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CNC Milling & Lathe Operator - Buffalo Grove, IL

Post Date: 09/26/2021

Req. Number: 90750

City: Buffalo Grove

State: Illinois

Zip Code: 60089


Goodwill TalentBridge, a full service staffing and recruitment firm, is part of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, the largest of the 165 Goodwill territories in North America. With more than 90 years of experience in Workforce Development and job training, Goodwill is helping thousands of people find work in the communities we serve, including 13 counties in Wisconsin and 10 counties in Illinois.

Goodwill TalentBridge is actively recruiting for CNC Machine Operators and Set Up Persons for our client in the Buffalo Grove area.

These are DIRECT HIRE, SECOND SHIFT opportunities with competitive pay and a great benefits package. M – F: 2:30pm - 11:00pm with OT potential. Pay commensurate with experience.

CNC training or equivalent experience required. Set up and programming a plus.

These positions for CNC Milling and Lathe Operators are to manufacture parts from raw material to completion per blueprint.

Operator Responsibilities:

  • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures
  • Remove and replace dull cutting tools, fixtures, or other parts from equipment
  • Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds and adjust machines as needed
  • Adjust machine feed and speed, change cutting tools, or adjust machine controls
  • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement
  • Set up and operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces
  • Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpieces dimensions, or numerical control sequences
  • Stack or load finished items or place items on conveyor systems or inside required packaging
  • Clean machines, tooling, or parts, using solvents or solutions and rags
  • Transfer commands from servers to CNC modules, using computer network links

Set Up Responsibilities

  • Program & set up machine tools according to specifications, tooling instructions and standard charts and applying knowledge of machining methods
  • Reads blueprints or job orders for product specifications, such as dimensions & tolerances, tooling instructions such as fixtures, feed rates, cutting speeds and depth of cut and determine sequence of operations
  • Select, position and secure tools in tool holders
  • Move controls to position tool and work-piece in relation to each other and to set specified feeds, speeds and depth of cut
  • Observe the operation of the machine and verify conformance of machined work-piece to specifications, using measuring instruments such as fixed gauges, calipers and micrometers
  • Replace worn equipment components and replenishing cutting fluid
  • Clean and maintain a safe workspace
  • Continuous learning & improvement


Knowledge & Skills


  • High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
  • Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, NIMS, CNC Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
  • 2-3 years of CNC Operation or 1-2 years of CNC Set Up Experience


  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of finished components.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.



  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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