Prototype Machinist



This position as a Prototype Machinist begins status as “Introductory Trainee” for 60 consecutive days during which time Supervisory staff will evaluate whether the employee is suited for the position. If the employee is determined to be suitable for the job, status will then advance to “Regular Employee” on the first of the month following the 60 day introductory period and Company benefits will commence (Refer to Benefit Summary sheet inside application).

Assignment will primarily be on first shift, although all employees must remain available for assignment to any shift as the needs of the Company may change. Hourly rate is D.O.E.

Additionally, the successful applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.


Must be a high school graduate, at least 18 years of age, and possess good math skills; adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and basic algebra/trigonometry. Additionally, must be able to write clearly and communicate with ease. Exceptional problem-solving skills and excellent eyesight with or without correction is required.

Working conditions require great mobility. Must be able to consistently move/maneuver weights of 35 to 75 pounds and occasionally lift weights of 35 to 45 pounds. Other physical aspects require bending, stooping, squatting and standing on concrete floors for long periods at a time. Also required to climb ladders, retrieve materials from storage, etc. This individual will be expected to have their own hand tools and be willing to get dirty. Job assignments may change depending on the needs of the company.

The successful candidate must be an experienced operator of manual and CNC machine tools; including lathes, mills, and grinders. Additionally, excellent fabrication skills with both sheet metal and structural shapes are required. Excellent mechanical aptitude and the ability to use precision measuring instruments (micrometers, calipers, height gage, bore gages, optical comparators, etc) is essential. Must understand and expertly apply standard machine shop practices to include drilling, milling, reaming, turning, boring, threading, facing, grinding, heat treating, sawing, file work, etc. Must have experience holding exacting tolerances to .0005” and be capable of measuring to these tolerances. Must be comfortable with advanced manual machine shop practices and set ups such as the use of dividing heads, rotary tables, sine plates, etc.

The ability to work with all materials and processes to create prototypes is necessary. Must be able to look at product designs and determine the best method (machining, molding, stamping, fabrication, etc) to produce prototypes. Material selection may be required, and the ability to work with metals, polymers, ceramics, wood, etc is necessary. In this position, if the employee does not know something that is required or desired as a part of their job, they will be expected to dive in and learn it.

Must be self-motivated, mature, and possess an excellent work ethic. Among other attributes, the employee will be evaluated on their ability to stay busy and be productive without constant direction. If the R&D workload permits, they will be expected to select parts from the general machine shop/grinding room job queue and pitch in to help the greater good.

include the following. Other dutiesi may be assigned.

  • Specifying and ordering raw materials and tooling
  • Machining of tooling and components for Research & Development (R&D) projects.
  • Working with R&D engineers during the design and prototype process, and following through into production if needed.
  • Sawing material to size, de-burring parts, measuring parts
  • Operating both manual and CNC machine tools including but not limited to lathes and mills
  • Operating ID/OD grinding equipment
  • Detecting worn or broken tools, changing inserts and tools, selecting proper tools
  • Setting feeds and speeds as needed, optimizing processes and operations to improve quality and/or productivity
  • Selecting cutting tools to be most appropriate for the job
  • Presetting tooling
  • Writing and modifying CNC programs using G and M code and/or CAM software
  • Indicate surfaces, dial in items chucked in lathes, touch off surfaces and enter offset positions in CNC programs
  • Participate in manufacturing optimization, assist in work holding/fixture development, suggest program optimization, and detect needed changes in feeds/speeds by ear, eye, and feel.
  • Knowledge and practical experience heat treating air and oil hardening tool steels.
  • Fabrication of machine and product components using cutting, grinding, and MIG/TIG welding equipment.
  • Advanced blueprint reading is essential to being able to perform this job, as is keeping detailed notes regarding work performed.
  • Mechanical assembly of production equipment, including pneumatic plumbing, guarding, painting, and precision setup/assembly.
  • Keep an impeccably clean shop that gleams with pride.


The successful candidate must possess a high school diploma or equivalent and have completed an apprenticeship or trade school program in machine shop practices and/or have a minimum of five years of current hands on experience in this field.


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 stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Also required to climb ladders, retrieve materials from storage, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


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 regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The position of R&D Machinist will work on and be involved with projects that are of the utmost confidentiality. Items worked on, and project knowledge must remain strictly confidential; even within Nosler, Inc. This position will be the object of much curiosity from other employees, and the successful candidate will be expected to maintain confidentiality at all times in spite of good natured inquiries from their peers.


Nosler, Inc. has a “Standard of Excellence” code. The Company expects all its personnel to maintain a neat and clean appearance. As part of this commitment, we reserve the right to expect all male personnel to follow our guidelines regarding hair length which is not to exceed one inch below the collar. Pony tails or longer hair is not authorized. Mustaches and beards are allowed but must be kept neatly trimmed. At no time are watches, jewelry, (includes rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings of any sort) or visible body piercing (including tongue rings) permitted to be worn by male or female personnel while on duty.

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