Machine Setup Level A can setup and process complex parts from start to finish on CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines. They also will help maintain daily production through tool changes, changeovers, and daily maintenance. Mentor and train setup level B and machine operators. Must be able to read and create setup information and do program editing, if necessary (Re-boring jaws, aligning fixtures, setting taper, replace broken tools, etc.) Can read and fully understand a blueprint, and can come up with methodology to process a part from start to finish. Must have full knowledge of a CNC control panel.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Practice safety standards as identified by the Company Handbook, orientation, and verbal instruction from supervisory staff. This includes safety glasses, proper shoes, lifting techniques, and safe chip handling.
- Maintain clean and organized work area, this includes, but is not limited to, tool boxes, tools, machines, gages and gage tables. This includes wiping down tools in tool box and keeping the tool box in an organized manor in which to reduce time to find tools needed to setup machines.
- Can capture setup and tool change time through logging in and out of jobs through data collection terminals.
- Can read and understand a complex blueprint/geometric tolerance interpretation.
- Change stick tools including knurls.
- Change reamers, drills, and boring bars. Live and static.
- Understand and demonstrate tool selection via vending machine and tool crib.
- Can explain and identify different nose radius tools to ensure correct inserts are being used.
- Can read and follow setup instructions, tool layout sheet, machine setup checklist, and other setup related documents
- Knowledge of tool holders both live and static, cutting tools, and inserts.
- Full knowledge of CNC control panel and safety features available on the control, single block, optional stop, distance to go, etc…
- Can perform daily maintenance as required per department, boring jaws, aligning fixtures or vises, cleaning collets or guide bushings.
- Can do minor program edits with supervision, changing tool locations, or speed and feed as directed by engineering.
- Can changeover machine to run product in the same family, “turnings”, “cones” etc...
- Can setup repeat jobs.
- Complete 100% of the dimensions on a 1st article submission
- Conduct visual inspection on part to ensure fillets, breaks, part finishes, blends and workmanship are at a Chips MFG standard, (Looks like jewelry).
- Can train operators on running production and checking piece part quality.
- Take ownership of job and check in on status of job, to ensure smooth production.
- Clearly communicate production status to Plant Manager, Production Supervisor, or Engineering Manager.
- Can analyze customer part drawing to develop process, tooling and fixture requirements to produce parts within specified print tolerances.
- Can optimize cutting tool speeds and feeds using manufacturers suggested data.
- Can optimize part cycle time by applying best possible machining practices, by working with engineering and suggesting time saving techniques, or areas for improvement.
- Can write a CNC program using Computer Aided Manufacturing software (CAM) package.
- Mentors and guides lesser skilled machine operators and setup persons to achieve desired skill level.
- Complete job related paperwork accurately and completely which includes but not limited to, tool layout sheets, offset sheets, etc...
- Other duties may be assigned.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Technical Skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork - Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- 5 years’ experience in doing setups and operating CNC machines for precision parts.
- Read and understand G-Code programming.
- Possess the ability to read a limited number of two and three-syllable words, as well as recognizing similarities and differences between words and series of numbers. Must have the ability to print and speak simple sentences in English.
- Knowledge in use of precision measuring instruments and the applications of such instruments. Instruments should include but not limited to calipers, micrometers, height gages, plug and attribute gages.
- Must be adaptable to a changing work environment, competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure.
- Must be able to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Employee is regularly required to stand, use hands to handle, or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Education and/or Experience
High school diploma or general education degree (GED), 5 years prior machine shop experience setting up and running production in a precision manufacturing environment. Ability to use and read various measuring instruments. Knowledge of multi-axis CNC lathes, Swiss type CNC lathes, and vertical machining centers.