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Ducommun Manual Machinist in Parsons, Kansas

Manual Machinist

Job Description

Manual Machinist

The Manual Machinist sets up and operates machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, boring machines, and grinders to machine/fabricate metallic and nonmetallic work pieces.

Who are we?

Founded in 1849, Ducommun is the oldest company in California. Starting as a hardware supply store during the California Gold Rush and eventually assisted in the birth of the aerospace industry in Southern California by providing aircraft aluminum to early aerospace pioneers like Lindbergh, Douglas and Lockheed.

Today Ducommun is a global provider of innovative manufacturing solutions for customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. We specialize in electronic and structural systems, producing complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications.

Our Facility in Parsons, Ks manufactures precision parts for passenger and military aircraft. Travelers around the world count on our employees for their commitment to quality.

Why Ducommun?

  • Excellent company culture – as recognized by Newsweek’s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces

  • Clean and climate controlled working environment

  • Opportunity for career growth

  • Great benefits including paid vacation and sick time, 401K match, Employee Stock Purchase

  • Program, annual bonus plan, and tuition reimbursement

Job Summary

  • Reads blueprint or job order for product specifications such as dimensions and tolerances, and tooling instructions such as fixtures, feed rates, cutting speeds, depth of cut and determines sequence of operations.

  • Selects, positions, and secures tool in tool holder (chuck, tool posts, etc.).

  • Positions and secures work piece in holding device, machine table, chuck, centers, or fixtures.

  • Moves controls to position tool and work piece in relation to each other, and to set specified feeds, speeds, and depth of cut.

  • Sets up fixture or feeding device, starts machine, and turns hand wheel to feed tool to work piece or vice versa, and engages feed.

  • Turns valve handle to direct flow of coolant or cutting oil against tool work piece.

  • Observes operation of machine and verifies conformance of machined work piece to specifications.

  • Sets up and operates machines and equipment other than machine tools such as the band saw.

  • Responsible for the proper handling and management of hazardous waste generated in their work area.

  • Performs other duties and assignments as directed.

    Skills & Qualifications


  • Strong mechanical aptitude desired

  • Basic computer knowledge and skills

  • Ability to operate a forklift

  • Ability to use measuring instruments including but not limited to calipers, height gage and scales

  • Read and understand internal procedures and policies.

  • Understand and follow through on both verbal and written instructions

  • Team oriented with a continuous improvement outlook.

Required Experience/Education/Training/Certifications

  • High School Diploma; up to 3 years related experience in job function and/or training; equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Math skills: decimals, percentages, fractions, ratios, proportions; geometry and trigonometry is a plus

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and mylars

  • Basic computer knowledge and skills

    Work Environment and Safety Equipment Required

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms

  • Frequently required to walk.

  • Occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch

  • Must be able to communicate effectively

  • Must be able to frequently lift from 1 – 50 pounds.

  • Working conditions are: 100% manufacturing environment.

  • Noise level is usually moderate.

  • Regularly required to work near moving mechanical parts.

  • Occasionally exposed to vibration.

  • Safety glasses (ANSI Z87 compliant) required in all manufacturing areas.

  • Hearing protection must be worn in designated areas.

  • Safety Footwear shall be in accordance with the following: ASTM standard F2413-05 with minimum impact resistance, compression resistance and metatarsal designation ratings of 75 foot pounds (i.e. ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75 Mt/75), which are viewable on the inside tag of footwear.

    Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments in accordance with business needs, and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential function of the job.

    This is a generic job posting for a Manual Machinist. Depending on the candidate’s skills, qualifications and experience, they will be hired into an entry (I) level, intermediate (II) level or expert (III) level job and pay scale.