Job Title: CNC Setup Machinist
Production Department, Kings Mountain, NC.

Position Summary:

The CNC Setup Machinist is responsible for machining operations required to manufacture and repair (re-manufacture) fluid film bearings, seals and “contract machining” including Pioneer’s many quality specifications (such as for re-babbitting, ultrasonic testing, etc.) as well as customers’ specifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Carries out a variety of machining operations for new production and repair (remanufacture) activities for all jobs in keeping with effective human relations, effective operations, and cost factors.
  • Set-up, operate and tear down manual, automatic, or computer numeric controlled (CNC) machine tools.
  • Maintains a clean, safe, good looking working environment, recommends to the Departmental Lead Person necessary or advisable expenditures on equipment to maintain excellent housekeeping habits and maintenance.
  • Maintains safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.
  • Perform daily maintenance of machines as required and keep supervisor informed of necessary maintenance beyond operator ability.
  • Plans Machining by working from blueprints, sketches, or computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files. Calculate dimensions using measuring instrument.
  • Install, align, secure and adjust cutting tools and workpieces.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines.
  • Turn, mill, drill and grind machine parts to specifications.
  • Measure, examine, and test completed products for defects.
  • Deburr all surfaces of parts and products to ensure that they conform to specifications.
  • Becomes aware of and abides by all applicable State and Federal environmental and worker safety laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Documents actions by completing production and quality logs.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications.
  • Help develop and champion a lean culture with continuous improvement through the company.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to work first/second shift (X:XX am – X:XX pm, Monday-Friday).


Technical degree from a trade or school or community college; or 2 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience on CNC Machines.   Basic metal working knowledge and experience preferred as it relates to manufacturing, machining operations and repairing fluid film bearings.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures and company, customer and governmental specifications and regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers and co-workers.

Math Ability:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, trigonometry, and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

Strong PC skills and basic knowledge of all Microsoft Office products.   Knowledge of CNC, CAD, CAM.

Certificates and Licenses:

Must have a current, valid driver’s license.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, consisting for the most part of rotating machine tools in the shop, and typical office equipment in the office.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  “Adjust focus” means the ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus. This is required when doing close work at varying distances from the eye. Some examples are;  Shifting gaze from viewing a computer monitor at a distance of several feet to forms that are closer to compare data and Inspecting blueprints and other technical drawings and at times small subcomponents of parts, using unaided vision as well as magnifiers and precision gauges.

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.