Assistant Shop Machinist

California, United States
13 Sep 2019
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13 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

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Job Summary

The Assistant Shop Machinist will provide support for the machine shop facility in the Aerospace Department. The successful candidate will have general knowledge of shop mathematics and the ability to operate general shop machinery using standard measuring equipment.

Job Duties

  • Create components, equipment, and assemblies to exact tolerances and dimensions.
  • Interpret blueprints, sketches, and engineering specifications; capable of operating multiple power-driven machines to produce a variety of components, devices, and tools constructed from various conventional and unique materials including metals, plastics,etc.
  • Operate FADAL, HAAS, and Bridgeport CNC equipment.
  • Program parts using Virtual Gibbs CAD-CAM or MasterCAM x8 software from SolidWorks models.
  • Machine parts per drawings and verbal instructions+/-.001.
  • Apply standard shop computations relating to dimension of work, tooling feeds, and speeds.
  • Measure, mark, and scribe dimension and reference points to lay out stock for machining.
  • Inspect, measure, and test constructed components and parts to prescribed specifications; check for quality control on parts.
  • Design and modify work specifications to meet the needs of the customer.– Grind/sharpen cutting tools used on special materials.
  • Perform preventative maintenance of various machines and tools.
  • Perform various welding tasks including silver soldering, brazing, welding, and soldering.
  • Operate Heliarc welder and Acetylene torch.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5+ years machining experience with at least 2+ years of prototype and/or experimental machining experience.
  • Demonstrated skill with CNC equipment and associated software programs.
  • Some experience designing tools/assemblies using various CAD software.
  • Knowledge and understanding of cutting tool geometry and results of cut based on material being used; ability to understand and machine 3 dimensional surfaces.
  • Knowledge and understanding of types and hardness of materials.
  • Ability to machine varying materials.
  • Understand basic quality control concepts.
  • Some knowledge of the reaction of various materials to different welding processes.
  • Ability to work overtime on evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience with CNC machines and various aspects of machining, and MasterCAM and/or Gibbs CAD/CAM with HAAS and FADAL CNC programming experience.
  • Some Caltech experience desired.

Required Documents

  • Resume