Associate Research Machinist – Hunter Industries – San Marcos, CA

  • Full Time
  • San Marcos, CA
  • Applications have closed
  • Full Time
  • San Marcos, CA
  • Applications have closed

Hunter Industries

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We are a global leader in the irrigation, outdoor lighting, dispensing technology, and custom manufacturing industries. Driving our continued success is the combined energy and talents of the nearly 3,000 people on our team. Together, we create a diverse array of products that can be seen all over the world, from residential landscapes to national landmarks, stadiums, parks, hotels, and municipal buildings. Although we’re global, we’re family owned, and our casual, fun, and caring company culture is what makes this a special place to work. As we grow, we are dedicated to preserving our unique culture that makes our employees proud to work here. Whether you’re pursuing a career at our headquarters in Southern California, or an opportunity at one of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, or something somewhere in between, we look forward to welcoming you to Hunter Industries and our Family of Companies.

About This Role:

Under general supervision, provides prototype fabrication, design support, testing, and data collection to support Research/Engineering. Will have excellent fabrication skills including CNC programming and operation. Relies on experience and judgment to acquire or produce components, execute a test regimen, and collect data. Efforts may be directed towards technology development, new product development, or sustaining projects.

Demonstrates behavior that is consistent with the company’s values of Customer Satisfaction, Innovation, Family, and Social Responsibility.

Essential Job Functions/Tasks:

Produces molded and machined prototypes of new and existing products. Also produces components, small equipment, and fixtures.

Uses molds, machining, and fabricating processes, including programming CNC machines from solid model CAD files, to manufacturing prototypes, test units, and needed equipment.

Assists conducting scientific testing of prototypes and ensures the quality and accuracy of all test data.

Fabricates prototype and production injection molds and ensures mold operation.

Iteratively modifies prototype molds and mold inserts to meet engineering development needs.

Maintains thorough research notes and test data.

Participates in new and existing product design and development efforts to support technology development, new product development, and sustaining projects.

Able to work successfully in cross functional groups throughout the organization in support of Engineering and Manufacturing objectives.

Other Job Functions:

Performs other related tasks as assigned, some of which may become essential to the position.

It is the responsibility of all Hunter employees to keep themselves and others safe. Employees are required to complete all mandatory safety trainings, know Hunter’s safe work practices, use the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job, and immediately report all injuries, near misses and hazardous identifications to a Supervisor or the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Department. Those employees who do not comply with safe work practices may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Employees in management positions have an even greater responsibility that includes modeling safe behavior, ensuring employees on the team are following all safe work practices and completing training, and taking part in injury/illness investigations. A safe workplace must be the goal of everyone at Hunter Industries.


Education/Training Required and Preferred:

High school or equivalent education. Two years of trade school or equivalent work experience.

Experience Required and Preferred:

Minimum two years progressive experience as a tool room machinist.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s) Required and Preferred:

KSA #1: Applied knowledge of mechanics and hydraulics.

KSA #2: Ability to program CNC machines and use tool room equipment.

KSA #3: Knowledge of engineering and manufacturing processes and procedures used in injection molding plastic parts.

KSA #4: Strong team, communication, and interpersonal skills.

KSA #5: Strong analytical, and decision-making skills.

KSA #6: Strong computer skills in all Microsoft Office and CAD modeling software.

KSA #7: Must be able to work overtime when required.

KSA #8: Knowledge of injection molding process preferred.

KSA #9: Plastic part modeling and design skills preferred.

KSA #10: Ability to fabricate prototype and production quality injection molds preferred.

KSA #11: Knowledge of irrigation products preferred.

Physical Demands:

Ability to stand and walk, to visit work areas, and to use machines. Ability to sit at a desk for extended periods to program or enter data.

Ability to climb stairs to gain access to upper level of the facility. Ability to lift and carry molds and other items weighing up to 50 pounds.

Ability to work in a variety of positions (bending, kneeling, crouching, twisting) to gain visual access into molding machines.

Manual dexterity, hand strength and coordination sufficient to grasp and handle parts.

Finger dexterity sufficient to use precision measuring instruments, to handle small components and to operate a computer.

Visual acuity sufficient to read prints and drawings, to use and read precision measuring instruments, and operate a computer.

Hearing sufficient to communicate with individuals in person and by telephone.

Work Environment:

Works in the office and plant with temperature controls. Uses safety glasses and ear plugs for safety protection in designated areas.

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Hunter Industries and its Family of Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, military and veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other applicable legally protected status or characteristic.


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