Machine Operator/ Setter Operator - Fixed Term Contract 12 months

  • Crewe, UK
  • Contract

Company Description

Chromalloy is an international technology company specialized in innovative solutions in the field of gas turbine engines. Chromalloy is one of the world’s largest non-OEM providers of advanced coatings, repairs and replacement parts for gas turbine engines. We are the only non-OEM provider in the world that offers coatings, repairs, production and revision from a single source. Chromalloy is some 4000 employees strong and works on new solutions daily, for customers’ products in Aero-, Military- and industrial Gas Turbines. Chromalloy Crewe is a site with approximately 150 employees and specialises in Grinding and Machining for Aerospace and Industrial Gas Turbines.  

Job Description


A Setter / Operator Machinist performs complicated machining activities, using multiple critical machines within his / her area of expertise across multiple departments. Experience desirable in Grinding / EDM / DHD - 3/5 Axis Blohm Profimat/Planomat, Makino, EDM and DHD including CNC programming. It can include both part-specific work, mostly just pieces, or serial work.


  • Reads (customer) documentation, drawings and understand the specifications.
  • Read and understand the applicable documentation (i.e work descriptions, drawings) and regulation.
  • Visual inspection of the part.
  • If applicable choose needed CNC program.
  • Machine-specific preparations.
  • Operate multiple Conventional or CNC machines.
  • Undertake the necessary operations in accordance with internal and external regulations
  • Monitor progress and where necessary adjust the machine/program
  • Visual and dimensional inspection of machining results using measuring tools.
  • Administration of work performed.
  • Identify and resolve process / production problems, including reporting.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and act on, including reporting.
  • The proactive support of engineering in the design of new processes and working methods.
  • Act as a troubleshooter / trainer for colleagues for all relevant machines.
  • Cleaning of the workplace and implementing improvements, e.g 5S.
  • Preventive maintenance.


Working in a technically and technologically-challenging environment and within a fast paced environment.


  1. Team player – Be able to work as a team.
  2. Attention to detail – Pay meticulous attention to details
  3. Computer literacy – Ability to operate MS Office software, CNC software
  4. Organisational skills – Ability to multi-task and prioritize daily workload. Ability to work with limited supervision and to tight deadlines.
  5. Perseverance – Pursue everything with energy, drive and a need to finish; give up seldom even in the face of resistance or setbacks. Proactive attitude and ability to act on own initiative.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of machining desirable
  • Experience working in a fast-paced production environment producing machined components to high tolerances.
  • Must have the technical aptitude to understand all areas of machining including both manual and CNC processes.
  • Experience of aerospace desirable.
  • Must possess comprehensive knowledge of geometric tolerances as related to tool and fixture design.
  • Operate, control and set up multiple machines (also programming on CNC machines).
  • Machining techniques. machining processes.
  • Apply measuring and adjusting tools.
  • Lean manufacturing, operational excellence and modern manufacturing management processes.


  • Reading drawings and planning documentation.
  • Have a keen eye for detail, be able to multi-task and stay calm under pressure.
  • Safety conscious and aware of warehouse and other hazards
  • Have strong interpersonal and good communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels
  • Possess excellent organisation and time management skills.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team, but also be able to work using own initiative whilst being able to work under pressure
  • A self-motivated approach and a proactive attitude



  • Engineering qualification such as BTEC/ HNC/ HND desirable
  • Apprenticeship ( time served) desirable  
  • Previous Experience in Aerospace or Industrial Gas Turbine industry    desirable
  • Grinding and Machining/ EDM experience desirable

Additional Information

This role is additionally for 12 months, but has the potential to become permanent. Chromalloy is an Equal Opportunities employer. The role offers an 8% employer pension contribution, 33 days a year annual leave and a free cashplan healthcare scheme for all employees. 

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