CNC Programmer & Machinist

Posted on Oct 11

The Department

+ About DMDII

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is the nation’s flagship research organization for applying cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the U.S. supply chain, and reduce production costs. DMDII will develop, demonstrate, deploy and commercialize digital design and manufacturing technologies across key industries.
The Institute is seeking candidates for the position of CNC Programmer / Machinist Associate, for full-time employment in our Chicago office.

+ Position Overview

Work side by side with the DMDII technical team to help lead and implement advanced digital technology projects. Be the resident CNC expert to consult with our members and implement projects related to all things CNC. Get the opportunity to work in an exciting and flexible research institution located in Chicago!

Your Role

• Manage all facility CNC machines/areas including installation, scheduling, maintenance, and disposition.
• Support DMDII projects which required CNC support including prototype, fixture design, work holding design, fabrication, CNC programming, and CNC operation
• Work with DMDII’s over 300 partners to implement and test new digital CNC technologies.
• Support CNC demonstrations for workforce development, training, and industry workshops
• Maintain and cultivate a network with all major CNC equipment manufacturers to promote the entrustment and use of CNC machines the DMDII research factory
• Contribute CNC expertise to the team to implement digital integration including in machine metrology, automation coordination, and sensor / data communication
• Document all procedures and lessoned learned from CNC projects for use by DMDII members.
• Use manufacturing experience and shop floor expertise to contribute to non-CNC projects when required
• Insure that all safety protocols and requirements are strictly followed on the shop floor


• Formal trade school, college, or military training required
• Minimum 5 years at the journeyman machinist level
• Expert knowledge of multiple CNC technologies including 5 axis milling and multi-axis turning.
• Experience with additive CNC including laser sintering a plus
• Experience dealing directly with customers to scope out tailored designs and solutions
• Knowledge of OSHA safety requirements for the shop floor
• Ability to design and fabricate custom work-holding, tooling, and fixtures
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
• Hands-on, team oriented and committed to advancement of manufacturing technologies
• Ability to self-manage multiple projects and priorities
• Strong problem-solving capabilities
• Risk assessment capability of product, processes and suppliers
• Technical training and presentation skills
• Computer literacy: MS Office, Strong CAD proficiency, Expert CAM proficiency, NC & CMM Programming
• Experience with Siemens NX a plus
• Knowledge of CNC data protocols such as MTConnect and OPCUA is a plus