Manufacturing Coordinator/Programmer

Date: Dec 31, 2022

Location: Red Wing, MN, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Company Overview:


DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, work holding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors. 


Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world.  The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and Central Research Laboratories (CRL) Manipulators and Transfer Ports. 


Central Research Laboratories, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of remote handling solutions for the Nuclear and Life Science industries. Founded in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1945, CRL leverages decades of innovative industry experience to design and manufacture high precision, customized solutions for various Nuclear and Life Science applications.


DESTACO is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 13 locations.  DESTACO’s Central Research Laboratories Business Unit is headquartered in Red Wing, Minnesota, and is a leader in remote handling solutions including Telemanipulators, Transfer Systems and Glove Ports.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion.  The company delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services through three major operating segments: Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment.  Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”

Position Summary:

This position functions as a Machinist as well as a CNC Programmer

The Programmer will perform a variety of duties to program CNC mills and lathes to perform diversified and complex machining operations involving close tolerances, including designing and programming jigs and fixtures.


The Machinist sets up, operates, and adjusts various types of conventional or automatic machines including CNC machines, lathes, drill presses, grinders and other precision equipment and may assist Manufacturing Team Members in the set-up of machines. This position reports to the Manufacturing Supervisor.


Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to:


CNC Programmer


  • Interpret drawings and write programs for CNC machines that include proper methodology, tooling, cutting speeds and feeds to generate quality parts in accordance with production standards.
  • Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify new program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.  Consult with and assist machine operators to define and resolve problems in running CNC machine programs.  Provide technical support to machine operators.
  • Study and interpret drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work pieces, sequence of operations and set-up requirements to maximize efficiencies. 
  • Create & revise set-up sheets based on tooling selection criteria and order tooling.  Estimate set-up and run times. 
  • Monitor and verify the accuracy of each job’s initial set-up and outcome. 
  • Revise programs and documentation based on engineering changes. 
  • Evaluate existing programs for efficiency improvements. 
  • Design and manufacture machining fixtures prior to item launch.
  • Update existing fixtures for improved machinability/efficiency.
  • Maintain & update various computer databases related to programming.




  • Works from drawings and written instructions to create parts. 
  • Performs a wide variety of duties to set up and operate CNC machines. Performs diversified and complex operations on one or more machines simultaneously as required. 
  • Writes and edits programs as needed to meet overall part tolerance requirements. 
  • Requires basic knowledge of various metal and of measurements used in machining processes to provide technical leadership and assist in training less experienced machinist. 
  • Understands all aspects of operating machines (every switch/button) and can proficiently run multiple machines simultaneously in the department.
  • Handles change overs without assistance, has the ability/understanding of CNC machine logic, able to write basic programs, post-edit CNC programs to fine-tune processes for optimal performance and can read, find errors and troubleshoot programs. 
  • Capable of setting up jobs, running jobs and inspecting parts. 
  • Capable of performing all “external” setup tasks for the next job, while the machine is running.
  • Possesses basic math and problem-solving abilities.
  • Reads prints to recognize specifications for various surfaces being machined.
  • Works from prints and determine operational sequences; select tools, spindle speeds, tool feed rates and chucking/holding requirements in accordance with materials.
  • Inspects work pieces at beginning of and throughout production run to ensure part meets tolerance requirements.
  • Inspects and understands when to replace cutting tools. 
  • Demonstrates ability to effectively use all necessary measuring tools to assure conformance to print.
  • Understands and verifies tolerances for machined surfaces. 
  • Detects worn tools and replaces tooling as appropriate.
  • Establish proper tool offsets and make necessary adjustments. 
  • Performs preventative maintenance as needed on assigned equipment.
  • Advises supervisor of conduct that may violate rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in DESTACO with appropriate expectations for the job level:

Safety – Understands safe operation of equipment, tools, and PPE.  Recognizes potential for dangerous situations; uses safe work practices.  Utilizes behavior-based safety methods to sustain a safe working environment.

Ethics and Work Standards: Maintain the highest ethical and work standards, while promoting the same attributes in co-workers and others. 

Communication:  Expresses thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing, using good grammar.  Listens to understand input, feedback, and concerns.  Provides complete information in an open, honest, and straightforward manner.  Responds promptly and positively to questions and requests.

Teamwork/Relationships:  Works with other employees willingly and in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork.  Supports cooperation.  Demonstrates a commitment to the entire business and is supportive of all initiatives (company and departmental) to help grow the business.  Cooperates fully with others to achieve organizational goals. Is tactful, courteous, and considerate.  Embraces a positive outlook.  Is respected and trusted by others.

Continual Improvement and Problem Resolution: Identifies and communicates suggestions for work improvements.  Works with others to develop solutions which meet company-wide needs and objectives.  Applies a sense of urgency to resolve problems or creates opportunities that will increase productivity and create value.  Shares best practices with other employees.

Accountability:  Accepts responsibility regarding projects/programs/duties as outlined in this job description. Advises supervisor of concerns, problems and progress of work in a timely manner.


Job Requirements:


  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Knowledge of CNC machining and programming operations as generally acquired in one to three years of trades training or vocational schooling
  • 3 years of experience in setting up, operating, and programming CNC machine.
  • 2 years experience in CNC Programming. 
  • Advanced knowledge and use of precision measuring equipment.  Advanced knowledge of reading drawings and specs with an understanding of geometric tolerancing and dimensions. 
  • Advanced knowledge of programming segments and corresponding operations. 
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft, Excel, Word, Auto-CAD and other computer programs. 
  • Ability to adjust to competing demands and frequent changes. 
  • Must possess math skills in geometry.  Experience in Solidworks Viewer, Gibbs CAM, Expert DNC Programming desirable.  Must be able to read and understand CNC & NCF programming language


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Stand 10 hours a day.
  • Good manual dexterity.
  • Eye hand coordination and attention to detail.
  • Ability to bend, twist and turn.

Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent education or experience.
  • Associates degree preferred

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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