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Job Description

Job Number
Job Title
Machinist Journey Level
MPP : Machining / Fabrication
Palo Alto, CA

Communications & Power Industries (CPI), headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems focused primarily on communications and defense markets. With a heritage of technological excellence that spans decades, CPI develops, manufactures and globally distributes innovative and reliable technology solutions used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals for commercial and military applications. CPI serves customers in the communications, defense, medical, industrial and scientific markets. The company has manufacturing locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and sales, service and engineering offices around the world.

Job Duties:

This position will machine in-process assemblies using Hardinge lathe, LeBlond lathe, and Manual mills. You will routinely machine simple to complex small and large parts with tolerances as tight as .0005 from mechanical drawings and written procedures.

• Works in a machine shop environment in support of manufacturing.
• Operates various types of manual lathes, mills and other metal working equipment.
• Performs various machining processes on a variety of microwave tube assemblies and fixtures.
• Performs own set ups, break downs and maintains quality assurance on a wide variety of production machines.
• Produces quality components with minimal supervision.
• Works in a rapidly changing manufacturing environment with specific production objectives for cycle-time and throughput.
• Requires a high school graduate or equivalent with at least five years of experience with production lathes on complex components and exotic materials.
• Must be able to interpret production drawings and make required adjustments to product zero defect components.
• Must be physically able to handle chucks, fixtures, materials, lathe components and subassemblies safely.
• Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
• Must be able to effectively interact with other team members in a cooperative and customer responsive environment.
• Good communications skills required.
• Ability to read mechanical drawings required.
• Must be able to work overtime and weekends.

This position requires potential access to technology controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The successful candidate must be a “U.S. Person” as defined under ITAR and EAR. In order to be a U.S. Person for ITAR and EAR purposes, you must (i) be a citizen or national of the United States; or (ii) be a lawful permanent resident of the United States; or (iii) a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

CPI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.