Machining Technician (2nd shift)
Job Type

FN America, LLC is a U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality, reliable firearms for military, law enforcement and commercial customers worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia with manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of FN-branded products, training and support services that enhance user performance and safeguard their lives. For more information, visit us at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Position Summary

The Machining Technician develops and utilizes materials, equipment, systems to produce components and final products.

Job Duties

  • Works from print drawings, process documents, and uses a wide variety of tools, tooling, fixtures, jigs, and measuring equipment to make machine and equipment set-up adjustments and changeovers.
  • Works with Engineering and Production to develop, set-up, run and qualify the first production piece/first article for compliance to engineering and quality specifications.
  • Assists operators or sets up, adjusts, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs multiple conventional and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines as required and works with operators to assure quality and quantity of production.
  • Provides training, work instructions and direction to operators relative to: basic and complex machine operator techniques, product quality requirements, measuring techniques, and measuring equipment use and care.
  • Develops, analyzes, and interprets Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts and data; takes necessary and appropriate action to return process into control, quarantines product in question and, in concert with supervision, determines disposition of product.
  • Performs preventive maintenance.
  • Maintains and makes available all tooling, jigs, fixtures, and other items necessary to set-up and/or changeover machines and equipment. Evaluates all tooling jigs, fixtures, and other items to determine necessary repairs and refurbishment.
  • Evaluates technical problems, machines, equipment, and system down conditions and repairs.
  • Provides input to management, engineering, quality, and product development groups relative to machine, equipment, process, and product improvement.
  • Establishes and maintains a safe and healthful working environment in accordance with OHSA requirements, to include proper use of machining best practices, proper housekeeping, machine safeguarding, and personal protective equipment.
  • Assists with the implementation of lean principles and methods, engages in activities that create a continuous improvement environment, sustains lean processes, suggests areas of improvement in quality, cost, delivery, and safety, and actively supports lean, 5S, and value stream management initiatives.
  • Is highly visible and promotes hands-on, high involvement approaches to problem solving.
  • Fills in for absent operators when demand requires.
  • Performs other tasks as may be requested to assure the effective and continuous utilization of assets.

Education Requirements

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required.

Experience Requirements

Five years machining experience on multiple machine technologies to include two to five axis mills, grinders, multiplex, and turning centers experience.

Skills and Competencies

All FN America employees are expected to demonstrate accountability, collaboration, effective communication, customer focus, and innovation. Additional requirements of this position include:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge and experience of machining techniques, equipment, systems, and machining principles with increasing complexity and responsibility. 
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures, and demonstrate accuracy and security of procedures
  • Ability to effectively delegate work assignments, make timely decisions, organize and schedule, and assign tasks to other employees
  • Ability to perform well under pressure, meet productivity standards, observe safety and security procedures, and adapt to changes in the work environment
  • Familiarity with ISO, AS9100
  • Practical understanding of workplace 5S and lean manufacturing principles
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers and decimals
  • Ability to use and interpret SPC data 
  • Must be able to read prints and be able to calculate metric and standard measurements.
  • Knowledge of basic measuring and testing equipment. 

Working Conditions

Work is performed in a typical manufacturing environment with exposure to load noises and dangerous machines and chemicals when on the plant floor. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 

All FN America employees have a responsibility to participate in the development of a safe and healthy workplace and to comply with instructions given for their own safety and health and that of others. 

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status

FN America, LLC is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please email or call: 803-736-0522. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

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