Advanced Instrument Maker

General Dynamics Mission Systems (


  full-time   employee

United States

Basic Qualifications
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Trade school training and completion of a formal or informal four year apprenticeship in an associated trade such as machining, tool and die making is preferred, plus a minimum of five years of extensive experience in a precision model or prototype shop operations is preferred. In lieu of a degree or apprenticeship, directly related experience that would qualify the incumbent to satisfactorily perform the job duties.
Department of Defense security clearance is not required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.
Responsibilities for this Position
General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for an Advanced Instrument Maker. The position provides an opportunity to enhance the performance and profitability of an organization that supports some of our nation?s fundamental defense services. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.
Supports concurrent engineering efforts through development of new concepts and techniques in the machining and fabrication of new products with limited supervision
Works concurrently with design engineers and manufacturing personnel to come up with creative and rapid design solutions
Follows through by implementing solutions for prototypes, demonstrating ingenuity and innovation with machine tools and machining centers
Transforms information from prints, written instructions, sketches and oral instructions into finished working mechanisms
Sets up and operates all types of precision tool room equipment
Uses precision measuring equipment
Machines to close tolerances and finish requirements
May specialize in precision sheet metal work or machine work
Fabricates tools required in the forming of sheet metal parts and assemblies
Fabricates all types of sheet metal parts with proficiency
Performs all necessary mathematical computations related to the dimensions, tolerances, set-up and speeds and feeds of parts and machines
Interprets the extremely complex drawings and diagrams
Works well in a customer support role
Works well with people including design engineers, manufacturing, materiel and quality to ensure that customer needs are satisfied at all levels

Considerable knowledge of machine shop, tool room practices and shop practices
Considerable knowledge of the workability of ferrous, non-ferrous metals, plastics and other composite materials and their machining characteristics
Ability to work from limited design information or guidance in order to fabricate/machine prototype concept/item
Ability to use computer aided design (CAD) tools
Considerable interpersonal skills
Considerable communication skills, both verbal and written
Considerable problem solving skills
Considerable Time management skills
Ability to participate on cross-functional teams
Considerable computer skills
Company Overview
General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!
General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran