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Job Number: 2170841

Job Title: Prototype Machinist

Location: Garden Grove, CA

Compensation: $20-$28/hr. DOE

Nelson Connects is currently hiring a Prototype Machinist in the City of Garden Grove, CA.


The Prototype Machinist will perform all processes required to manufacture prototype products per delivery schedule following engineering drawing and quality specifications. Processes include set up and operating CNC lathes and Mills, set up and operating equipment to fabricate spring energizers, product assembly, and production testing when required. Dimensional and visual inspections of products using various measuring equipment and tools, including calipers, micrometers, pi tapes, comparator, smart scope, CMM, profilometer, or any other measuring tools that may be required. When issues arise that impact prototype quality and, or routed steps, identify the root cause and recommend a solution to programming or process engineering. This may include program editing, cutting tool, or fixture modification. Assist with machining regular production orders when not manufacturing prototype products as directed by the shift supervisor. Maintain work area clean, adhere to all safety policies and procedures, and implement/sustain 5s principles.


  • Certified Machinist/Journey Man (Leading with Knowledge)
  • 5 years of CNC Lathe and Mill Programming and Setup operational experience
  • Experience with writing/editing programs and set up in multiple types of CNC Lathes and Mill
  • Geometry and algebra knowledge
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, specifications, and geometric dimensioning and tolerances
  • Ability to define problems, collect data and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to set up and operate various inspection tools and equipment
  • CMM and Smart Scope experience a plus
  • Must be able to work with a high level of urgency
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • High School Diploma or equivalent GED.

Qualified candidates, please submit your resume. We have Immediate Openings.

About Nelson:

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