CNC Operator

Website Universal Industries

CNC Operator Job Highlights

Title CNC Operator
Type Full Time
Experience 1-2 Years
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Cedar Falls, IA, United States
Company Universal Industries

Company Profile

Universal Industries designs and manufactures quality and reliable equipment such as bucket elevators, grain legs, slider belt conveyors, idler bed conveyors, continuous cup elevators, and grain and commodities equipment that is suitable for a wide variety of industries and materials.

Job Profile

The company is looking for a CNC Operator who will set up and operate CNC machines (lasers, brake presses, folders, etc.) to cut, bend, punch, form, arc, or straighten metal plates or sheet metal and structural shapes to blueprint specifications.

Educational Qualification

Work Experience

  • Possess 1 to 2 years related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Excellent attendance/reliability and willingness to work overtime when necessary according to the contract guidelines.
  • Use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Keep the work area clean, work in a safe manner, and comply with plant safety rules and regulations at all times.
  • Responsible for the quality of parts you produce and responsible for reporting any nonconforming parts to the Supervisor immediately.
  • Complete scheduled work and tasks within the time allotted or if unable to, Supervisor must be notified.
  • Maintains a good working relationship with his/her fellow associates and keeps his/her supervisor advised of all situations within the work area.
  • Selects programs, makes changes due to material tolerances if necessary, and runs CNC machines (lasers, brake presses, folder, etc.) to produce parts to print.
  • Responsibilities include multi-tasking daily to make sure that both lasers are running while continuing work on brake presses and folders. Works in a rotation to maintain skills on all programmable lasers, brake presses, and folders as required.
  • Report any machine, tooling, or fixture problems to Supervisor immediately.
  • Recommend proposals for improving products, processes, systems, productivity, and work environment (Continuous Improvement Process).
  • Responsible for following Lockout/Tagout procedure.
  • Participate in required OSHA training and other safety training as required.
  • Performs work within labor standards for job assignments.
  • Follows established procedures for accurate inventory control. Selects, positions, and aligns dies in machine ram and bed.
  • Turns setscrews or bolts to fasten the clamp bar that holds the die in position.
  • Turns adjustment screws to set specified pressure of ram and clearance between dies to the thickness of metal, as indicated by calibrated scale or feeders.
  • Lays out or details layout on work stock from blueprints or templates. Positions workpiece manually or with crane, to align layout marks to dies.
  • Learns and maintains knowledge of CNC machines with automation to run at optimal operation. Starts machine to lower ram or depresses pedal to activate ram that bends or cuts metal.
  • Sets the stops on the machine bed and reposition stock to run successive pieces, or to perform multiple operations.
  • Verifies dimensions of the workpiece.
  • Performs daily maintenance and troubleshoots laser(s)/press (es)/folder(s) to ensure proper performance of machinery.
  • Operates manufacturing computer system in relation to time card and work order data entry.
  • Participates in all required rotations to ensure continued cross-training for all press department jobs.
  • Consolidates and combines jobs with similar group codes to eliminate or reduce unnecessary or redundant set-ups.
  • Maintains acceptable direct labor hours and efficiency percentages. Helps train employees on press department machines as required.


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, blueprints, written work instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.
  • Ability to add, subtracts, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • 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.

Physical Demands

  • Regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • Occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Must regularly lift or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Mechanical lifting equipment is available to assist in lifting or moving workpieces.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

  • Regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts.
  • Frequently exposed to vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


  • The company offers competitive benefits that include health, dental, life insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, 401k, and more.

Employer’s Statement

Universal Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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