Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) is a leader in energetic system solutions offered to aerospace and defense customers for a wide array of applications. EBA&D products & capabilities set the U.S. standard and are highly sought after in the international community.

EBAD seeks a qualified candidate for the position CNC Swiss/ CNC / Manual Machinist, reporting to the Site Manager. The position is for 1st shift and is located in San Rafael, CA.

The CNC Swiss Machinist is responsible for fabricating precision-machined parts by setting up and operating a Swiss style CNC machining center per work orders, routers, & blueprints. Parts are smaller in size, 12” max. Most runs are short, 10 to 500 pieces.


  • Complete tool, fixture, and material setup on CNC Mill and lathe.

  • Running first piece article ready for inspection.

  • Verifying parts by using precision measuring equipment.

  • Changing tools and offsets based in cutting conditions.

  • Using proper methodology and cutting tools to produce quality parts that adhere to production and quality standards.

  • Using proper feed, speed, and other cutting parameters based on work piece matls such as aluminum, steel, stainless steel, titanium, etc.

  • Revising programs as needed based on engineering or production required changes.

  • Participating in troubleshooting on CNC programming and production related issues on the shop floor.

  • Other similar or related duties as required.


  • Must be able to read and interpret engineering drawings and blueprints.

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in CNC operation with setup experience.

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience operating a Swiss style machining center.

  • Ability to operate manual mills and lathes without supervision.

  • Dual spindle lathe and 5 axis milling experience a plus.

  • Fanuc Controller experience a plus.

  • Autodesk Feature CAM programming software experience a plus.

  • General knowledge of GD&T, blueprint reading and inspection tools

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Be able to communicate technical instructions to semi-and non-skilled labor.

  • Work with little or no supervision, previous lead experience a plus.

  • Minimum High school education or equivalent.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to communicate with others effectively in both written and verbal fashion.  

The Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.