Lead Machinist

Position Location US-CA-Rancho Santa Margarita




Applied Medical is a new generation medical device company with a proven business model and commitment to innovation that has fueled our rapid business growth and expansion. Applied Medical has been developing and manufacturing advanced surgical technologies for nearly 30 years, and has earned a strong reputation in healthcare.  Our dedication to delivering the highest quality products and unique business positioning, provides our team members with the unique ability to contribute in a larger capacity than is possible in typical positions.

Position Description

As a Lead Machinist, you will be responsible for working within the framework of a team and performing the following activities:Providing leadership, direction, training and coordination

  • Performing all manufacturing and production operations for respective work area in various machine shop work centers, including CNC Milling, Swiss Screw and Stamping
  • Leading process and program improvement initiatives, as well as machine troubleshooting
  • Ensuring adherence to Applied Quality Systems (QS) including; SOP's, MI's, QI's, TM's, engineering drawings and shop order operations and sequence
  • Performing basic troubleshooting of CNC, Swiss Screw, Wire EDM, and Stamping manufacturing processes
  • Participating in the design and development of new products, materials, manufacturing processes, fixtures & equipment
  • Assisting in the implementation of process improvements such as; Update machine parameters, perform efficiency studies, capacity analysis, etc.
  • Assisting in root cause analysis for issues that may be related to machining, automated machines, or product/process design
  • Meeting production, scheduling, and quality goals

Position Requirements

This position requires the following skills and attributes:

  • Work flexible and extended hours as needed
  • Be a detail-oriented and quality-minded individual
  • Possess basic machine shop math skills and ability to perform calculations
  • Experience with Star, Citizen, Deco, Makino, Hurco and/or Matsuura is a plus
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, ear plugs, etc.
  • 5+ years of work experience related to CNC machining
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment


  • Training and mentorship with ongoing learning and development courses
  • On-campus wellness activities
  • Comprehensive medical and dental and vision coverage
  • Education reimbursement program
  • 401(k) program with discretionary employer match
  • Generous vacation accrual and paid holiday schedule


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