CNC Machinist Technician
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Term: 1 year

The CNC Machinist Technician is responsible for precision machining, fabrication, and assembly of research and test equipment which is used in various labs throughout the Engineering Faculty. This is accomplished through the use of both conventional and CNC machine tools. Some projects will include an aspect of planning and design, which will involve consultation and collaboration with the requestor of the project.


Assist with the design aspects of jobs assigned if or when required to assure safety, functionality, cost, and timeline targets will be met with the final product
Develop a process plan to include any necessary fixtures, special tooling, PPE and/or additional safety apparatus required to complete the job
Program, set-up, and operate both CNC and conventional machine tools to produce precision parts and components as required according to specifications provided
Assemble and test various apparatus, equipment and mechanisms when necessary as per assignment


Internally, the incumbent will discuss information, problems and possible solutions with students, faculty and staff members (customers) as necessary to clearly define desired final product expectations for functionality and finish
Make recommendations for continuous improvement in efficiencies in the machine shop through enhanced methods and/or specialized shop equipment/tooling purchases
Report all safety and personnel conflict related issues to the EMS manager

Maintenance and Repair

Inspect, repair, and maintain EMS shop equipment in accordance with required operational and safety standards
Documentation of all maintenance and inspection items is necessary
Other duties as assigned
High School Diploma and Certificate of Qualification (Ontario preferred) in one of the following trades:
General Machinist
Tool and Die Maker
Mold Maker
A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in the programming and operation of CNC equipment and the ability to operate manual machinery found in the Engineering Machine Shop
Proficiency in the use of CAD/CAM and solid modelling software for design, tool-pathing, and customer file evaluation and validation  Previous design experience required
Extensive experience working with numerous and varied materials including metals, plastics, composites, and wood
Prior experience mentoring junior staff an asset
Extensive knowledge of CAD/CAM systems which includes MasterCam, ability to set-up, program and operate CNC machines using controllers, estimating experience as well as material selection proficiency
Strong communication and organizational skills
Good problem solving skills and ability to offer creative solutions
Comfortable using Microsoft Office products
SolidWorks knowledge is an asset
Physical demands are typical of a manufacturing environment; standing for long periods of time, exposure to machine noise, heavy lifting, and potential for injury. Based on the demands, the job requires exertion of physical or sensory effort resulting in moderate fatigue, moderate strain or risk of injury
Standing and walking on a concrete floor, exposure to machine noise. Requirement to wear PPE when dictated by potential job hazards