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Prototype Machinist

At UMC, as a family owned business, we pride ourselves on our service, integrity, and ingenuity.  Our path to growth is paved by investing in our people. The strategy is simple: when our people grow, our company grows. UMC’s employees have an unparalleled spirit of commitment and ingenuity. We’re a strong team of skilled individuals working together to create high quality products and effective solutions.

The Prototype Machinist is involved in the process development and methodologies of manufacturing first run parts that will contribute and/or establish full production processes. Schedule is Mon-Thurs 6am to 4:30pm (4-10 hour days)


The primary duties and responsibilities of the Prototype Machinist consist of but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrates effective and clear documentation of methods for future application(s) for production operations
  • Ability to complete new/existing machine setups
  • Perform in-process inspection of machined products (including documentation of results)
  • Assist in development of tooling, processes and fixturing for various machining operations
  • Complete machine preventative maintenance to include minor repairs
  • Complete secondary operations i.e. deburr, polish, etc. in cycle time per print and process
  • Collaborate with engineering units on part process initiation, improvement, and completion
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of health and safety, responsible for safety awareness, while upholding and improving the culture of safety within the organization. Identify opportunities for improvement and act if appropriate, before a problem occurs. Report potential hazards, unsafe working conditions, unsafe equipment, unsafe acts, and injuries immediately
  • Other tasks as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Minimum Requirements – High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Two-year certificate in machine trades – preferred
  • Minimum work experience – 5 years in a manufacturing environment in relating to machine trades and the products produced preferred
  • Prior experience in prototype or piece work preferred


  • Strong CAD/CNC programming skills
  • Knowledge of SPC and ERP systems
  • Knowledge of various/unique setup/fixturing techniques
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication
  • Ability to research new tooling trends and operations pertaining to prototyping and production
  • Proficient in GD&T
  • Strong mathematics and trigonometry skills
  • Strong Trigonometry skills preferred
  • Understanding of multiple manufacturing processes
  • Highly detailed
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Able to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Understanding of tools required to check product to guarantee part quality
  • Embodies the personal commitment to the shared core values of UMC: Curiosity, Versatility, Integrity, Grit, Go Beyond

Physical Requirements

· Various sitting periods throughout the shift

· Frequent lifting of materials up to 30 lbs., occasional lifting to 70 lbs.

· Pushing/pulling carts and/or pallet jacks

· Dexterity – with computers, ability to type, use of mouse, at a computer

· Continuous use of hands and upper extremities in fine and gross manipulation using various wrist positions and grip/pinch spans to operate equipment, push buttons, carry boxes, push carts, etc.

· Frequent firm grip with tools requiring torque to tighten machine parts, tooling, and fixtures

· Dexterity – with computers, ability to type, use of mouse, at a computer

· Must be able to meet customer demand requirements for performing visual inspection and/or other product acceptance activities with or without accommodation (only for positions in which this is a requirement of the job per the customer requirement)

Job Details

  • Department: Manufacturing
  • Date: December 9, 2021
  • Reports To: Manager of Production
  • Job Family: Technical/Production
  • Location: Monticello, MN
  • Job Group: Production
  • OT Status: Not Exempt
  • Shift: Monday-Thursday 6:00am-4:30pm
  • Relocation Available: No