IDEX PE Lab Machinist in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Title: PE Lab Machinist

Business Unit: Viking Pump


406 State Street

Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50613-3343

United States

Function: Engineering



Operates Product Engineering Lab machinery in fabrication of components for pump prototypes, samples, cutaways, test pumps, fixtures and equipment required for R & D programmed tests.


  • Set up and operate machines to include manual and CNC equipment to produce prototype pump components, subsequently may be required to assemble pumps for lab or field tests.

  • Set up and operate machines to produce pump cutaway models, subsequently will assemble pump and finish (paint, etc.).

  • Set up and operate machines to modify pump components for test, fixtures, jigs and/or other lab apparatus and equipment.

  • Maintain display models in condition suitable for show purposes.

  • Maintain machine tools and equipment clean and in good working order, recommending need for extraordinary maintenance.

  • Fabricate parts other than above as required.

  • Assist in the CAM Programming of prototype part testing using 3D modeling.

  • Write CNC programs for the machining of prototype parts.

  • Adhere to established safety guidelines and procedures.

  • Perform other related duties as required, including testing of pumps and prototypes.

  • Serve as backup for certified testing and engineering work orders as required.



  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • 2 year Technical degree in Tool and Die or CNC machining, including CNC Programming training.

  • Three to five years experience in an industrial machining environment with use of CNC technologies and individual responsibility for machine programming, and tool and fixturing setup.

  • 4 year Manufacturing Technology, Technology Management, Advance Manufacturing, or related degree and related experience.


  • Must have working knowledge of machine shop machine tools including CNC lathe, CNC milling machine, surface grinder and other small shop tools.

  • Possess ability to produce work at acceptable quality and quantity within limits of equipment available.

  • Requires ability to produce parts from blueprints, sketches and/or verbal instruction using shop mathematics and handbook formulae.

  • Remain up to date and maintain knowledge of manufacturing technology, CNC programming, CAM software, and related information.

  • Ability to use gages and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements.

  • Ability to read blueprints.

  • Properly align, secure and remove part fixtures, attachments and materials onto machines.

  • Recognize and properly use inserts and tooling.

  • Familiar with machine tool controls (e.g. Fanuc).

  • Able to read common G & M code.

  • Ability to troubleshoot machine and tooling issues.

  • Recognize and properly adjust tool and fixture offsets to meet tolerance requirements.


  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, and Outlook.

  • Proficient with Edgecam and Solidworks or similar Cad Cam software to write CNC programs for the machining of prototype parts.


  • Ability to move within office and manufacturing complex, write by hand and keyboard, and perform general office functions.

  • Ability to communicate by speech and hearing via phone and in person.

  • Visual acuity needed for close detail work and computer use.

  • General manufacturing, warehouse and office environment.

  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds on a regular basis and up to 70 pounds on a periodic basis.

  • Able to work under minimal supervision.


  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate with customers, suppliers and all levels of corporate and company personnel.

  • Requires contact with Engineering (P.E. Lab personnel, Engineers, Designers and Design Drafters), Marketing & Communications, and Shop personnel.

IDEX is an equal opportunity employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

REQ ID: 2103