CNC Technician

Work Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Department: Operations

Reports To: Production Manager

Supervises: N/A

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Hourly) 


The CNC Technician will fabricate and machine parts requested by production and engineering using an aluminum mill, high speed graphite mill, laser cutters, bead blaster, and other machining tools. The CNC Technician position will follow safety procedures, maintain machine shop equipment, maintain inventory of machining tools and materials, and 5S machine shop. Our work environment is a fast paced, technically challenging environment, and the ideal candidate must work well under minimum supervision. A high degree of individual technical skills, initiative, and accuracy is required.

 Duties &
Standard Expectations Output  
Operate 3-axis CNC mills.
  • Zero Tools.
  • Change Tools.
  • Load/Unload Mills.
  • Part washing and deburring.
  • QC verification on parts.
  • Report Scrap.
  • Deliver parts to machine specifications.
Laser cutters  
  • Deburring and prepping sheet metal.
  • QC verification on parts.
  • Report Scrap.
  • Deliver parts to machine specifications.
Keep Production Kanban bins stocked  
  • Maintain and keep production bins stocked with parts.
  • Communicate with production leads to define parts needed and priority.
  • Parts ready and available for production use.
Organize Mill room tools and materials.  Keep mill room clean
  • Maintain 5S in machine shop.
  • Keep flammable liquids in fire-proof cabinets.
  • Clean, organized, and safe machine shop.
Maintain tool and material inventory
  • Inventory machining tools and materials.
  • Create and/or turn in Kanban cards for needed tools and materials.
  • On-hand stock of materials and tools needed in the machine shop.
Standard Mill Preventative maintenance
  • Clean chips from mill.
  • Clean insulation from mill.
  • Change filters on mill per defined frequency.
  • Upkeep fluid levels on all mills.
  • Maintain laser cutters.  
  • Machine shop equipment maintained.
Drilling and Tapping Operations  
  • Use Fixtures to drill and tap machined parts.
  • Drill and tap using standard machining practices.  
  • Deliver parts to machine specifications.

Under general supervision, CNC Technician must be able to work independently in a rapidly changing environment. Must apply experience and engineering judgement to make decisions with limited information. Must balance multiple projects and be comfortable reacting to changing priorities.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS, but not limited to:

• Excellent written and verbal communications.
• Ability to set priorities and make decisions.
• Strong interpersonal skills while working in diverse teams
• Computer literate. Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Excellent problem-solving techniques.

• Minimum of 3 – 5 years of experience operating 3-axis mills.
• Experience within a manufacturing environment.
• Experience with quality control on parts produced.
• Proficient in MS Office.
• Experienced working within teams.

• Professional
• Team Player
• Detailed Oriented
• Logical / Analytical
• Safety and Quality focused
• Positive, can-do attitude
• Solution oriented when confronted with challenges
• Constructively assertive

Special Requirements:
• U.S. Citizen required, per ITAR definition

ITAR Requirement:
This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Adaptive Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties that will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and in compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an “At-Will” basis.

A Note on Our Response to COVID-19 (and Contagious Diseases)
Our workplace requires that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Persons with documented medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs will be reasonably accommodated in accordance with applicable law. Employment is contingent upon proof of vaccination or exemption.
Adaptive Energy is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our employees.

Veterans Status
To our veterans and separated service members, you are at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join our Company. The skills you’ve gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities.
Adaptive Energy supports our military and will compensate up to 80 hours of reservist/active duty for our employees.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the candidate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Most work is performed in enclosed buildings. Varied indoor working environment conditions. While performing the duties, the candidate is frequently exposed to computer terminals, sitting, and standing for long lengths of time. Frequent and prolonged periods of time looking at a computer screen. Walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, sitting, and bending during each workday. The vision requirement includes close vision, distant vision, and computer vision. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard. Carrying up to 45 pounds. PPE for production, as well as PPE for Covid and infectious diseases, include a facial mask, and protective gloves as necessary. These ADA requirements are not inclusive of the performed and responsibilities to be held by the candidate.

Benefits: Position is eligible for generous medical, dental, vision, short-term, long-term disability benefits starting the first day of the first full month after start-date. Additionally, team member begins earning PTO immediately upon hiring and is eligible for 401(K) with company match (subject to vesting schedule).

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

About Edge Autonomy

Edge Autonomy is a leader in providing innovative autonomous systems, advanced optics, and resilient energy solutions to the US Department of Defense, the US Federal Civilian Agencies, allied governments, academic institutions, and commercial entities. Edge Autonomy draws on a 34+ year history of aerospace engineering, advanced manufacturing expertise, and technologically advanced manufacturing.

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