First Base Employment Limited

CNC Machinist / Setter Operator – Twilight Shift

The Machinist/Setter Operator reports to the CNC Team Leader and he/she will be expected to set up and operate manual lathes and milling machines as well as handling, loading and setting fixture plates and support jigs onto 3-axis and 5-axis machines in a one-off or low batch machining environment.

The successful candidate MUST be able to:

  • Set up and operate CNC milling machines.
  • Work to tight machining tolerances and thoroughly check his/her own work (use of verniers, etc.)
  • Work to 2D drawings and job specifications with the minimum of supervision, after training.
  • Perform in process batch inspection of CNC machined parts.
  • Monitor the condition and stock levels of tooling in your area, reporting any shortages or actions needed.

Experience / Qualifications

  • Ideally time-served apprentice / engineer in mechanical engineering
  • Experience in operating CNC machines with Heidenhein and Mazatrol controllers.
  • Working on own initiative in a machine shop environment
  • Experience in hand finishing of metal components & bench fitting, hand-tapping, deburring etc.
  • Good understanding of manufacturing processes
  • Ability to read and interpret 2D machining drawings and 3D CAD models, including tolerances and surface finish specifications


  • Excellent housekeeping, timekeeping and reliability
  • Confident team player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

Twilight Shift – Standard hours of work are 2.30 pm to midnight, Monday to Thursday. This equates to a 36-hour week.

Salary to the successful candidate £21,000 – £23,000

To apply for this role please forward your CV to or call 01453 755330 for a confidential conversation.

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