Manual Machinist

Location Portsmouth
Discipline: Manufacturing and Production, Technical
Salary: $22 - 32/hr
Job ref: 247
Published: 5 months ago

Thompson First Group is seeking Manual 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.


  • A candidate for this position can expect to assist in the performance of, and be trained in the following tasks:

  • Travel to customer locations locally, throughout the United States, and abroad to perform site surveys and carry out repairs.

  • Transport and set up tools, machinery, and fixtures to support machining operations.

  • Perform machining operations using equipment such as; Portable milling machines, clamshell lathes, line boring systems, grinding machines, hydraulic tensioning systems, as well as various hand and power tools.

  • Take measurements of machined features using precision measuring equipment.

  • Performs mechanical assembly and disassembly of equipment using a variety of hand and power tools.

  • Communicates with customers and government representatives to coordinate work onsite.

  • Completes inspection and as-found condition reports for completed work.

Preferred Machining Skills:

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

  • Turn, Drill, Tap, Bore, Hone, Polish Machine Processes

  • Large parge machining experience (ex: ship propeller shafting, ship steering gear, etc)

  • In-place machining experience is desired


  • High school diploma or GED

  • At least 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

  • 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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Candidate must be able to pass a background check to gain access to sites that perform work on US DOD Contracts. (on-site)

  • Canidate must have experience working with on-site machining or industrial manual machining.

  • Candidate should have a good driving record.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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.

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.