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CMM Programmer

Zeeland, MI 49464

Posted: 09/13/2018 Employment Type: Direct Placement Category: Quality Inspectors-Testers Job Number: 78123

The CMM Programmer  is responsible for the operation, inspection and programming of the CMM machine, the analysis and interpretation of blueprints, manuals and other materials to determine specifications, to inspect and test procedures, and to communicate technical information to others.

Essential Functions:
  • Operate CMM machine and maintain CMM work instructions for the set-up and inspection of parts.
  • Perform advanced programing and operation of specialized inspection equipment, such as  CMMs, discusses inspection results with those responsible and recommends necessary corrective actions.
  • Analyze and interpret blueprints, routings, evaluation sheets, manuals and other materials to determine specifications, inspection and testing procedures, adjustment and certification methods, formulas, and measuring instruments required.
  • Clean, maintain, repair and calibrate measuring instruments and test equipment and work closely with engineers and suppliers  to define and implement inspection methods on new products during development.
  • Collect and analyze inspection data and make computations as necessary to determine inspection results and perform first article inspections based on work order instructions.
  • Communicate information to others about project status, updates, specific instructions, etc. and participate in NPI PFMEA activities.
  • Inspect manufactured components, train and mentor others, including suppliers, on best practices related to inspection procedures, techniques and tool usage. 
  • Support Early Supplier Involvement (ESI) activities for new product introduction (NPI) by visiting suppliers and consulting them on the most effective methods for writing CMM programs for new product.
  • Stay abreast of technological advancements and breakthroughs in the Metrology industry by attending industry trade shows.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Advanced knowledge of GD&T (geometric dimensioning and tolerancing) principles and their relation to inspection.
  • The ability to read and use micrometers, functional and cylindrical gauges, comparators, indicator setups, scales.
  • Advanced knowledge of CMM operations including setup, programming, and controls, using PC-DMIS
  • The ability to use computer and web-based systems to input, access, modify, or output information.
  • Knowledge of part special handling guidelines and specifications. This includes researching part handling instructions using facility databases or work orders and following the handling procedures required.
  • Knowledge of 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 and ability to communicate technical and complex material to multiple audiences, with differing knowledge levels, including our supply base.
  • The ability to accomplish a task with concern for all the areas involved, including the ability to notice minute inconsistencies/faults in parts, and the ability to make timely, sound decisions. This includes recognizing when outside advice is needed, and committing to action, even in uncertain situations.
  • The ability to write effectively, to read and understand work documents and to communicate information clearly to coworkers and supervisor.
  • The position also involves the ability to coach or mentor other members, through instruction and personal example.
  • 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 identify opportunities to improve current production processes and to implement the necessary steps for the improvements.
  • 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 and willingness to take independent action and complete job tasks without being instructed to complete them.
  • The ability to define, diagnose, and resolve problems.
  • 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 acquire and apply new knowledge and skills and the ability to integrate knowledge of current resources and constraints, priorities and manufacturing processes to determine the benefits and costs associated with key decisions.
  • Knowledge of the Six Sigma processes and the ability to apply Six Sigma principles to production process for continual improvement and  operational effectiveness, desired.
  • The ability to mentor others.
  • The ability to perform simple arithmetic computations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division correctly using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • The ability to process multiple types of information and/or perform multiple tasks simultaneously and the ability to follow work orders efficiently.
  • 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.
  • The ability to conduct a Gage R&R for CMM related work.
  • The ability to conduct capability studies from the CMM as required.
  • Strong communication skills; ability to communicate effectively internally and with suppliers. 
  • Ability to consult and provide expertise in order to utilize the most effective methods for writing CMM programs for new products.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technological advancements and breakthrough' s in the metrology industry.
  • Ability to communicate technological advancements in the form of measurement techniques or products.

Education, Formal Training and Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Advanced programming classes in PC-DMIS or other relevant programming software.
  • At least 5 years of related work experience.

Additional Information:
  • 2nd or 3rd Shift.


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