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1145 Stoughton Ave Chaska, MN

CNC Lathe Set-Up/Operator III

CEM has been in business since 1983, ISO certified, very stable and have never had a lay off. We offer competitive wages, bonus opportunities and benefits (PTO, Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, and 401k). We have a very nice facility and equipment. Looking for long-term employees.
Job Summary

The CNC Lathe Set-Up/Operator III will be in charge of set-up, editing and operating CNC Turning Centers. This position sets up new and repeat jobs, instructs operators on how to run parts, runs small – medium size production lots, troubleshoots and edits code as necessary, keeps records, communicates with co-workers and managers regarding production runs, and maintains quality and safety standards.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Use advanced techniques to troubleshoot and resolve machine or programming issues.
  • Identify opportunities to reduce machining time through process improvements.
  • Understand, interpret and edit FANUC programming code.
  • Advise the maintenance department or supervisor of any machine issues, crashes, or needed repairs.
  • Set-up and load programs into CNC machines and complete first run part.
  • Load and unload materials and parts manually or using appropriate equipment or tools.
  • Independently operate CNC equipment and observe operations with focused attention.
  • Operate grinding and related tools to remove excess material or burrs from surfaces.
  • Assure quality by inspecting finished parts; report irregularities or tolerance deviations to supervisor or quality control personnel.
  • Perform tool wear offsets or change inserts to meet tolerance requirements.
  • Monitor progress toward, and meet production goals.
  • Follow, create and help maintain work instructions; complete required daily paperwork.
  • Maintain equipment and worksite by completing housekeeping, preventive maintenance and daily inspection tasks.
  • Perform other tasks as warranted or assigned by management.
Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibility. The employee may be required to assist other CNC Operators and serve as a trainer or mentor.

Work Environment

The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions with protection from weather conditions with moderate temperature fluctuation. The employee is exposed to hazards such as metal chips, oils and cutting fluids, and proximity to moving parts which require adherence to safety procedures and use of appropriate personal protective equipment.

Physical Requirements

The employee is required to have visual acuity to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position including close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to focus. The employee will be regularly required to stand, walk, and reach with their arms. This position requires occasional squatting/kneeling, forward bending, twisting/turning, pushing/pulling, neck rotation or extension, wrist rotation or extension, forearm rotation, grasping and pinching. The employee may occasionally be required to lift and carry up to 70lbs. The employee may be required to move or transfer products with an overhead crane, pallet jack and/or forklift (with license).

Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of five years related experience and/or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience to perform the essential job duties and responsibilities.
  • Proficiency with CNC machine set-up and operation.
  • Experience reading part prints or drawings, and/or machining work orders.
  • Experience using standard quality inspection tools and gages.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations including the ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions, geometry & trigonometry to practical situations.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Interpersonal communication skills characterized by honest, professional, respectful communication and effective listening skills.
  • Fluency in English verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to meet production goals for quality and quantity.
  • Possess or willing to obtain tools required to perform daily tasks.
  • High level of dependability.
  • Flexibility with time and schedule, and availability for overtime when required.
Desirable Qualifications
  • Programming experience.
  • Advanced troubleshooting, problem solving and reasoning ability in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with FANUC programming.
  • Experience as a supervisor or lead in a manufacturing environment.
  • Forklift experience and/or active forklift certification.
Questions? Contact Us

(952) 448-4771


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