Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic






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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

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Manufacturing Machine Operator

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Multiple Machine Operator, or Supervisor

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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

  • Assembly Supervisor
    West Pharmaceutical Services    Tempe, AZ 85280
     Posted 2 days    

    Assembly Supervisor



    West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. Working by the side of its customers from concept to patient, West creates products that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of the world's pharmaceutical drug supply. West is headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, and supports its customers from locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. West's 2018 sales of $1.7 billion reflect the daily use of approximately 112 million of its components and devices, which are designed to improve the delivery of healthcare to patients around the world.

    Job Summary:

    In this role, you will assist and performs production assembly set-ups, auxiliary equipment installation/disconnect, frontline technical monitoring and response to machine alarms, part defects and in-service mold cleaning. Assists in production tool setup, line clearance, machine purging and control panel adjustments to facilitate maximum machine run times.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    * Assist and review mold set-ups, cleaning, venting and teardown, and part sampling to ensure proper compliance to procedure and part integrity.
    * Install, monitor, clean, and remove auxiliary equipment to injection molding machines as needed by production scheduler or process engineering.
    * Assist with corrective action necessary to resolve machine alarm issues.
    * Use control panel data and practical experience to do minor troubleshooting on machines, loader systems, and auxiliary equipment.
    * Identify and resolve potential safety hazards.
    * Process auditing and documentation.
    * Contributes to continuous process improvement efforts to reduce scrap, cycle times, improve efficiency, and eliminate waste within the production environment.
    * Provides a "Customer Service" attitude when interacting with internal and external customers while accomplishing work, production, and achieving quality standards.
    * Maintains a clean, orderly and safe workstation and environment at all times.

    * Performs other duties as assigned based on business needs.
    * Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.

    * Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
    * Must be able to work scheduled work week, plus overtime and/or irregular hours as required to complete assignments.

    Basic Qualifications:

    * Education: High School or equivalent experience
    * Experience:Minimum of 5 years of manufacturing experience

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    * 1-3 years of plastics manufacturing experience in plastics injection molding
    * Experience with cGMP practices, ISO, and medical device manufacturing

    Travel Requirements:

    * None

    Physical & Mental Requirements:

    * Medical Device manufacturing requires strict adherence to standards. Working environment is a manufacturing facility, which houses plastic injection molding machines. Must tolerate fumes and particulate generated from various plastics. Work areas are equipped with adequate lighting, cooling/heating and equipment that are in a good working condition. Must work constructively in an environment that may be stressful due to competing resources while at all times maintaining company confidentiality.
    * May stand or sit for extended periods of time. Must transport oneself to and from other areas of the facility and travel to other divisions when necessary. Must have good visual acuity. If specifically necessitated by customer requirements, must be able to see with or without corrective lenses and distinguish color differences for product and safety issues. Hearing ability should be sufficient to hear audible alarms from distances up to 150ft.
    * The ability to be able to lift and carry various items up to 50lbs.

    West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please send an email to . Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • CNC Machine Operator / Bridge/Structural Steel Fabrication
    Steel Girder, LLC.    Coolidge, AZ 85128
     Posted 2 days    

    * 03-Jan-2019 to 29-Apr-2020 (MST)
    * Steel Girder
    * Coolidge, AZ, USA
    * DOE
    * Hourly
    * Full Time

    Paid Time Off, Profit Sharing, 401k, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability, Identity Theft Protection

    Stinger Bridge & Iron, an AISC certified steel fabricator and PCI certified Prestressed Concrete Girder fabricator and Erector is seeking experienced CNC burn table and beam line operators. Candidates must have CNC machine and or burn table experience. Experience with mastercam, and sigma nest, Pro Nest, Steel Projects, Fabtrol and CAD experience software plus.

    Applications may be filled out at .

    Stinger Bridge & Iron is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and an Equal Opportunity Employer of Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans.

    Pre-employment physical and drug testing are required.

    If you require an accommodation to submit an application, please email to request an accommodation. This email is only to request an accommodation to the application process and is not an email to inquire about the status of your application.

    If you require an accommodation to submit an application, please email to request an accommodation. This email is only to request an accommodation to the application process and is not an email to inquire about the status of your application.

    Stinger Bridge & Iron

    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Machinist III - Conventional (MACHI01630)
    Sargent Aerospace    Tucson, AZ 85775
     Posted 5 days    

    Purpose and Scope:

    This position supports operational excellence in the machining processes to drive productivity, quality and continuous improvement. We expect this individual to be a leader who collaborates with the Sargent team to exceed organizational goals.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    * Model Safe behaviors at all times.
    * Follow company quality control standards to include in process inspection and documentation.
    * Knowledge of safety standards for equipment being run.
    * Must be able to make decisions, communicate effectively across departments, train and works well with others in a team environment.
    * Design and make fixturing for first run parts that will go to the production floor.
    * Monitor and troubleshoot non-conforming parts as they occur
    * Produce and inspect parts with the ability to offer continuous improvement opportunities
    * Setup and run CNC & manual mills, CNC & manual lathes, surface grinder and other shop machines as needed.
    * Deburr own parts as required.
    * Provide direction and assist others with machining practices and issues

    Required Job Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

    * Minimum of 3-8 years’ experience
    * High school diploma or GED required.
    * Application of machine shop theory and procedures, shop mathematics (algebra, geometry and trigonometry).
    * Advanced measurement skills including GD&T, CMM and optical comparator.
    * Knowledge of tooling capabilities (speeds/feeds and insert grades)
    * Must be proficient in G and M codes and editing CNC programs to set up and run complex parts with the understanding of CAD/CAM.
    * Ability to read, interpret technical drawings, routers, work instructions and specifications.
    * Strong communication, critical thinking, and multi-tasking abilities
    * Ability and willingness to train Level I and II machinists.
    * Must be a U.S. Citizen
    * Attendance and punctuality at work are essential functions of this position.

    Preferred Job Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

    * Lathe and/or Mill experience preferred
    * College Course work preferred
    * Master Cam preferred
    * Ability to setup and run EDM is a plus.

    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Machinist - Level 2 - 2nd shift (FAA)
    Honeywell    Phoenix, AZ 85067
     Posted 7 days    

    Produce high quality products and services for our customers. You will assemble and inspect product to ensure the highest quality product is provided to our customers. You will be responsible for your work area to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the area. You will set up and monitor the production of product in your area and participate in the continuous improvement process at the site to address safety, production and quality improvements.

    Key Responsibilities

    + Operate assigned equipment.

    + Participate in continuous improvement activities.

    + Support the Honeywell Operating System

    + Maintain work area for operation and cleanliness

    + Comply with all safety rules.

    + Record and report production data.

    + Analyze data and production reports

    + Set up and change over equipment

    All applicants for placement in DOT/FAA safety-sensitive positions will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug test, testing for Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines (amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA, MDA), Phencyclidine (PCP), and Opioids (codeine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone). The DOT/FAA regulations require all employees, regular and temporary, in safety-sensitive positions, to be included in the Honeywell Anti-drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Plan.


    + High School Diploma or GED

    + 2 years shop experience

    + Manual and CNC mill experience


    + Ability to analyze information and concepts

    + Ability to collaborate with others and work independently

    + Ability to identify key details

    + Ability to troubleshoot

    + Good coordination, motor skills, and dexterity

    + Creative thinking and idea generation

    + Ability to communicate information clearly

    Honeywell is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, religion, or veteran status.

    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Machinist A
    ABB Inc.    Tucson, AZ 85703
     Posted 7 days    

    Join ABB and work in a team that is dedicated to creating a future where innovative digital technologies allow greater access to cleaner energy.

    ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability digital platform. ABB's Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. .
    Your responsibilities

    * In this role you will:
    * * Machine parts and assemblies from prints, drawings and samples using manual mills, lathes and other machines to tight tolerances
    * * Perform miscellaneous operations involving broad machine shop experience, operate different types of machine tools involving close tolerance work, intricate setups and development, dismantle, assemble, diagnose and correct mechanical problems on electrical and mechanical equipment such as turbines, motors, boiler feed pumps and gearboxes machine or build parts from samples or drawing
    * * Perform balancing of rotating equipment in hard bearing balance machines as well as field balancing
    * * Perform related duties as assigned
    * * May direct others

    Your background

    * Qualifications/Requirements
    * * High School diploma or GED with a minimum of 2 years of trade school experience
    * * Minimum of 5 years of experience on manual various machines including VBM's, HBM's and larger lathes
    * * Ability and willingness to travel, as required
    * * Ability and willingness to work overtime, various shifts, holidays and weekends, as required

    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • CNC Lathe Machinist (3rd Shift) **SIGN-ON BONUS AVAILABLE*
    Curtiss-Wright Corporation    Gilbert, AZ 85295
     Posted 7 days    

    ****We offer competitive wages and have a sign-on bonus available for all qualified applicants****

    **The Opportunity | CNC Lathe Machinist (3rd Shift)**

    Under minimal supervision, performs moderately complex assignment planning, layout, set up, operating and making tool adjustments for various types of manual, numerically controlled and computerized machine shop equipment. Under minimal supervision, works from blueprints, process sheets and sketches to perform production tasks, which may include the cutting and shaping of metal to precision dimensions. May communicate directly with engineers to understand the purpose of a part assembly. Checks and inspects machining operations against specified tolerances. May identify and repair minor machine malfunctions.

    **Your Challenge:**

    + Manufacture and inspects detailed parts and tools from blueprints, sketches, drawings and verbal instructions using a variety of machining tools and equipment ( mills, lathes, drill presses, grinders, jig bores and other machining equipment) and using mathematical and geometrical calculations.

    + Determine how to set up machines based on instructions received.

    + Perform minor repairs of equipment.

    + Keep work area clean and free from safety hazards. Maintain acceptable quality and efficiency level.

    **Your Expertise:**

    + 3+ years of CNC Lathe Machinist experience - Mori Seki preferred.

    + High School Diploma or equivalent.

    + Must be available to work 3rd shift (Sunday-Thursday, 9:30pm-5:15am)

    **Why work for Curtiss-Wright?**

    + We offer the following benefits from **your first day** :

    + _Medical, dental, prescription and vision plans_

    + _Short and long-term disability insurance_

    + _Health and dependent care flexible spending accounts_

    + _Accidental death and dismemberment insurance_

    + _Life insurance_

    + _Legal Assistance_

    + _Financial Planning_

    + _Travel accident insurance_

    + _Employee Assistance Program_

    + _Tuition reimbursement program_

    + _Stock purchase plan_

    + _Savings and Investment Plan_

    + _Auto and Home Insuranc_

    + We offer annual salary reviews!

    + We offer annual bonus!

    + We offer on-the-job training and great growth opportunities!

    This position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.

    Curtiss-Wright values diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you require accommodation due to a disability at any time during the recruitment and/or assessment process, please contact Talent Acquisition opens an email client application at and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request.

    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • Machinist III
    Fortive Corporation    Chandler, AZ 85286
     Posted 10 days    

    + Controlling machines and processes by using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate.

    + Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments such as micrometers and calipers.

    + Instrument’s should include but limited to calipers, ID and OD micrometers, depth gages, indicators and scales.

    + Machine parts to specification using tools such as lathes, milling machines and grinders.

    + Set-up, adjust and operate all basic machine tools and many specialized or advanced variation tools in order to perform precision machining operations.

    + Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.

    Lay out, measure, and mark metal stock in order to display placement of cuts.

    + Inspecting hardware or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems/defects.

    + Able to analyze information, evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

    + Assessing the value, importance, quality of parts material and or processes.

    + Stay up-to-date on technology and applying new knowledge to your job.

    + Program numerically controlled machine tool or enter commands to retrieve, input, or edit computerized machine control media.

    + Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials onto machines.

    + Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, and engineering information in order to determine methods and sequences of operations needed to fabricate quality products, and determine product dimensions and tolerances.

    + Select the appropriate tools, machines, and materials to be used in preparation of machining work.

    + Clean and lubricate machines, tools, and equipment in order to remove grease, rust, stains, and foreign matter.

    + Confer with Sr Machinist regularly ensure that new programs or machinery will function properly and output will meet specifications.

    + Perform in-process inspection using standard measurement equipment.

    Accurately complete process paperwork, as required.

    + Perform other related duties as assigned.

    + High school diploma or equivalent.

    + 8-10 years of machining experience.

    + Ability to work under minimal supervision.

    + Good verbal and written communication skills.

    + Handling, installing, positioning, moving/manipulating materials.

    + Performing physical activities that require frequent activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

    Fortive is a diversified industrial growth company comprised of global businesses that are recognized leaders in attractive markets. With more than $6 billion in annual revenues, Fortive’s well-known brands hold leading positions in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution.

    Fortive is headquartered in Everett, Washington and employs a team of more than 24,000 research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, service and administrative employees in more than 40 countries around the world. Our team grows by tackling challenges that accelerate progress and further their careers. With a culture rooted in continuous improvement, the core of our company’s operating model is the Fortive Business System. For more information please visit:

    Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (PacSci EMC), a Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) operating company, makes critical missions possible. From concept to demonstration to delivery, we provide leading-edge energetic materials, devices and subsystems for use in military and commercial applications. With engineering and manufacturing capability in Arizona and California, our associates work together to solve the toughest technical challenges with a dedication to Safety First, Quality Every TimeTM. We enable success for innumerable missions on a daily basis, impacting the lives of military personnel, law enforcement officers, commercial airline pilots, astronauts, and oil field operators. For nearly a century, PacSci EMC's experience and expertise has been relied upon in the times When Milliseconds MatterTM. For more information, go to

    Pursuant to our subcontractor status on highly sensitive national security matters, Mechanical Assemblers and all other floor personnel who frequently shift cell assignments, as well as any personnel directly working with the following contract are subject to the following contractual provision: THAAD PRIME Flowdowns (H-Clauses) H-42 FOREIGN PERSONS, paragraph D., "All employees of all entities that make up the Contractor's team, whether subcontractors, consultants, or anyone who works with or on behalf of the Contractor will be citizens of the U.S." Accordingly, only U.S. citizens will be qualified to fill these roles. We are committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment."The company in which you have expressed employment interest is a subsidiary or affiliate of Fortive Corporation. The subsidiary or affiliate is referred to as a Fortive Company. Fortive Corporation and all Fortive Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), age, marital status, disability, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available at: Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process should call 1-866-272-5573 or e-mail to request accommodation."

    Employment Type

    Full Time

  • CNC Machinist III - lathe
    Micro-Tronics, Inc    Tempe, AZ 85282 (Telecommute)
     Posted about 1 month    

    Position Summary: Operates one or more computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines to perform turning, drilling, reaming, boring, threading, tapping, deburring and milling over a wide range of surfaces, diameters and depths. Some jobs require to machine close tolerances. Some inspection is required in this role as well as part cleaning and packaging.

    Training and Experience: Minimum 5-7 years of work experience, trade school, vocational education or apprenticeship required.

    Licenses Required: N/A

    • Must be proficient in reading and writing the English language and able to work in a team environment.
    • Ability to perform set-ups with minimal to no supervision.
    • GD&T – Ability to read blue prints, process documentation / inspection sheets.
    • Attaches basic fixture to machine table or work station and secures work piece in fixture according to set-up instructions with minimal or no assistance; using clamps, hardware and measuring instruments.
    • Able to adjust machine settings - Basic understanding of G & M codes, tool geometry / tool wear offsets. Dry run program to ensure machine cutting tools run error free.
    • Able to maintain required machine maintenance daily / oils and coolant
    • 5S Organization

    Physical and Mental Requirements:
    • Logical thinking and problem solving
    • Attention to detail
    • Must be able to stand for a long period of time
    • Will work with coolant / solvents
    • Must be able to pick up 50lbs.

    Seniority Level

    Experienced (5+ years, non-manager)



    Employment Type

    Full Time

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