CNC Machinist

General Mills

General Mills

Golden Valley, MN, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Job Description


A CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Machinist in the James Ford Bell Technical Center Machine Shop will fabricate and assemble food process or packaging equipment, parts, prototypes, extrusion dies, cutters, formers, tooling, or fixtures to specifications required on detailed engineering design drawings. The CNC Machinist will interpret and sometimes create two and three dimensional engineering drawings using computer aided design software such as Solidworks. The CNC machinist will import the design geometry into computer aided manufacturing software such as Mastercam or Insight, then program CNC 3, 4 and 5 axis milling, turning, additive manufacturing, and wire electrical discharge machine tools to fabricate the parts as required. The CNC machinist must have a strong understanding of various materials used in the food industry such as Stainless, Carbon and Tool steels, Plastics, and Composites. They must be able to set-up complex precision machine tools and measure the finished quality of their completed parts following geometric tolerancing and surface finish symbols using coordinate measuring systems, vision measuring, and hand measuring tools such as micrometers, surface roughness meter, or Vernier calipers, to meet part tolerances of .0001 (one ten-thousandths) on an inch. A strong understanding of sanitary design and fabrication principles are needed to ensure the parts and equipment that are made do not contaminate food during production. At advanced levels, a CNC machinist will be asked to assemble the completed parts, combining them with power transmission, operator machine controls, food and human safety devices into proprietary test or production equipment used in our General Mills manufacturing facilities. Complex parts and assemblies made by an individual CNC Machinist can range up to $500,000.


Duties / Tasks

  • Basic CNC knowledge of 2 and 3 axis operations.
  • Creates basic Mastercam Programs.
  • Basic introduction to Solidworks CAD.
  • Proficient in all manual machining operations (grinding, turning, milling, drilling).
  • Proficient in use precision measuring tools.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in basic hand and power tools.
  • Basic introduction to metals, plastics, elastomers, composites.
  • Begins work on completion of “Shop Core” on-boarding skills.
  • Supports small equipment assemblies with senior level machinist.
  • Demonstrated math competencies in (fractions, decimals, geometry, trigonometry, metrics).
  • Beginning exposure to power transmission components.
  • Proficiency in selection and use of various fasteners.
  • Machines complex parts or assembles precision process equipment up to $50,000.


  • Associates in Applied Science Degree in an accredited CNC Machining or Machine Tool Technology Program.
  • Capability to complete machining or assembly project execution ($50,000 or less).
  • Strong mechanical aptitude with ability to perform machining and precision assembly.


  • 1+ year in machining and/or fabrication environment experience.

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $48400.00 - $66700.00 / Annually. At General Mills we strive for each employee's pay at any point in their career to reflect their experiences performance and skills for their current role. The salary range for this role represents the numerous factors considered in the hiring decisions including, but not limited to, educations, skills, work experience, certifictions, etc. As such, pay for the succesful candidate(s) could fall anywhere within the stated range. Beyond base salary, General Mills offers a competitive Total Rewards package focusing on your overall well-being. We are proud to offer a foundation of health benefits, retirement and financial wellbeing, time off programs, wellbeing support and perks. Benefits may vary by role, country, region, union status, and other employment status factors. You may also be eligible to participate in an annual incentive program. An incentive award, if any, depends on various factors, including, individual and organizational performance.