Kimber Manufacturing


Job Information

Kimber Mfg., Inc.

Job Description

Job Title: Prototype Programmer

Location: Troy, AL

Classification: Non-exempt

Grade: Hourly

Department: Engineering

Reports To: Director of Engineering


The Prototype Programmer will execute proper setup and programming techniques in accordance with safety and quality requirements. This involves downloading programs, validating or setting up tool locations, performing First Piece Inspection and meeting run rates. Equipment will include Mills, Lathes, CNC’s and screw machines. This position will mentor and assist with the training of CNC technicians.


  • Implement and sustain S, Q, D, C activities
  • Develop, sustain and improve CNC machine tool methods and procedures
  • Suggest/optimizes machine tool speeds and feeds to maintain high manufacturing productivity, holding the required tolerances (+/- .0002”) and obtaining maximizing tool life
  • Develop CNC programs for 2 to 5-axis machines using SolidWorks, Mastercam and similar software
  • Develop the best CNC method of manufacturing with regards to machine selection, fixtures and tooling
  • Assist tool selection in the development and implementation of fixtures for new product development
  • Develop standard work, tool setup sheets, and standard operations for production jobs
  • Trouble shoot various problems (improper tooling, dull tools, wrong location of machined feature, code errors, etc.) and develop corrective action to prevent reoccurrence
  • Perform Quality Assurance activities while operating equipment (Optical systems, calipers, gages, indicators)
  • Participate in Productive Maintenance activity
  • Understand datums and install fixtures (Datums, Tombstone, Plates)
  • Operation of multiple machining centers (milling and lathe)
  • Monitoring and recording of part dimensions using Micro-Hite, slip and pin gauges

Training activities in fabrication, setup and programming with CNC Fabrication Technicians.

  • Interpret technical prints (GD&T)
  • Must have knowledge of CNC machine “G-Code” and troubleshooting skills
  • Experience maintaining and changing tools
  • Experience determining offsets and adjusting accordingly
  • Interpret Work Orders and enter data into the Manufacturing database (ERP)
  • Ability to perform first piece inspection using Height Gauge, Micrometer, and Caliper

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience in operation of C.N.C. Milling and/or turning machines for 3-5 year minimum
  • Experience in simultaneous and effective operation of multiple CNC machines
  • Working knowledge of Fanuc Programming language including Macro B
  • Knowledge of metal machining
  • Vocational/Technical Degree
  • Lean manufacturing experience
  • Turn mill experience
  • 5S knowledge and experience

Must have excellent communication skills; reading, writing and listening. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret blueprints. Ability write and read spreadsheets


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Travel will normally be less than 5% (training, equipment development, satellite facility support) to 0%.


Attendance is an essential job requirement defined as having regular, consistent, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance including the ability to work regular hours and shifts, overtime before and after shifts and on weekends. Ability to work as part of a team, including all related departments/plants or independently as required to achieve internal and external customer satisfaction.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

While performing the duties of the job the employee works in a manufacturing environment and may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to touch, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, or crouch.

The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds. The vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus. The employee must have the ability to stand for long periods of time and work 8 to 12-hour shifts.


This position requires compliance with ITAR requirement. Must be a “U.S. Person” (per ITAR 120.15) and are required to show proof substantiating this upon being hired.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Activities, duties and/or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice at the sole discretion of the Company.

Kimber Manufacturing