Welcome To Chris Reeve Knives - Applying For The CNC Machinist Setup/Operator (Level 2) / Mill precision knife parts / 4-day Workweek Position

Chris Reeve Knives is held together by a shared passion for precision, quality, and forward-thinking. You can see the results in our products. For over 30 years, our flagship, The Sebenza, has seen a handful of developments and changes but still maintains the same solid lock up, pristine finishes, and a worldwide reputation for manufacturing quality. We believe in treating every aspect of our business - from the back of the shop to the front - like a Sebenza: a constant challenge to bring quality, innovation, and excellence to our industry.

As a CNC Machinist Setup/Operator (Level 2), you will:

  • Proficiently operate machines to produce knife parts
  • Setup CNC machines with verbal or written instruction under minimal supervision
  • Accurately use common machinist tools to measure & inspect parts (i.e., Micrometer, calipers, indicators, optical comparator, and CMM machines)
  • Read and fully understand blueprints to determine dimensional and finish tolerances on parts
  • Properly complete required paperwork (Work orders, time cards, etc.)  
  • Proficiently meet time and schedule standards for assigned work
  • Perform non-machining tasks when necessary
  • Greatly understand how to maintain offsets and tooling to achieve high-quality parts and effective tool usage
  • Manage material inventory and work orders in your area 
  • Maintain safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations
  • Adhere to standard work schedule and promptly communicate when time off is required
  • Perform daily and weekly maintenance and cleaning on equipment (i.e., filling lubricating oil, topping of coolant, general cleaning, and wiping down machine)
  • Measure and analyze production parts frequently to ensure quality

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • Required minimum of four years of machining experience or two years of machining technology education with two years of machining experience
  • Experience with DMG MORI mills, Haas mills, Star lathes, Mazak mills, and Fanuc Robo drills
  • Good comprehension of NC-Code / G-Code programming language (preferred)
  • Good understanding of speeds and feeds for tools used to cut metal and composites
  • Excellent level of understanding of machines for drilling, grinding, and milling
  • Exceptional communication skills and confidence in receiving feedback
  • Self-motivation with the ambition to learn and grow from others
  • Initiative to complete tasks independently, from start to finish
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Advanced math skills, ability to understand and use geometry and trigonometry

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently lift and move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift more than 50 pounds.
  • Stand and walk for 10 hours a day

Pre-employment Checks:

  • The prospective candidate must be able to pass a pre-employment alcohol and drug screening.
  • A background check will be conducted.

Work Schedule:

Machine shop shift: Four ten-hour day shifts from 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Thursday with breaks and lunch.

Base Wage:

Our starting wage begins at $24-$28 per hour DOE for a Setup/Operator and increases depending on performance.


  • Health insurance
  • 401k plan, including a company match
  • Paid time off
  • Paid major holidays
  • Employee discount

The fine print: This job summary describes the general nature and level of work leaders assigned to this job perform. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities but provide a baseline summary. Full details of expectations and responsibilities will be provided upon hire.

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