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CNC Operator - Swiss Screw

  • Thorlabs
  • Newton, New Jersey, USA
  • Apr 23, 2024
Full time Management

Job Description

The position is responsible for the operation of various type of CNC Machines and manual equipment in compliance with inch and metric drawing specifications. Responsible for the proper use and maintenance of all measuring tools and devices used in inspection of all components. Works under general supervision. Although the location of the position is in Newton, NJ, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations.


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

  • Responsible for the operation of various CNC machines in compliance with inch and metric drawing specifications.
  • Monitors and inspects machined components coming off the machine for accuracy against specified standards on the drawings.
  • May be responsible for operating manual mills, lathes, and other secondary equipment as needed.
  • Responsible for general housekeeping in the work area which includes preventative maintenance on the CNC machines.


In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

  • Meeting company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work-related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Physical Activities:

Work may be active, could stand or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. Exerts up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally. While performing the duties, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. Some employees may come into contact with potentially harmful chemicals or fumes, but ventilation systems normally minimize any harmful effects, and the work areas may be noisy at times.



  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in a similar position preferred plus training in CNC Programming 


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

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • General understanding of blueprint reading and geometric tolerancing, a plus.
  • Strong sense of ownership and work ethic, written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills is a must
  • Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere, with minimal supervision and comply with high quality standards.
  • Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.

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 identify 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.