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CNC Machinist, 2nd Shift

  • Thorlabs
  • Newton, New Jersey, USA
  • Jan 27, 2023
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

Thorlabs’ machine shop has over 50 CNC spindles and is adding 5+ new spindles per year. In 2020 our shop will move into a new, custom built, 150,000sqft state-of-the-art facility with over 50,000 sqft devoted to the machine shop. We are looking for qualified CNC machinists capable of meeting our current and future needs. The standard 2nd shift hours are from 4pm to 2:30am, which is a minimum of 10 hours of overtime each week. In addition the 2nd shift is paid a differential for the entire shift. If the overtime isn’t desired we can offer flexibility on start/finish times within the 2nd shift. The benefits package includes health care, paid time off, 401k with matching, and more. After 1 year, 2nd shift employees are eligible to apply for 1st shift openings.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Performs set ups on both Vertical and Horizontal CNC Milling Machines (3 & 4 axis).
    • Experience with Haas and Fanuc controls.
    • Understanding of Virtual Gibbs and manual programming (G codes/M codes).
    • Familiar with the operation of DNC systems.
  • Machines and/or fabricating precision tools and fixturing to tight tolerances and complex geometries based on specifications.
  • Solid understanding of mechanical design and dimensioning principles which includes reading blueprints and geometric tolerances comprehension.
  • Demonstrates a high level of knowledge in programming and overall machine operation.
  • Understands material properties (rates of expansion, strength, hardness) and special machining requirements.
  • Measures, inspects and troubleshoots dimensions of finished work pieces to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Completes routine and priority tasks defined by management to ensure on time deliveries.
  • Performs periodic machine maintenance such as but not limited to dismantling or partly dismantling machines and performing repairs that mainly involve the use of hand tools in scraping and fitting parts.
  • Comply with safety regulations and maintains a clean and orderly work space




  • 4 years of experience in a similar position preferred
  • CNC Programming



  • High School Diploma or equivalent or equivalent work experience
  • CNC certification or CNC Trade School, a major plus


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Setup Time Reduction a plus
  • Prototyping experience a plus
  • Strong sense of ownership and work ethic
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team
  • Comply with high quality standards


Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.