Saint-Gobain Prototype Machinist in Garden Grove, California

  • Use engineering drawings to determine and complete the set ups and production of all operating sequences.

  • Program, set up, operate, and adjust a broad range of CNC and manual machines as needed to produce product and assure dimensional conformance.

  • Perform all prototype manufacturing processes which may include plastic machining, metal fabrication, product assembly, and testing.

  • Verify and document product appearance and dimensional conformity using a wide variety of measurement equipment and tools.

  • Understand and use Geometric Dimensioning and tolerancing and other advanced inspection concepts.

  • Work from complex and involved part drawings and specifications.

  • Working with the tool shop recommend work holding devices when required.

  • Manufacture production orders when prototype orders are not available to produce.

  • Be a recognized leader, comply with and maintain 5S and safe work environment practices.

  • Manage time effectively and adhere to schedules in order to meet customer demands without compromising safety and/or product quality.

  • Willingness to learn new technologies and machine/equipment applications.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Certified Machinist/Journeyman (Leading with Knowledge)

  • 3 years minimum proven CNC lathe and mill programming, set up, and operational experience.

  • Write/edit programs for, set up and operate multiple types of CNC lathes and mills.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. (Working Together Diligently)

  • Geometry and algebra knowledge.

  • Able to read and interpret engineering drawings, specifications, and geometric dimensioning and tolerance.

  • 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 have high school diploma or equivalent GED.

  • High level of urgency (Agility)

  • Desire to complete product to exceed customer expectations. (Cultivate Customer Intimacy)

  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate machinery.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Nature and Scope of Role:

This role must be flexible in their work schedule as they will perform a majority of their duties on an off shift when the machines are open. This is a high stress machinist role as the product must be produced keeping safety as number 1 and producing a quality product within a 24-72 hour time window depending on the product.

Perform all processes required to manufacture prototype products per delivery schedule in accordance with engineering drawing and quality specifications. Processes to include set up and operate CNC lathes and mills, set up and operate equipment to fabricate spring energizers, product assembly, and production testing when required. Dimensional and visual inspection of product using various measuring equipment and tools, which include calipers, micrometers, pi tapes, comparator, smart scope, CMM, profilometer, or any other measuring tool that’s required. When issues arise that impact prototype quality and/or routed steps, identify root cause and recommend solution to programming or process engineering. Solution may include program editing, cutting tool or fixture modification. When not manufacturing prototype products time will be spent machining normal production orders as directed by the shift supervisor. Maintain a clean and safe work environment by adhering to all safety policies and procedures and implementing/sustaining 5s principles.

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.