Flexible Machining System Operator

Website Boeing

Job Highlights

Title Flexible Machining System Operator
Type Full Time (2nd shift
Experience 1+ Years
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Portland, OR, United States
Company Boeing

Company Profile

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services.

Job Profile

The company is searching for a Flexible Machining System Operator who will set up, operate, and adjust numerous types of Numerically Controlled (NC) Flexible Machining Systems (i.e., one or more machines), utilizing pre-planned control media or program documents to produce close tolerance, high-quality parts using process and quality control systems.

Education Level

  • High School Diploma or GED (preferred)
  • Trade School Diploma in Machining

Work Experience

  • 1+ years of experience in operating Manual and CNC machine
  • 1+ years of experience in 5-Axis/3-Axis NC/CNC Milling Machine


  • Adjust minor machine settings (e.g., coolant) to correct machining problems or to prepare the machine for the next operation in sequence.
  • Assist NC Programming and Maintenance, as required.
  • Attach/adjust machine accessories, tools, and fixtures (e.g., coolant lines, air nozzles, suction devices, etc.), using tools such as dial indicators, probes, gauges, hand tools, overhead cranes, and other material handling devices.
  • Check machine(s) set-up or parts and review process steps to determine progress on a job, as required.
  • Check work after completion of each operation in a job or complete the job to ensure parts are complete per drawing/process and there are no defects (e.g., tool marks, mismatch, incorrect surface finish, etc.). If a nonconformance is identified, prepare the required nonconformance (i.e. pinky) information and enter it into an electronic system.
  • Ensure safe working conditions exist (e.g., machine, tooling, shop area) before beginning, as required.
  • Handle, use, and dispose of hazardous materials (e.g., coolants, solvents) in an approved manner per Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), following shop procedures and using personal protective equipment (PPE), as required.
  • Identify the type of set-up required. Verify fixtures and tooling and select accessories and holding devices for the machine(s) (e.g., chucks, vises, turntables, templates). Verify that the apparatus is in good condition.
  • Install cutters into various tool-holding systems using spindle tapers, hand tools, or overhead cranes. Set correct cutter gauge length, check and adjust tool runout, and balance high-speed cutters, as required. Ensure safety procedures are followed during operation.
  • Load and unload cutters into the machine tool chain position following program information or set-up documents.
  • Maintain tool and employee certifications, as required.
  • Monitor machine(s) for abnormal operations such as unusual vibration, chip build-up, broken tooling, etc.; intervene, as required.
  • Obtain work from scheduling production systems, as required.
  • Perform continuous autonomous maintenance (e.g., lubrication points, air filtration systems, tank/coolant levels, etc.), as required. Submit maintenance requests, as needed.
  • Perform machine accuracy and reliability checks (e.g., measuring equipment, calibrations) using probes, indicators, and standards. Submit maintenance requests, as needed.
  • Perform Statistical Process Control (SPC) and data collection functions to develop reliable processes, as required.
  • Prepare to set up jobs (e.g., production orders, first lots, tool tryouts) or run previously set-up jobs by reviewing work orders, NC documents, operator or setup documents, prints, CATIA plots, and other digital media.
  • Remove all sharp edges for safe handling with de-burring tools, as required.
  • Review Work Order to ensure correct material (e.g., type and quantity) and tools or fixtures were issued and are free from visible defects, as required.
  • Run CNC programs to rough and finish machine parts following NC documents and other work instructions.
  • Select and check cutting tools per program or CNC documents. Ensure cutters are the correct type, length, diameter, and radius and are in good condition.
  • Set machine(s) coordinates or index points per CNC documents, including cutter offset/compensations, tool heights, and probes, using controller keyboard, coaxial indicator or digital readout, height blocks, and shims.
  • Set up, identify, and define cutting tool characteristics using computerized pre-setting equipment and tool management systems, as required.
  • Upload/download Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) programs and cell controller programs from various databases and servers to operate multiple systems (e.g., flexible machine system (FMS), remote guided vehicle system (RGV)). Troubleshoot minor controller problems, as required.
  • Perform 5S duties, as required.


  • Capable of lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 35 pounds.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Work with others as part of a team which includes working safely giving and receiving feedback, and assisting others in the completion of tasks; possess interpersonal, listening, and participation skills.


  • Career
  • Community
  • Compensation
  • Financial Security
  • Health
  • Life

Employer’s Statement

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.boeing.com.

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