Machine Operator I


Job Title: Machine Operator 1 Prepared By: Human Resources
Department: Machine Shop Prepared Date: 01/28/2021
Reports to: Operations Manager Approved By: Ian Paterson
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Approved Date:  

Position Summary                                                                                                                                                             

Operate CNC machines to produce, repair or refine products according to detailed specifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities – includes the following, but others may be assigned                                                           

  • Read blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications.
  • Download programs into machine and review Program Headers for instructions.
  • Assist in installing fixtures and tooling.
  • Run Equipment to produce parts to print and engineering specifications.
  • Observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions and adjusts machines as necessary.
  • Perform In Process inspection on parts to verify that they meet engineering specifications. Document results.
  • Make adjustments if needed or advise Machine Programmer of changes required.
  • Make adjustments to machines to compensate for tool wear and material compositions (speeds and feeds).
  • Remove, setup and replace dull or broken cutting tools.
  • Inspects workpieces for defects, and measures workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using a variety of measuring instruments.
  • Identify and analyze problems that arise during machining process and create solutions independently.
  • Performs minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, tools, or workpieces and adding coolant to machine reservoirs.
  • Verify calibration of measuring tools before using.
  • Follow Non-Conformance work instructions.
  • Documents time in MES system accurately.
  • Works safely and promote a safe working environment.
  • Keep working area clean and organized and maintain housekeeping to a high standard.
  • Deburr, stamp, clean and packages parts according to instructions.
  • Meet daily efficiency and productivity goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Education and Experience                                                                                                                                                  

  • Six months to one year related experience and/or training.
  • Setup experience, program editing, First Article Inspection, fixture and tooling installation, advantageous, but not a requirement.
  • High school diploma or GED.


  • Demonstrates understanding and follows all product-related processes and procedures.
  • Communicate information clearly to co-workers, lead and supervisor.
  • Ability to conduct tests and inspections of products or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Knowledge of the use of a variety of basic hand tools (e.g., wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers).
  • Knowledge of the use of a variety of measuring instruments. (e.g., calipers, micrometers, depth gauges, dial bore gauges, etc)
  • Basic knowledge of blueprint reading, including general understanding of terms and symbols.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including uses, repair and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate eagerness, enthusiasm, and optimism for work activities. This includes the willingness to take ownership for work activities.
  • Identify problems and assist in resolution.
  • Interact cooperatively and collaboratively with others as a team.
  • Detail and quality oriented.

Computer Skills                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Ability to use the computer and web-based systems to input, access, modify, or output information.

Physical Demands                                                                                                                                                              

  Percentage of Work Time
Item 1% to 33% 34% to 66% 67% to 100%
Standing/Walking X
Twisting X
Lifting/Carrying X
Pushing/Pulling X
Bending/Stooping X
Using arm muscles frequently or for extended periods X
Using leg muscles frequently or for extended periods X
Computer Operation X
Endurance to perform tasks over long periods of work hours X
Repetitive rapid hand movement X
Manual dexterity with both hands X