Position: Machinist

Reports to: Machine Shop Group Lead


General Purpose of the Job:

Sets up and operates conventional, special purpose machines and machining centers to fabricate metallic and nonmetallic parts by performing the following duties.  Standard machine department equipment includes mills, lathe, drill press, surface grinder, inspection granite plate and accessories related to the machine process.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works cooperatively with customers, fellow employees, contractors, and management
  • Communicates with management, fellow staff, and customers any project concerns, project status, and possible area solutions
  • Completes all assigned tasks in a neat and timely fashion
  • Studies blueprints, sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work piece, sequence of operations, and setup requirements
  • Measures, marks, and scribes dimensions and reference points on material or work piece for subsequent machining as appropriate
  • Selects, aligns, and secures holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines such as mills, lathes, grinders
  • Calculates and sets controls to regulate machining factors such as speed, feed, coolant flow, and depth and angle of cut
  • Starts and observes machine operation to detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance machining, and adjusts machine controls as required
  • Verifies conformance of finished work piece to specifications. Inspects via appropriate measuring devices.  Detail number from drawing is stamped on machined piece
  • Confers with engineers, production personnel, or others to resolve machining problems
  • The Machinist signs off on the drawings and components are marked accordingly with proper job#/detail#
  • If there are any changes to be made to a blueprint, the Machinist red lines the drawing and tags the drawing with a red flag
  • The Machinist performs routine maintenance on the machine department equipment weekly to ensure proper working order
  • Organizes heat treatment and black oxide for machined components, once machining requirements are met
  • Verifies and only uses measuring instruments that are calibrated using a certified JOE block set, as detailed in clause 4.11
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of Solidworks.
  • Ability to operate and program 3-axis MillPwr NC milling machines
  • Computer competent for uploading and downloading NC programs to the NC Machine.
  • Ability to store and manage past current and future  programs for NC machine
  • Ability to develop and recommend machining schedules to accent output from our design department.
  • Understands NC formats
  • Ability to continually improve the output of the NC machines that are available.
  • Provide re-work support throughout IAI… Prioritizing according to Machine Shop Group Leaders direction
  • Develop best practices for machining efficiency.
  • Occasional travel as required within North America


Occupational Health and Safety Act Responsibilities:

Workers have a general duty to protect their own health and safety and that of others around them.  Workers must:

  • Work in compliance to the Act and Regulations
  • Use or wear any equipment, protective devices or clothing required by the employer
  • Not move or make ineffective any protective devices or clothing required by the employer
  • Report to the employer or supervisor any known hazards or missing or defective equipment or protective devices
  • Report any known violation of the Act or regulations to the employer or supervisor

Workers should be proactive about health and safety.  That means that workers must not only comply with the law, the employer’s policies and workplace procedures, but they should also make suggestions to improve health and safety.  Workers may also bring health and safety concerns and suggestions directly to the Joint Health and Safety Representative (Members names are listed on the Health and Safety Bulletin Board).


Physical Demands

This position may require frequent walking, as well as the occasional crouching, squatting, and kneeling.  Working in machining also requires constant cervical flexion, the chin to chest movement. Maximum lifting weight can reach about 50lbs, maximum carrying weight is about 20lbs, and the maximum pushing and pulling weights can reach 100-150lbs. Frequent forward reach with both arms is necessary as well as frequent grasping and handling. Working in this position requires a very strong ability to work alone and self-supervise as well as the ability to supervise others. It also requires the ability to handle attention to detail, tight deadlines, responsibility and accountability and the ability to multi-task.



Education Requirements and Experience

  • Minimum Certificate of Qualification for a Precision Metals (General Machinist, Mould Maker or Tool and Die Making)
  • Skills are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions


Innovative Automation welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.