Machine Tool Development Technician

Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: Discussed on application
Location: Gillingham, Kent
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 911035
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Just Recruitment is recruiting for a Machine Tool Development Technician on behalf of a company based in Gillingham, Kent.

You will be working within an established highly skilled team, to provide fault diagnosis, process development and production support to the automotive manufacturing and R&D facility. This position requires ‘hands on’ strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work both efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced dynamic environment.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Fault diagnosis on machine tools and assembly and test machines.
  • Development and set up of manufacturing and assembly machine tools including:-
  • Machine referencing and setting datums
  • Manual clocking of axes and fixture set up
  • Creation/editing of CNC programmes
  • Offsetting, grid shifts and backlash compensation
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers to source service engineers, spares etc.
  • Understand the impact key machine downtime will have, plan/organise accordingly
  • Ensuring processes are set according to quality standards
  • Installation and commissioning of newly purchased machines
  • Continuous improvement of existing processes
  • Commissioning of new equipment (including commissioning at supplier’s facility)
  • Use of CMMS for handovers and asset traceability



  • An engineering background with involvement with Machine tools and processes
  • CNC appreciation
  • Workshop skills (turning, milling, grinding and bench fitting)
  • Understanding engineering drawings and geometric tolerancing
  • Use of basic measurement equipment – calliper, micrometre,DTI etc
  • Structured approach to problem-solving
  • Good understanding of cutting tools, abrasives


  • Knowledge of jig and fixture making
  • Welding Mig, Tig and Arc
  • CNC programming in Fanuc / Siemens systems
  • Appreciation of machine parameter setting
  • Understanding of in-process gauging systems including spindle probe



  • Educated to HNC/HND in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent


  • Apprenticeship served
  • IOSH or NEBOSH qualified
  • Abrasive wheel certificate
Contact Tracey Bates to talk about this role on 01376 517079