Prototype Machinist/Programmer

Position reports to the Job Shop Team Lead. This is an hourly position with a pay range of $20-$30/hr depending on skills and experience.

Job Profile

Wagner Machine Company is seeking an experienced CNC machinist to fill an open position. In our job shop, machinists use a variety of machining processes to make low volume machined parts. Qualified individuals must be proficient at CAD/CAM, programming, setting up, and operating CNC machines to make complex parts to customer specs. Machinists work on projects individually but often collaborate with each other to figure out the best method to program, fixture, and machine complex parts. The best candidates will have a diverse machining background, a strong mechanical aptitude, the ability to learn quickly, and a commitment to continuing education in machining technology.

Job Functions

  • Read prints and modify CAD Files
  • Identify best methods to make high quality parts within the quoted cycle time
  • Use CAM software to create efficient and repeatable toolpaths (FeatureCAM or PowerMill Preferred)
  • Set up and run CNC mills and lathes
  • Inspect parts to internal quality standards
  • Document jobs to company standards
  • Communicate with supervisors and customers
  • Meet deadlines

Minimum Qualifications

  • Due to ITAR compliance, applicants must be US Citizens
  • 3 Years Operating, setting-up, and programming CNC mills and lathes
  • 3 Years CAD/CAM experience (surface and solid modeling preferred)
  • Extensive knowledge of G and M codes
  • Detailed knowledge of measuring techniques and best practices
  • Extensive knowledge of tooling and machining processes
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills
  • Ability to adjust programs for optimal speed, reliability, and tool life
  • Ability to lift 70 lbs. and pass a drug-screen and background check

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Manual milling, turning, and grinding experience
  • Experience with .0005” or smaller tolerances
  • Experience with high speed machining and micro tooling
  • Experience in a Job Shop Environment machining a variety of materials
  • Experience in a LEAN Manufacturing or 5S Setting
  • Experience with ISO procedures


Application for employment

Complete our online application.

Or print a copy of the application and submit your completed application by mail, fax, or email to:

Human Resources
PO Box 3969
Champaign, IL 61826-3969
217-384-0072 business
217-384-8061 fax