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CNC Lathe Operator

Portland, IN

Position: CNC Lathe Operator
Shift: 2nd Shift & 3rd Shift 
Pay: Up to $31 HOUR 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Precision machining of metals such as steel, stainless steel, and aluminum to close tolerances (e.g., .0002").
  • Inspection of parts during production using precision measuring instruments.
  • Monitoring and maintaining machine fluid levels.
  • Reading and interpreting process sheets, blueprints, and part sketches to determine machining requirements, dimensional specifications, setup, and operating procedures.
  • Editing pre-written programs under supervision when necessary for process improvements and troubleshooting.
  • Mounting workpieces in chuck, faceplate, or fixtures.
  • Selecting and installing preset tooling in tool posts, turrets, cutters, and automatic tool change magazine as per the specified sequence on the process sheet.
  • Observing numerical control displays on the control panel, comparing with data on process sheets to verify dimensional adjustments, feed rates, and speeds of machining cuts.
  • Turning dials and switches to override program and correct machine performance.
  • Inspecting the first run piece and spot-checking succeeding pieces for conformance to specifications.
  • Studying job packets, organizing materials for the next order during cycles to reduce cycle and setup time.
  • Pre-setting tools before positioning them in the lathe.
  • Setting up and operating another machine tool during machining cycles.
  • Setting up and operating CNC machines using setup sheets and written instructions with minimal supervision.
  • Utilizing various inspection instruments to check work per print without supervision.
  • Possessing knowledge of various cutting tools and the ability to determine various machine speeds and feeds.
  • Performing basic equipment maintenance and owning basic hand tools.
  • Cross-training on other plant machinery as required.

Critical Skills:

  • Trustworthiness: Earn trust through honesty, integrity, and reliability.
  • Adaptable: Maintain effectiveness in a changing environment.
  • Approachable: Open-minded, friendly, engaging, understanding, and empathetic; comfortable engaging in challenging conversations.
  • Curious: Seek information and knowledge to continually grow and learn, reducing moments of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • 2 years of CNC Lathe experience.
  • Sound mechanical aptitude with hands-on skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience using steady rest.
  • Ability to perform machine setup, including installing proper chuck jaws and tooling.
  • Basic understanding of equipment and processes in the area of responsibility.
  • Ability to read precision measuring equipment.
  • Basic blueprint reading skills.
  • Basic programming knowledge or experience.
  • Basic set-up capabilities.
  • Basic tooling knowledge.
  • Basic understanding of feeds and speeds.
  • Ability to inspect work and meet quality requirements.
  • Basic understanding of gearing terminology.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of standing.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds at time.     

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