CNC Lathe Setup Machinist

Job Summary

The Lathe Machinist sets-up, operates, and adjusts CNC machines and manual equipment to fabricate close tolerance, high quality parts from metals, plastics, and composite materials in strict conformity to prescribed specifications/requirements, production schedules, & safety regulations.

This is not an entry-level position.  A minimum of 3 years' experience in setup and run is required (5 years is desired).

Key Responsibilities

  • Setup and run 3 axis CNC Mills and CNC Lathes with minimal supervision

  • Teach tools, make offset adjustments, recognize broken tools, and adjust accordingly

  • Read & interpret engineering drawings

  • Ensure correct material was issued per plan and is free from defects

  • Utilize inspection tools required to manufacture parts

  • Perform machine maintenance and service tasks to keep machines running at optimal performance

  • Utilize GD&T, shop algebra, and trigonometry

  • Follow all company rules, policies, safety regulations, OSHA, ITAR, AS9100, & quality standards

  • Collaborate with peers & leads to maximize productivity & efficiency

  • Provide a great level of attention & focus on the given task

  • Keep work area clean & organized


  • Minimum of 3 years experience with setup and run (5 years desired)

  • Ablity to setup and run CNC Lathes with minimal supervision. Experience with Mazatrol, live tooling, or sub-spindle lathes is a plus.

  • Ability to teach tools, make offset adjustments, recognize broken tools and adjust accordingly.

  • Must be able to read and interpret engineering drawings to make tight tolerance parts to spec.

  • Ability to use inspection tools including but not limited to micrometers, calipers, height gauges.

  • Experience with CMM’s/Tracker arms a plus.

  • Knowledge of proper clamping and machining process to mitigate vibration, chatter and distortion.

  • Ability to cut a variety of materials both ferrous and non-ferrous, stainless and nickel steels, exotic metals, and composites.

  • Surface grinder experience desired.

  • Knowledge and willingness to perform machine maintenance and service tasks to keep machines running at optimal performance.

  • GD&T, Shop Algebra, and Trig will be commonly used.

  • Ability to take guidance from shop-lead, and production manager to help with shop practices and processes.

  • Being a team player is critical

  • Ability to lift 45lbs and push/pull; constantly stand & walk; frequently bend at the waist and twist; occasional kneeling & crawling

  • Specific vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

  • Must be able to effectively read, write, and speak the English language

  • This is an ITAR regulated facility; must be a Citizen or national of the United States or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence under the Immigration Nationality Act


We offer a competitive wage (DOE) with paid holidays & paid time off. Medical and life insurance is available along with a company 401(k) plan. Day shift hours are Monday through Thursday 6:30am to 5:00pm.

Camtec is currently looking into a state credited journeyman program. We would encourage all of our machinists to take part. It will be a program that provides you with knowledge and practices that will take your machining skills to that of a journeyman-level machinist.

Camtec is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.