Applied Composites Los Alamitos
  • - Operations
  • Los Alamitos, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Applied Composites (AC) is seeking a CNC Programmer who is responsible for the managing, programming and maintenance of computer numeric controlled (CNC) equipment for prototype (first run) and production of composite parts within the facility.

About AC: Come and join the Applied Composites team. We are a leading provider of complex composite components, assemblies, engineering and tooling to the aerospace, defense and space system markets. Our employees are treated with respect and given the support, knowledge, and resources they need to thrive. If you are looking for a company that values and develops its employees while offering engaging work, Applied Composites may be the place for you.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Review electronic or written blueprints or specifications for a job
  • Review and obtain proper tooling
  • Program extremely close tolerance parts
  • CNC program in Mastercam (2020) 3, 4, and 5 axis geometry, proving out programs prior to machining, machining of parts and tools through CNC machining on 3-axis vertical mills, Large Capacity 5-axis CNC Router, 2 axis lathe and manual machining
  • Work with operators, program managers, engineers to determine project scope, schedule and important job details
  • Determine methods, tooling, feeds, speeds and all other necessary requirements necessary for manufacturing of parts
  • Machine composite materials including carbon, fiberglass, honeycomb, and others
  • Direct or train other employees in machine setup, running, maintenance and cleaning
  • Be able to lift parts weighing up to 50lbs
  • On occasion, you may be asked to work irregular hours to accommodate manufacturing schedules
  • Keep program managers informed of operations, problems, and opportunities as they arise
  • Maintain appropriate records and documentation
  • Assist in the development of a safe working environment through the use of occupational safety and health standards, including ergonomic principles
  • Other responsibilities as assigned
  • Regular, consistent and punctual attendance is required. May need to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) and additional hours as necessary
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Job Specifications:

A Secondary Certificate/High School Diploma or equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience that will allow successful performance of job expectations
Years' Experience:  5-7 years of CNC programming experience (lathes, multi-axis horizontal and vertical mills)

  • Prior experience with MasterCAM programming
  • Programming 3, 4 and 5 axis Mill & 2 axis Turn equipment
  • Must have strong GD&T knowledge to interpret engineering drawings from sketches, determine cutting or grinding tools to be used, method of holding, and machine speeds and feeds
  • Varied CNC operating experience desirable
  • Must have worked in CNC programming demonstrating a high degree of proficiency
  • Experience machining a variety of materials.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Solid understanding of manufacturing processes for layup, trim, and assembly of composite hardware
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced production environment with high quality requirements; example military, aerospace or medical equipment highly preferred
  • Ability to read and interpret company documents, such as safety rules, operating/manufacturing instructions, policies and procedures
  • Ability to read/interpret engineering drawings and specifications
  • Able to perform basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Ability to identify composite damages
  • Proven track record of supporting stringent deadlines and handling multiple priorities simultaneously     
  • Good manual dexterity required to work with small parts
  • Skilled problem-solver: Exercises judgment, based on previous experience, practices and precedents, to identify and solve problems that arise with little or no precedent
  • Effective oral and written communication


At Applied Composites, we recognize how important your career and benefits are to you and your family. We offer a full suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability coverage, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, basic and supplemental life insurance, employee assistance plan, retirement savings and matching, tuition reimbursement and other developmental opportunities. We are committed to supporting the way you live and work.

AC is an Equal Opportunity Employer Veterans/Disabled - Affirmative Action Employer.

This position requires the use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
Applied Composites Los Alamitos


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