Manual Turner

The Role

An exciting time to join a fast-growing company where opportunities have arisen for Manual Turner working within the machine shop. Skilled conventional turner required to work on a variety of production machinery. While the role is primarily to set and run centre lathes, experience on turret and bed mills is also highly desirable. The production operative will work safely on a number of machines or processes and will be expected to
meet set production and quality targets on a daily basis.

Required Skills

• Conventional turner should be a formally qualified apprentice with ideally 3-5 years of experience of working in a production environment. If not apprentice qualified, then they should be time served, preferably with about 5-7 years of experience of working on centre lathes in a production environment.
• Knowledge of machining composite materials (desirable). Turners should be confident in turning parts ranging from 5mm in diameter up to 1800mm in diameter and possibly even bigger in future. Part lengths will range from around 2mm up 3000mm.
• Machinists must be confident in their abilities to calculate angles, radii etc to meet customer drawing features. Likewise, the ability to design and where necessary make tooling to aid in the machining of specific features will be highly advantageous.
• Majority of items to be machined will be washers, flanged bushes, plain bushes, grooved bearings and split bearings. Experience of eccentric turning and trepanning is also required.
• The parts will generally be machined from composite materials produced by the Diamorph group. These materials will all be machined using extraction or LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) and cannot be cut with coolant.
• The machines to be used range from small lathes such as a Holroyd groover and Colchester student lathe to mid-range lathes such as Broadbent Stanley 3m long bed lathe and Cochester Mastiff lathe. Various vertical borers will also be used so experience on those will be beneficial.
• Operators self-inspect their work with operation First Off’s having a secondary inspection performed by a fellow operator before being signed off. As such, it is expected that skilled operators will be confident in the use of standard hand-held inspection equipment with knowledge of CMM and Shadowgraph use considered an advantage.
• Experience of working in a target driven production environment
• Furthermore, as skilled machinists it is expected that they will be able to read and interpret engineering drawings with a good understanding of the related G,D & T symbols and how they apply to the part.


• Ensure any activities you carry out are done with Health and Safety criteria at the forefront – i.e ensure Safe Working Procedures, Risk Assessments and Lock out/Tag Out procedures are read and understood before operating any equipment on site.
• Raise any performance or H&S issues immediately with the shift leader or supervisor.
• Meet production and quality criteria on a daily basis.
• Ensure documentation is completed fully and accurately when performing any duties on the shop floor.
• Carry out quality checks on products and record the information accurately.
• Make suggestions on how to improve the processes in relation to production quality or manufacturing time.
• Maintain a high level of housekeeping standards in any area you operate
• Assist in training and mentoring new operatives and apprentices in that cell
• To carry out additional reasonable duties as required by business needs.

Skills & Abilities

Good communication and numeracy skills and can be proactive and flexible

In exchange we offer:

• 26 days of annual leave
• 3% Employer Pension Contribution
• Income protection scheme and Private medical cover
• Cycle to work scheme

£25,000 to £36,000 Inc double days shift allowance
£25,000 to £40,000 Inc night shift allowance

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