CNC Machine Shop Trainer/Sr. Lead

Title: CNC Machine Shop Trainer/Sr. Lead
Location: Seattle, Washington
Dept.: Machine Shop
Reports to: Production Manager
Hours: First Shift, Full Time M-F
Posted Date: May 22, 2014 – June 22, 2014



The successful candidate will possess the ability to actively coordinate and implement the on-the-job employee training program, set up and operate computer numerical control (CNC) three axes vertical and four axis horizontal mills with FMS to fabricate complex metallic and nonmetallic parts. The candidate will also be responsible for:

  • Overseeing 9 Okuma vertical and 3 horizontal mills to ensure maximum productivity by managing work flow and job assignments
  • Dynamically engaging, supporting, training, mentoring, and developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of employees to their optimal machining potential



  • Effectively train employees resulting in machine skill development, proficiency and upward mobility.  Adopt training methodologies to ensure effectiveness for visually impaired, blind. Deaf blind and sighted employees
  • Participate in achievement of employee training plan goals and objectives.  Conduct learning activities and evaluate employee progress towards attaining training objectives
  • Independently analyzes blueprints, sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, programs, work orders and/or templates to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work piece, sequence of operations and setup requirements
  • Independently selects, aligns, and secures holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories and materials on machines primarily on the Okuma horizontal mill.
  • Edits computerized machine programs to improve production and accessibility
  • Facilitates and observes machine operation to detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance machining and adjusts machine controls or computer programs as required
  • Verifies conformance of finished work piece to specifications
  • Sets up and operates machine on trial run to verify accuracy of machine settings or part program
  • Monitors machines and tests operation of unit to ensure functionality and performance of programming and tooling for new parts
  • Confers with supervisors/leads, engineers, inspectors, programmers or others to resolve machining and production problems to improve efficiencies
  • Ensures the adherence to production safety and health standards, policies and procedures by monitoring personnel, machinery and work environment.  Immediately notifies supervisor and/or Human Resources of any safety and health concerns and problems
  • Using on-the-job production work, computer lab, classroom and hands-on individual instruction to teach employees with a range of skill levels and backgrounds
  • Follow the established accessibility protocol for training, communication and instructional materials within the Production Training Program.  This includes use of interpreters, ensuring materials are accessible such as large print, Braille, audio, etc.
  • Responsible for production skill assessments for on-the-job demonstrated competencies
  • Provide instruction for safety principles, operations, nomenclature, and standards of production for quality, productivity and cost on machines such as manual sheer, manual mill, CNC mill and production machines including a 5 axis CNC machine, cutoff saw, pedestal grinder, drill press, and water-jet
  • Teach related skills including use of precision measuring tools such as talking calipers and blueprint reading
  • Connect with staff of the AJAC apprenticeship program, Training Coordinator and production management to support the AJAC apprentices and mentors as needed.  Ensure the Lighthouse machinist training program and AJAC training program are complimentary and aligned
  • Work effectively with students from academically, culturally and economically diverse backgrounds

Minimum Requirements:

  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent
  • At least 5 years of CNC machinist experience
  • Experience with Okuma mill preferred
  • Strong ability to understand complex instructions, procedures and policies and give clear technical assistance and feedback to co-workers
  • Thorough knowledge of machine shop geometry and trigonometry
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to monitor, analyze and edit CNC programming.
  • Advanced ability to use precision measuring tools
  • Advanced ability to evaluate the condition of all standard and special cutters, materials and tools
  • Thorough familiarity with CNC machinery and their individual parts
  • Independent understanding of work-orders, blueprints, tooling and department workflow
  • Strong knowledge of quality system concepts and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and instruct in a classroom setting
  • Proven ability and experience training in a machine shop environment
  • Working knowledge of American Sign Language preferred
  • CPR/First Aid certification preferred


Equal Opportunity Employer M/F

Please send cover letter and resume to or to:

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Attn.: Kevin Daniel
2501 S. Plum Street
Seattle, Washington 98144

Telephone: (206) 973-4060
Fax: (206) 436-2244

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