CNC Machine Setter Operator


Department:   PRODUCTION


Responsible for (subordinates): NONE

Working hours:

Day shift:

Mon-Thurs 7.30am – 4.30pm (unpaid 1hr lunch) (2x 15mins paid Tea breaks)

Friday 7.30am – 1.30pm (1x 15mins paid Tea break)

Total = 40hrs

Early shift:

Mon-Fri 6am – 2pm (paid 0.5hr lunch)

Total = 40hrs

Late shift:  

Mon-Thurs 2pm -11pm =36 hrs (paid 0.5hr lunch)

Fri 2pm – 6pm = 4 hrs

Total = 40hrs

Shift premium payment: Early: £5.00 per day

Late:  £10.00 per day (4 days only)

At times of increased demand shift work will be required plus overtime and potential nightshift where necessary.


Qualifications required:

Production Apprenticeship or evidence of equivalent appropriate training.

(e.g. NVQs, ONC ) minimum


Experience required:

Knowledge of factory/machine shop practices.

Ability to read and work to engineering drawings.

Previous setting / programming knowledge of CNC multi-spindle machines

Previous Mazak CNC machine experience advantageous


JOB SUMMARY (Description of main purpose of job)

  • Set up machines (calibration, cleaning etc.) to start a production cycle
  • Control and adjust machine settings (e.g. speed)
  • Feed raw material or parts to semi-automated machines
  • Inspect parts with precision and measuring tools
  • Test operation of machines periodically
  • Fix issues that might occur during the shift
  • Check output to spot any machine-related mistakes or flaws
  • Keep records of approved and defective units or final products
  • Maintain activity logs
  • Use of cranes and forklifts



Health and Safety

  • Comply with the Company’s health and safety rules and regulations and help ensure compliance by all who enter or work at the Company’s premises.
  • Maintain cleanliness and tidiness in the Production Dept. and other areas.
  • Ensure plant, equipment and buildings are properly maintained, advising the Production Supervisor of any deterioration or damage at the earliest opportunity.


NOTE: The operation of Forklift and Stacker trucks is strictly limited to those holding appropriate

                            qualification. Operation by others is prohibited and is a serious breach of Company rules.

Core Functions

  • Understand, implement and follow all relevant procedures included in the Company’s Quality Manual.
  • Become fully conversant with, set up, load, unload and operate safely and efficiently, machinery, tools and equipment.
  • Produce components in accordance with layouts, drawings, sketches, production orders or verbal instructions; working to the stated limits of tolerance.
  • Complete time sheets, production returns, absence forms, holiday request forms etc. and pass promptly to Production Supervisor.
  • Carry out machine maintenance work according to skills and physical capabilities.
  • Use computer terminal to enquire and input details of operations, orders, parts, procedures, products, samples, services, stock, suppliers, time, tooling, etc.
  • Participate in physical counting of stock and investigate discrepancies. Help maintain an accurate record of goods in the warehouse and elsewhere.
  • Assist with, and where appropriate carry out, the training of other members of staff.
  • Advise Production Supervisor on the suitability and effectiveness of existing plant, equipment and staff. Make recommendations for the development or procurement of alternatives or additions.
  • Attend meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Establish and maintain friendly relationships with colleagues and staff. Exude a courteous and helpful manner to any person with whom he/she may come into contact in the course of his/her work.
  • In addition to the above specific duties the Production Supervisor, Production Controller, Departmental Manager or Production Engineer may allocate other duties as skills and work requirements dictate.



  • Establish and maintain friendly relationships with colleagues and staff.
  • Exude a courteous and helpful manner to all comers.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of information on the Company and potential and existing staff, specifiers, customers, clients and vendors – including personal details, costs, income, activities, plans, financial situation, services or products supplied, business or professional secrets.
  • As a Key member of staff, be aware at all times that the Company is judged by his/her own personal standards of ethics, conduct, performance and presentation; act accordingly.



  • Proven experience as a CNC Machine Setter Operator / Programmer
  • Working knowledge of diverse high-speed machinery and measurement tools.
  • Co-ordination and control skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Possess an attention to detail.
  • Decision-making skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Team working ability.
  • Ability to adapt to change.
  • Tool setting
  • Part inspection


The above is not an exhaustive list and the job holder may be required to perform (on a temporary or permanent basis) other related or unrelated tasks which the company reasonably believes falls within their capability and/or responsibility.