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Danaher Corporation Sea-Bird Scientific - Machinist III in Bellevue, Washington

Sea-Bird Scientific, headquartered in Bellevue WA, is the market leader in precision measurement instruments for oceanographic measurement and research.

Sea-Bird Scientific has an immediate opening for a Machinist III to support R&D. The machinist’s goal is to manually operate machines and produce complex production and prototype parts to high-tolerance design specifications in an accurate and timely manner. In this role, you will be producing prototype parts from basic designs to complex assemblies with small production runs. You will join an interdisciplinary and collaborative Engineering team. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. This position relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Essential Functions:

  • Machine high quality, precision parts and tooling

  • Handle material from rough stock to finished parts

  • Understanding how to select and prepare appropriate tools, machines, and materials to be used for machining work in both soft materials (e.g., plastic, aluminum, etc.) as well as superalloy/refractory materials (e.g., Titanium, Inconel, etc.)

  • Read and understand technical drawings; follow written and verbal instructions to perform technical work and operate conventional, special purpose and CNC milling centers

  • Study blueprints, sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work piece, sequence of operations, and setup requirements

  • Maintain specifications by observing drilling, grooving, and cutting, including turning, facing, knurling and thread chasing operations; taking measurements; detecting malfunctions; troubleshooting processes and equipment; adjusting and reprogramming controls; sharpening and replacing worn tools; monitoring coolant; adjusting feeds and speeds

  • Perform hand work: deburring using deburring tools, drilling and tapping holes and assembly

  • Design and fabricate custom tools and fixtures including designing alignment and holding fixtures, 3 and 4-jaw chucks, attachments, and materials onto machines

  • Use a variety of precision inspection instruments to verify machined components meet engineering drawing geometric tolerances proficiently including: digital/dial calipers and micrometers

  • Measure, examine, and tests completed units to detect defects and ensure conformance to specifications

  • Program, set up, and operate a 3-axis CNC mill and operate a manual mill and lathe

  • Assist engineers and designers with design activities and make suggestions relating to the machining and fabrication of parts and assemblies

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Minimum 5+years’ experience preferred in set-up and programming of CNC vertical milling machines and turning machines. Experience in manual machining should include but not limited to millers, lathes, surface grinder and saws.

  • High school diploma or equivalent with 4-6 years of relevant experience

  • Two-year machinist vocational program with 3-5 years of experience

  • Broad knowledge of vital instruments and tools

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with little supervision

  • Excellent attention to detail, and ability to perform precise procedures consistently

  • Ability to expertly use a wide variety of different machine types and tools

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to, stand, squat, turn/twist, use hands to: handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to sit, hear, walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, and smell. Good eye hand coordination is required.

  • The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds and/or frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

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

Work Environment: Manufacturing

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

  • Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses may not be allowed in some areas.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here.