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Machinist III (CNC)
R6016Manufacturing production
Lakehurst, NJFull-Time

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The Machinist III supports the Prototype and Manufacturing Division (PMD) machine shop at Lakehurst.  The Prototype and Manufacturing Division provides critical hardware to the fleet. We overhaul arresting engines and launch valves and are the sole source of supply for the cables used for aircraft arrestment (i.e., purchase cables and cross deck pendants), we manufacture hardware in response to fleet emergencies, and we manufacture a wide range of support equipment and test this equipment appropriately. We are the sole source of supply and last source of supply for critical hardware that is essential to Navy Fleet operations.

PMD produces a large range of machined components from small components approximately one inch in size to large frames and equipment bases that are over 30 feet long.  This particular position would involve the operation of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mills, lathes, grinders, drill presses, and various electric and pneumatic hand tools.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Operates computer numerical control machines to fabricate new and replacement parts for mechanical equipment.

Plans machining by studying written instructions and specifications.  Interprets blueprints, drawings, manuals, specifications or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work pieces, sequence of operations and set up requirements.  Establishes dimensions and tolerances and lays out work accordingly. 

Uses a variety of machinist hand tools and precision measuring instruments to set up and operate standard machine tools.

Measures and marks dimensions and reference points on material or work pieces as a guide for subsequent machining.

Aligns and secures holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials onto machines.

Selects the appropriate tools, machines, and materials to be used in preparation of machinery work. 

Monitors the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.  Machines parts to specifications using machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.

Sets up, adjusts, and operates all of the basic machine tools and many specialized or advanced variation tools to perform precision machining operations.

Detects equipment malfunctions or out of tolerance machining and adjusts machine, within capabilities, controls or control media as required to ensure quality of productions.  Reports all machine malfunctions.

May help to resolve machining or quality issues.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and co-workers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions as the best of own ability.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including commitment to integrity, knowledge/quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative/motivation, cooperation/relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral/written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability/dependability, flexibility and ownership/accountability of actions taken.


Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance with all applicable rules (federal, state, local, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Prime Contract requirements, etc.) for themselves and the company as a whole. Fosters an environment in which they will report any violations or reasonably suspected violation of CNI policy, FAR, and/or CFR and are comfortable discussing the myriad compliance, conflict, FAR, CFR, etc. issues that arise during the performance of a government contract.


High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) and:

  • Five (5) + years' experience with CNC set-up and operation at a level that would be obtained working in a machine shop and/or through a vocational school program.
  • Strong understanding of Fanuc control systems
  • Understanding and programming skills of MasterCam
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and prints.
  • Ability to operate equipment based on oral instructions.
  • Ability to use basic measuring tools to confirm work piece dimensions.
  • Sufficient math skills to calculate distances, angles, take-offs, etc.
  • Must have MasterCam experience.


GD&T certification is a must have.


Experience operating manual and CNC machines in a manufacturing environment.  This experience shall include the setting up of jobs including the selection and mounting of vises, selection of correct cutters, properly setting machine operating and feed speeds, and related tasks. 

Ability to operate heavy machinery from setup to operation to produce parts and tools from various metals, plastic, or other materials.

Ability to determine the type of tools and equipment needed to perform a job.

Ability to produce precision parts with close tolerances.

Experience performing CNC programming is preferred but not required.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals, ability to write routine reports and correspondence, ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals., ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form, ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in a factory, machine shop or construction environment. Ability to move or transfer products and to lift up to 50 lbs., when required. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The ability to verbally communicate alarms or warnings clearly, concisely, loudly and quickly, to clearly and quickly hear or otherwise sense alarms or warnings and take appropriate action. Frequently required to maintain equilibrium to prevent falling when moving, walking, standing, kneeling or crouching - particularly on narrow, uneven, irregular, slippery surfaces, going up or down ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles or other objects using hands, arms, feet or legs. Frequently required to bend the body downward and forward, bending leg and spine - working in a bent over position.  Frequently required to sense physical attributes such as size, shape, temperature, texture or sharpness of an object by touching. Frequently required to grasp, grip or apply pressure to an object with the fingers and palm, holding an object in the hand.  Frequently required to lift, raise or lower objects in a vertical direction, particularly heavy or bulky objects.  Moving objects backward, forward, in or out in a horizontal direction, particularly heavy or bulky objects.  Pulling, exerting a steady backward, downward, upward or outward force against an object - jerking, plucking, wrenching, stretching, towing, drawing, dragging or tugging objects in a sustained motion.  Pushing, pressing against something with steady forward, downward, upward or outward force - shoving, pushing, compressing, squeezing, mashing, packing, pressing, jamming, compacting, or squashing objects in a sustained motion. The ability to see and distinguish colors, to visually distinguish shapes and patterns, to accurately sense distances (depth perception), to accurately see objects and detect motion at wide angles (peripheral vision).  Frequently uses the lower extremities and back muscles and moving on foot, particularly for long distances. May have exposure to indoor/outdoor adverse weather conditions. Frequent exposure to noise - workers must wear protective hearing equipment or frequently shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.  Exposure to pollutants or allergens which can adversely affect the skin and/or the respiratory system such as gases, smoke, odors, mists, fumes, dust, chemicals, oils or solvents. Exposure to hazardous working conditions including moving machinery, electricity and/or working in high places. May be exposed to hot objects, flames or sparks. The job requires the use of protective equipment such as hard hats, respirators, aprons, gloves, special clothing, safety shoes and safety glasses. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

CNI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • 401(k)


  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Training and Development Opportunities


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

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