General Machinist

Website Boeing

General Machinist Job Highlights

Title General Machinist
Type Full Time
Experience Required
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Auburn, WA, 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 (Boeing Commercial Airlines) is hiring a General Machinist who will set up, operate, and adjust numerous types of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) single and multiple tool machining centers. These machines may include lathes, planers, and milling machines.

Utilize custom control media, setups, and program documents, to fabricate close tolerance, high-quality parts from metals, plastics, and composite materials.

Education Level

  • High School Graduate or GED (preferred)

Work Experience

  • 2+ years of experience setting up and operating Manual or CNC machines
  • 2+ years of experience using Microsoft Office applications such as SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Project
  • 2+ years of experience in a manufacturing or assembly environment
  • 2+ years of experience in a role that required strong attention to detail
  • 2+ years of experience using basic math (e.g. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • 2+ years of experience using CAD/CAM software
  • 2+ years of experience using precision measuring tools and equipment such as micrometers, calipers, or dial indicators
  • 2+ years of experience working with detailed work instructions, reading and interpreting blueprints, drawings, or specifications
  • 2+ years of experience working with Mastercam


  • Adjust machine settings (e.g., speeds and feeds) to correct machining problems or to prepare the machine for the next operation in sequence. Perform editing of CNC programs per shop requirements.
  • Assist other employees with setups, methods, and procedures, by passing on verbal and written information and answering questions.
  • Attach machine accessories, tools, and shop aides, using dial indicators, edge finders, wrenches, bolts, clamps, and overhead cranes.
  • Check work during each operation or after the completed job to ensure parts are complete per drawing/plan and that there are no defects (e.g., tool marks, mismatch, incorrect cutter finish).
  • Develop and perform Statistical Process Control (SPC) functions, if required.
  • Ensure that correct material (e.g., type and quantity) is issued per plan and is free from defects. Select appropriate tools, as required.
  • Generate (NC) Numerically Controlled programs and setup documents, using an online computer system and math (e.g., algebra, geometry, trigonometry), as required.
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous materials (e.g., coolants, solvents) in an approved manner per Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), using personal protective equipment, as required.
  • Identify the type of set-up required to machine part/assembly.
  • Load and unload cutters following program information or set-up documents, using tool holders, spindle tapers, hand tools (e.g., wrenches, mallets, spanners), or overhead cranes.
  • Maintain personal and tool certifications, as required.
  • Monitor the machine during operation for unusual vibrations or sounds, watch machine gauges and controller display or digital readout for warnings, and visually check cutter path, clearance, and chips to ensure smooth operation.
  • Perform layout/lofting on parts/assemblies, as required.
  • Perform machining operations using manual/CNC machines, 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, tie-in sheets, operator’s or setup documents, drawings, or CATIA plots.
  • Run CNC programs to machine rough and precision cut parts following CNC documents.
  • 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.
  • Select machine accessories and holding devices (e.g., chucks, vises, turntables). Verify that the apparatus is in good condition. Identify fixtures or shop aids to be built and fabricated, using appropriate equipment (e.g., mill, lathe, bandsaw, drill press, sander, grinder), as required.
  • Set machine coordinates or index points per CNC documents, including cutter offset/compensations, tool heights, and probes, using controller keyboard, coax indicator or digital readout, height blocks, shims, and edge finders.
  • Troubleshoot and edit program media (e.g., Media Tryout (MTO), as required.
  • Upload/download CNC programs to the machine controller, using computing programs from various servers/databases.


  • Ability to lift, push, and pull up to 35 pounds frequently within an 8-hour shift

Work Environment

  • This position is expected to be 100% onsite.
  • Required to work onsite at one of the listed location options.
  • This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.


  • The benefit programs include health insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement savings plans, life and disability insurance programs, and several programs that provide for both paid and unpaid time away from work.

Employer’s Statement

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All the 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.

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