Manufacturing Engineering Technician (CNC Programmer/Setter)


Location: Lithgow

Job Type: Full time


We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. We design the critical security solutions of tomorrow by combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create. Together we solve complicated problems by combining our experience in the market with our leading research and development capabilities.

About your role:

Lithgow small arms facility manages defence weaponry refurbishment programs as well as supporting weapon design and development projects for the Australian Defence Force.

Reporting to the Manufacturing Manager, this role is responsible for ensuring that processes are set up and run in accordance with safety, quality and cost requirements.

  • Develop processes that will enable the stable manufacture of product to customer requirements. These processes will include CNC machining processes

  • Liaise with support departments to ensure that tools, gauges, fixtures CMM activities and other auxiliary equipment are provided to meet production requirements

  • Minimise machine down time by ensuring that all possible preparation is performed ‘off line’

  • Perform initial and ongoing process set ups as required

  • Ensure that processes are effectively handed over to Production and that the necessary training and instructions are provided to Production Staff

  • Ensure that all manufacturing processes are documented effectively and that documentation is up to date and compliant.

  • Comply with all relevant company Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental policies and framework

  • Provide technical support when required and ensure a prompt, customer service orientated response to Production problems.

  • Provide accurate and timely input to estimating and quotation activities.

  • Actively and effectively lead Continuous Improvement and LEAN manufacturing initiatives and activities in the area(s)

How About You?

  • Cert III level or equivalent in CNC / Manufacturing related course

  • Previous experience in a similar role with good understanding of CNC programming

  • Understanding of CNC machining processes would be highly desirable

  • Knowledge of the Defence and/or Manufacturing industry would be highly advantageous

Good to Know

You’ll get an email acknowledgement after you’ve applied, Thales strives to provide a personalised experience for all suitable applicants.

As a Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain an appropriate clearance.

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Prior to offer you’ll complete a pre-employment police and medical check.

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Wellbeing matters at Thales, and where possible we encourage flexible working.

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