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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Woodward, Inc.
Physical Address
Company Worksite
Niles, IL 60714
Job Description


Position Purpose

Associate Machinist reports to the manufacturing supervisor and is responsible for setting up operating and maintaining a limited number of machine types, in an industrial setting. The position works under a high level of supervision, limited troubleshooting, decision-making and problem solving.

Essential Functions

  • Operate machines with little supervision and performs required process checks or inspections per the process documentation.
  • Document non-conforming material according to procedures participate in activities to implement root cause and corrective actions identified.
  • Adhere to all safety standards, regulations and operating procedures.
  • Utilize computer programs to enter part data (e.g., serial number), log time, look up instructions and blueprints and download programs.
  • Utilize work instructions and method documents to produce and inspect machines parts.
  • Utilize various gauging equipment to ensure conformance to the engineering specifications and standards through the production run.
  • Clean and maintain measuring instruments and test equipment and inspects parts for cleanliness (e.g., routed and deburring operations). Operates inspection equipment.
  • Interpret and follow blueprints for proper production task completion.
  • Perform routed operations of parts.
  • Complete paperwork while adhering to record retention requirements.
  • Utilize basic Six Sigma tools and methodology

Other Functions

  • Communicate information to others about project status, updates, specific instructions, etc and review item status in MRP to ensure item is logged/closed out appropriately.
  • Clean and organize the immediate work area.
  • May perform secondary work functions such as deburring and sub assembly with certifications, as required. (Does not apply in Duarte.)
  • Notify supervisors and other personnel of production or machine problems.
  • Promote teamwork within the organization.
  • Verify the calibration of equipment and expiration dates.
  • Complete and review product paperwork, verifying all paperwork is present and filled out appropriately.
  • Follow all departmental safety rules and regulations.



  • Knowledge of and ability to apply inspection techniques (e.g., formalized inspection standards, inspection instructions, best practices) and use inspection tools efficiently. The ability to read and use micrometers, functional and cylindrical gauges, comparators, indicator setups, calibration stickers and scales.
  • The ability to read, interpret and use the information presented in drawings, diagrams and blueprints to determine appropriate activities, tools, and next steps in the production process.
  • Ability to learn and use available business software as necessary.
  • Knowledge of part special handling guidelines and specifications.
  • Ability to learn non-conformance procedures and processes when parts fail inspection. This includes knowledge of systems required to log and track failed inspections and associated documentation as needed within area of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing such as perpendicularity, parallelism, flatness. This includes the ability to interpret tolerances on prints and perform inspection techniques. This includes the ability to interpret datum structures, material condition tolerances, orientation tolerances.
  • The ability to read, understand, edit basic programs and/or basic knowledge of one or more of the following skills – grinding, turning, milling, drilling.
  • Knowledge of how quality impacts the success of the organization including costs to customers, costs of recalls and potential costs due to negative impacts on a company’s reputation. This includes taking the necessary steps to ensure quality on a consistent basis and striving for improvement.
  • The ability to use computer and web-based systems to input, access, modify, or output information or to execute programs.
  • The ability to write effectively, to read and understand work documents, to communicate information clearly to coworkers and supervisors, and the ability to listen attentively and comprehend key pieces of spoken information.
  • General knowledge of machines and equipment functionality, and how tools could be used on such equipment/machines. This includes the ability to learn new systems quickly, understanding how parts relate, and how they impact system functionality.
  • The ability to provide excellent service to internal customers.
  • The ability and willingness to demonstrate eagerness, enthusiasm, and optimism for work activities. This includes the ability and willingness to take ownership of work activities, to learn and understand company policies and procedures.
  • The ability to accurately provide the information requested on specific forms, reports, and logs.
  • The ability to define, diagnose, and resolve problems with limited troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • The ability to perform simple arithmetic computations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division correctly using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • The ability to see details (e.g., letters, numbers, codes, color, symbols, marks, labels, signs) clearly to accomplish work tasks in a safe and efficient manner and possessing strong hand-eye coordination.

Education or Formal Training

High School Diploma or equivalent.

Experience Required

  • No related work experience required.

Materials and Equipment Used

Machining, hand tools.
Nitric and Hydrochloric Acids may be used in certain areas.

Working Environment/ Physical Activities

Moderate physical activity requiring agility and dexterity, including walking, standing, or bending; and lifting or moving objects.
Work is performed in an area with moderate risk or discomfort that may require special safety precautions, such as wearing protective clothing or gear.

Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company’s innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.

Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

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