Summary Work independently to program, setup and operate CNC machines, (including ProtoTrak machines).  Also to monitor part quality per engineering drawings, sketches or other documentation, including verbal instruction, using measuring devices.  Often tasks assigned may be considered production runs of high quantities.  Individual would be expected to plan, program and execute a series of machining operations to produce parts of acceptable quality.  Work is to be performed at the lowest cost consistent with quality standards and tolerance requirements.  Hours worked are the regularly scheduled hours.  Overtime is on an as needed basis and at the direction of the Tool Room Supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Evaluate parts to be manufactured for most cost effective application of existing CNC equipment
  • Plan sequence of operations for parts to be manufactured
  • Select and requisition tooling as needed
  • Create and maintain CNC programs and related documentation so that programs are easily retrieved, setup and run
  • Setup one or more CNC machines and qualify programs so parts are of acceptable quality
  • Measure parts being fabricated using scales, protractors, micrometers, calipers, indicators or other measurement devices
  • Monitor part quality to engineering drawings or other documentation without assistance
    • Monitor and maintain on part quality during the machining process
    • Monitor part quality and notify designated person if problems persist with quality despite attempts to fix the problem
    • Monitor part quality and submit samples to Inspection during production runs
  • Operate one or more CNC machines
  • Be able to perform secondary operations to verbal instructions, without assistance using metal working machinery such as millers, drill presses, tapping heads, belt sanders and grinders
  • Produce acceptable parts in a timely manner
  • Submit parts to Inspection
  • Instruct others to run one or more machines or perform secondary operations
  • Run conventional equipment on occasion
  • Work assigned may be in other departments on occasion
  • Work as a team to maximize productivity and quality
    • Provide assistance to others
    • Show a constant interest in learning other activities or skills
    • Participate in job reviews when appropriate
  • Maintain and submit accurate time records, both on drawings and job cards
  • Maintain fabrication equipment in good order and use tools and equipment as designed
  • Clean equipment when breaking down setup
  • Maintain orderly work area and cleanup work area at the end of the day
  • Be consistently at work and punctual; clock job times accurately
  • Observe company policy, safety and security procedures
  • Perform all activities in conformance with the AGR Quality System and ISO procedures

Supervisory Responsibilities  This job has no supervisory responsibilities


  • Ability to utilize Manufacturing Software to create CNC programs
  • Ability to setup and operate CNC machining centers and ProtoTraks
  • Ability to setup and operate metal working equipment including drill presses, millers, grinders and lathes without assistance
  • Ability to select and use appropriate measuring devices for the task being monitored
  • Ability to fabricate parts to + / – .0005 of an inch
  • Ability to monitor and maintain quality of part during fabrication stages
  • Ability to work with hand tools
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings or other documentation and to work to verbal instructions
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment
  • Utilize most efficient resources for fabricating and measuring parts being made or altered
  • Be able to perform shop math, including Trigonometry functions, so parts are made and checked to specifications

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Material handling equipment is available at all times.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to use hands for a variety of tasks
  • Must be able to reach with hands and arms, talk and hear
  • Ability to walk, stand and sit, occasionally to climb, balance, stoop, kneel
  • Frequently lift 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
  • Good vision and eye / hand coordination

Work Environment 

  • Routinely exposed to moving mechanical parts
  • Routinely exposed to metal cutting emulsions and oils
  • Little risk of electrical shock
  • Moderate noise level

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work This is a full-time position, and typical work hours are Monday through Friday 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Overtime is on an as needed basis and at the direction of the Operation Supervisor.

Travel No travel required.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of a recognized apprenticeship program a plus
  • Minimum of 3 years CNC machine programming experience
  • Minimum of 3 years CNC machining experience