinist in the CNC Lathe area learning 1 machine at a time until I was running all 3 machines by myself on 3rd shift. I then moved to the CNC Milling Area where I completed the apprenticeship program and received my Journeyman’s papers eventually being promoted to CNC Programmer and I am now currently the CNC Supervisor.
Years of Service: 6
Beginning Title: Service Assistant
Title: European Quality Assurance Coordinator
I began my career at KJLC within the Service Department helping to resolve customer enquiries including resolving problems, maintaining and upgrading existing systems, and general administration for all our customers in Europe. This involved occasionally travelling for technical training or to visit our customers on site. Recently I have moved in the Quality Department where I am now involved with vendor qualifications, both vendor and on site auditing, corrective actions, calibration, inspection and much more.
Years of Service: 9
Beginning Title: Mechanical Engineering Intern
Title: Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager
I started as a Mechanical Engineering Intern. I would revise drawings or bills of materials, and create files for VacuCad. I then was hired full time as a Mechanical Engineer. During this time I designed and detailed mechanical components for the Chamber group. I then received a promotion to Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager. I maintain all of my engineering duties while project managing all jobs flowing through the Quick Turn Cell. I perform duties of both engineering and project managing parts for the QTC, so I get to see my projects through from start to finish - from 2D drawing to final product.
Years of Service: 10
Beginning Title: Territory Sales Manager
Title: Product Specialist
I joined as Territory Sales Manager for Netherlands, Italy, and half of the UK. I then transitioned to the manufacturing team in the Hastings facility as a Product Specialist to help quote vacuum chambers in the European Market. I later moved over to Pittsburgh from Hastings to assume a more global position as a Product Specialist III.
Years of Service: 10
Beginning Title: Purchasing/Outsourcing
Title: Asia Supply Chain Supervisor
I started to work at KJLC Shanghai Company in the year 2007 to the beginning of 2013, handling the work of purchasing and outsourcing. During the first five years, I had a lot of opportunity to travel to our suppliers as well as the global headquarters. From the beginning of the year 2013, I was promoted to China Supply Chain Supervisor. With the help of the supply chain team, I could free my hands to study more and practice supply chain management work. With the development of Asia business, we are trying our best to offer more help and support to global companies.
"I have an opportunity to interface with researchers from all over the world who are working on the next generation of everything."
- J.R. Gaines, 7 Years
"This place feels like home."
- Yu Chen, 2 Years
"It is much more than a job, it's much more than a career, it is a life, it is a life style."
- Joe DeMaio, 13 Years
What we hold to be true and what's important to us here at the Kurt J. Lesker Company.
Responsible stewardship of our business for generations to come
Work and live with purpose and drive; inspire others
Consistently honest, trustworthy, and ethical
Considerate of all people, their cultures, and the environment
Dynamic energy fostering excellence, creativity, and professional craftsmanship
Working together to achieve excellence
Enhance Your Lifestyle With Us
We are not just where you work but we are where you want to work.
"It makes you proud to flip through the catalog and say... I made this, I made that."
- Jason Lippert, 10 Years
"It feels like a family... You can feel how passionate everyone in the company is."
- Kasey McIntyre, 2 Years
"When I come up with a solution for a customer, that gets me excited."
- Steve Cheesman, 23 Years
We Care About You & Your Family
Carefully designed programs to support you and your family's happiness and wellbeing.
"I feel like I am part of a really good team not only at the EDC but the whole company."
- Nick Ward, 3 Years
"Even though the company has grown and spans the globe, there is still a "small business" feel to the way the business is run."
- Charles Hancock, 10 Years
"No two days are ever the same there is a lot of variety and always a new challenge just round the corner."
- Sarah Thomas-Hill, 3 Years
Never Stop Learning
We are committed to the continued professional growth and development of our employees worldwide.
We are always looking for talented people to help us continue to grow as a global company. We have these positions currently available but if you feel you can bring something to our company that we don't know were looking for, please send us your resume and we would love to get you in to have a chat.
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