CNC Machine Operator

CNC Machine Operator
June 30, 2022 Melanie Jackson
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Wilmington

Role summary:

Apply technical and practical experience to the preparation of process plans. Maintain plans and programs through the analysis, investigation and solution of difficult and complex manufacturing/process problems and provide recommendations to the development, design, specification and selection of equipment and processes. Apply technical principles to solution of problems relating to process tooling, machines and/or special equipment.


The candidate will work with engineering/manufacturing personnel in the following tasks:

    • Prepare and maintain process planning that is clear, concise and legible using Inventor.
    • Provide technical analysis and evaluation to assigned process area to reduce manufacturing costs, improve control, increase yields and/or stretch capacity. Initiate action as necessary to effect improvements and correct problem areas.
    • Provide improvements in manufacturing equipment, tools, fixtures and material handling equipment within assigned process area, and provide maintenance procedures for same.
    • Support product line engineering in seeking out and evaluating opportunities for optimum tooling and equipment programs for the operation, consistent with the short and long range needs of the business.
    • Develop, design and try out tools and system, tools, dies, gages, fixtures and special equipment, required for optimum manufacturing costs, quality, losses and safety practices.
    • Fabricate “New Product Introduction” (NPI) activities. Design/ fabricate product components from drawing or concepts.
    • Willing to train operators in operation of equipment, including newly developed equipment and equipment modifications.
    • Depending on specific assignments, operators may be required to perform tasks not normally within their regular duties.
    • Be aware of the latest alternate tooling techniques and processes and their beneficial and limiting aspects for optimum application to department needs.
    • Work with manufacturing engineering personnel or with other functions in furnishing technical guidance to shop operations in the manufacture of components and in trouble-shooting technical problems.
    • Provide documentation, support and consultation to shop operations and quality control to assure effective integration of assigned programs into routine operations.
    • Plan, record, and communicate through appropriate channels, by using applicable techniques, information pertaining to the progress, and results of assigned work.
    • Responsible for maintaining, repairing, calibrating and modifying a wide variety of CNC machine tools and associate equipment.
    • Required to install special accessory equipment such as rotary tables, air chucks, etc.
    • Must perform all duties and tasks while conforming to all safety regulations and procedures.
    • Ability to take written or oral instructions and convert them to clear and concise instructions for others to use.
    • Moderate lifting or moving of medium weight materials up to 50 pounds will be required for intermittent periods.
    • Mental application needs to be high and continuous to match the overall complexities of the position. Multi-tasking is essential. Uses ingenuity, judgment and significant initiative. There is a high level of complexity/ variation in equipment and parts, work is highly diversified and complex.
    • Able to work and perform with minimal supervision.
    • Will work in and around process, manual and computerized equipment.
    • Will work directly with a CNC Programmer, and take work direction and instructions from the Manager of Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Engineers, Production Supervisor or Plant Leader when applicable.


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in preparing, testing, and maintaining CNC programs.
  • Experience with 3D Solid Modeling software such as Inventor or Solidworks is required.
  • Through understanding of mechanical drawings and geometrical tolerances is required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of CNC programming experience required on 2 of the 3 following types of equipment: lathes, mills or wire EDMs.
  • Experience and capability with manual G-code programming and part probing required.
  • Thorough understanding of machining theory and tooling applications. Must be capable to select/ assemble tooling packages for required jobs.
  • Thorough understanding of concepts associated with gaging and measuring dimensional requirements.
  • High school graduate, 2-year associate/ technical degree highly desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate to all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to logically organize work and establish priorities.
  • Work experience must indicate an above average knowledge of machining theory and exceptional quality performance.

Additional desired qualities:

  • Experience using Inventor & Microsoft Software, a Plus
  • Including prior training and experience, full competence should be achieved through onsite training in approximately 30 days.
  • Tech-savvy CNC Programmer with software and CNC machinery experience. Highly detail-oriented with an in-depth understanding of CNC workflow process.
  • Ability to work exceptionally well as part of a creative team.
  • Program design, Blueprint reading
  • CAD software
  • CNC Program Writing
  • Proficient in Solid Works
  • Ability to maintain CNC workflow processes: Concept, Design, Toolpaths, Machinery and Assembly

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