CNC Machinist

Location Portsmouth
Discipline: Manufacturing and Production, Technical
Salary: $22 -35/hr
Job ref: 248
Published: 4 months ago

Thompson First Group is seeking CNC Machinists for direct placement opportunities for a local client in Portsmouth, VA.

Candidates that have a background working in a Machine Shop or in a Tool and Die setting are encouraged to apply.


  • Use precision tools, machinery, and equipment such as lathe, manual milling machine, drill press, hydraulic press, band saw, and a variety of cutting tools and equipment

  • Fabricate and shape parts such as tools and machine parts out of metal

  • Properly and safely select, align, secure, and remove holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials onto machines

  • Recognize, deploy, and properly use inserts, fixtures, and tooling

  • Studies applicable drawings and prints of work to be performed and follows instructions

  • Must be able to determine the proper tools required to perform given task

  • Operates and utilizes lifting aids as necessary to perform work

  • Use gauges and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements

  • Perform daily, regular cleaning and light maintenance tasks on machinery and equipment

  • Ability to track parts and jobs in JobBOSS and Travelers.

  • Perform all tasks in a safe and responsible manner while maintaining safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations

  • Work overtime as needed on evenings and/or weekends

  • Communicates with others to coordinate work in plant

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Lathes, Grinders, Boring Mills, Planers, Portable Tools

  • Turn, Drill, Tap, Bore, Hone, Polish machine processes

  • Large part machining experience preferred. Ship propeller shafting, ship steering gear, etc.

  • In-place machining experience is desired

  • Forklift and Crane experience preferred


  • High school diploma or GED

  • 3 to 5 years related experience is preferred.

  • Language skills - effectively communicate and understand job instructions both verbally and written in the English language. Ability to effectively interpret and translate instructions to other employees in a professional and respectful manner

  • Familiarity with Fanuc, Mazatrol, Okuma, DMG/Mori CNC controls

  • Have experience with maintaining 0.001" tolerances

  • Have a basic understanding of G, D and T

  • Have experience in job setup on vertical and horizontal CNC machining centers and CNC turning centers

  • Willing to work at both Portsmouth, VA locations as job needs require

  • Ability and willingness to learn.

  • 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.

  • A strong, proven interest in engineering and mechanical systems.

  • Read blueprints and measuring tools.

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations.

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, rations, and proportions to practical situations.


  • Ability to move or transfer products with an overhead crane.

  • Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs. at a time when required.

  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach overhead with hands and arms, stoop, crouch, kneel, climb ladders, and use stairs.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

  • The employee will also be expected to spend time using a computer.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

Thompson First Group is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.