Sr CNC Operator, CEAS Machine Shop

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science invites applications for a Senior CNC Operator, full-time staff position. 

Senior CNC Operator will apply the use of CNC/conventional machining in the production of student and research projects parts production where appropriate; troubleshoot and repair laboratory systems and equipment used in thermo/fluid, strength of materials, welding, and machining laboratories; and serve as a resource for all machines/laboratory users. Additional opportunities are available to teach machining and/or welding classes (up to 2 sections per semester, total of 6 sections per year).

Essential Functions

  • Program and operate CNC machines, as well as conventional machine tools and other fabrication equipment such as sheet-metal cutting and forming (including Plasma CAM), welding and casting.  Ensure the Machine Shop is kept clear, orderly and all available equipment is in good working condition.
  • Fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machines and lab equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and make minor CNC equipment repairs. Set-up, troubleshoot and supervise the use of lab equipment and/or experiments.
  • Work with students and faculty in the fabrication of component parts for student senior design and research projects.
  • Apply the use of CNC in the production of student and research project part production where appropriate. Keep up to date with CNC related software changes and generally integrate the use of CNC into everyday operations.
  • Provide training, supervision, and assistance to students and/or researchers regarding the use of machines and lab equipment.
  • Provide support for laboratory instructors. Distribute handouts, manuals, and documentation to instructors.
  • Regularly evaluate surplus equipment and materials, then disposition as needed. Perform supply inventories and purchase all needed equipment, repair parts, tooling, consumable supplies, and raw materials for the Machine Shop.
  • Develop and implement safety programs. Work with EH&S to perform safety audits and assure that safety regulations are met. Ensure all personal and machine safety equipment is available and in good condition. Maintain safety records.
  • Recruit and supervise student assistants working in the Machine Shop and other MET Labs. Monitor and approve hours worked.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Associate's Degree.
  • Four (4) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Two (2) years of relevant experience.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Willingness to learn and master new processes and CNC equipment.
  • Ability to solve complex technical problems.
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Word and Excel to create and format documents and spreadsheets and ability to learn and adapt to new software as the need arises.
  • Knowledge and safe operation and maintenance of basic hand and power tools.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Continuously
  • Sitting - Continuously
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Often
  • Lifting - over 50 pounds - Seldom

Application Process

Create applicant profile in SuccessFactors and complete the online application. Attach the documents below to your application.

  • Cover Letter.
  • Current CV. 
  • List of references (3) – names and contact information. (Should we move forward with your application we will contact references).
  • Please use the additional documents feature as needed for these items.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range starting in the mid-$50Ks dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 92453 


Sr CNC Operator, CEAS Machine Shop

Date:  May 13, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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