CNC Machinist Sr.

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Title: CNC Machinist Sr.
Location: Seattle, Washington
Dept.: Machine Shop
Reports to: Production Manager
Hours: Full Time M/F


Sets up, and operates computer numerical control (CNC) three axes vertical and four axis horizontal mills with FMS to fabricate complex metallic and nonmetallic parts by performing the following duties.


  • 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.
  • Starts 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 or production problems.
  • 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 Director of any safety and health concerns and problems.


  • 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.
  • Working knowledge of American Sign Language preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F

Please send application to or to:

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

Telephone: (206) 436-2160
Fax: (206) 436-2244
TTY: (206) 324-1388

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