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Machine Operator

Location: Richland
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Company Overview:

Columbia Energy & Environmental Services, Inc. (Columbia Energy) has been in business for over 30 years. We began as an engineering firm in support of nuclear cleanup operations for the U.S. Department of Energy at Hanford in Richland, Washington. We have progressively grown from our origins into a full-service engineering and fabrication company providing cost-effective solutions in the nuclear, defense, energy, and hazardous waste industries.

We are an established, woman-owned small business headquartered in Richland, Washington. We offer full-service engineering, design, fabrication, instrumentation and controls, electrical, database and software engineering, technology development, and geophysics/subsurface imaging. We also have facilities in Tucson, Arizona and Aiken, South Carolina. We are presently licensed to provide engineering within the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and South Carolina.

We are currently looking to hire one full time permanent Machine Operator to join our growing team! We offer competitive wages, great benefits and a positive work environment.

Job Summary:

The Machine Operator is able and willing to perform work throughout all stages of machining and can thrive in a procedurally oriented and fast paced environment. This role is responsible for checking their parts for configuration accuracy and dimensional verification prior to turning over to QC. A Machine Operator operates computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, such as lathes and milling machines, to produce precision parts for final assemblies, machines, instruments, and tools. This position repairs or produces parts using both manual and automated equipment with precise measurements.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

Perform all duties in a safe and professional manner and in accordance with established Company policies and procedures.

Read and understand engineering drawings and ASME Y14.5 symbols. Operate various machine tools, including CNC Mills and CNC Lathes, as well as manual lathes and mills, using blueprints, sketches or shop drawings for each operation to create rough or finished parts to exacting tolerances. Plan operational sequences, determine method of holding work, and select tooling required to machine parts in conformance with exact tolerances as dictated by drawings, sketches, or other authorizing documents. Maintain high quality and productivity levels through application of the most effective machining techniques in compliance with the procedures for each operation. Ability to write simple programs for short run parts using sketches, blueprints or shop drawings, or with supervisory approval, edit existing programs to expedite jobs and improve work quality. Calculate and layout reference points, angles, and other dimensions from sketches, blueprints, or shop drawings using shop mathematics, including geometry and trigonometry. Verify conformance of machined parts to reference documentation through the accurate use of precision measuring instruments and standardized measuring techniques. Set up and operate multiple CNC and manual machining equipment and workstations. Load/unload/inspect components to Operational Method Sheets (OMS) by use of proper gaging equipment. Make offsets and adjustments as required. Investigate and efficiently assist with diagnosis and resolution of equipment and quality problems, production delays or stoppages. Independently adjust and maintain part specifications and replenish component components. Inform Facilitator or Department Manager about processes or equipment requiring attention. Complete documentation as required or requested. Participate in completion of continuous improvement projects specifically designed to improve processes, productivity and quality, especially those related to corrective actions. Cut and Machine parts in accordance with Project documentation without need for direct supervision. Sufficient working knowledge of materials to determine the proper feeds and speeds for most efficient cutting. Design and fabricate fixtures as necessary to perform individual machining projects. Perform self-verification dimensioning of completed parts and assemblies before inspection to ensure quality of work performed meets or exceeds acceptance criteria. Interface with QA/QC personnel. Measure work pieces to determine accuracy and acceptability per given requirements. Ensure that all documentation is correctly filled out and kept current as work progresses. Keep a clean and organized work area.

Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Minimum of 2 years experience in machining. Knowledge in programing multi axis CNC machines (Mills and Lathes). Ability to proficiently operate manual machines (Lathes, mills, and surface grinders). Minimum of 2 years experience using programming software. Have a strong aptitude in measuring equipment (Micrometers, calipers, height gauges, etc.). Ability to read, write and comprehend both verbal communications and written directions. Must pass an employment record, criminal background check and a drug screen (drug and alcohol free workplace).

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in R&D or Prototype fabrication. Experience working to a NQA-1 program. Experience in Fanuc and Mitsubishi controls. GibbsCAM CNC software exp. MasterCam software exp.

Key Success Attributes:

Strong attention to detail Team Player Positive attitude that contributes to a positive work environment Maintain a quick and steady pace throughout your work shift Highly motivated self-starter with ability to perform well with varying degrees of supervision

Core Competencies:

Consistency and Reliability Communication Trustworthiness and Ethics Meeting Standards


Generous compensation plan Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Company Paid Life Insurance Tuition Reimbursement Paid Time Off (PTO) Paid Holidays 401K Plan

Physical Requirements:

Employee will be required to adhere to large amounts of standing, walking, bending, squatting, and lifting. Will talk and hear to communicate. Will use arms and hands to signal, grab, hold, turn, push, pull: objects, materials, controls and tools repetitively. May be required to lift, carry and move up to 50lbs. Must have enough manual dexterity and stability as required for precision work. Must be able to see details at close range. Will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to: hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, ear plugs/muffs, masks/respirators, safety vests, gloves and leather work boots. Will be required to work in hot/cold/damp environments.

Working Conditions while Performing Essential Functions: This position is performed in a shop. The atmosphere is fast paced and deadline oriented with focus on safety and quality.

Columbia Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal and state law.

Keywords: COLUMBIA ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, Richland , Machine Operator, Other , Richland, Washington

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