Vertical Turning Lathe (VTL) Programmer

Vertical Turning Lathe (VTL) Programmer

Position Summary:
Advanced-level CNC machine programmer capable of developing and maintaining accurate and efficient CNC machine code for large diameter Vertical Turning Lathes (VTL).

Responsible for utilizing CAD, CAM and various other systems to manage a library of tooling, programs and metal cutting information.  Understands and applies the latest cutting tool technologies to reduce overall part cycle time.  Capable of unassisted setup and operation of VTL/CNC equipment.

Working Relationships:
Collaborates with Design Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering on new product and tooling development to ensure commonality and suitability of manufacture. 

Works closely with Production and Scheduling to ensure programs are prepared and at current revision prior to release.

Capable of clear communication with Machinists to troubleshoot new programs and tooling applications.

Critical Skills/ Experience:
Significant VTL machine setup and operation cutting copper, aluminum, steel, titanium, and other alloys for Space/Aerospace applications.

Familiar with machining on VTL’s large parts up to 80” in Diameter and 90” in height. 

Minimum of 5 years CNC Programming in a multi-machine environment programming various 3 to 4-axis mills and 2 to 4-axis lathes.

Must be proficient in reading Engineering drawings and understand GD & T. 

Proficient in use of current Mastercam and SolidWorks software.

Experienced in discovering, analyzing and solving problems in a production manufacturing environment.

Minimum of 2 years technical training in Manufacturing or Industrial Technologies with A.A.S. or B.S. preferred.  Extensive work experience will be considered as an alternative.

$35 to $55 per hour, depending on experience.


950 Richmond Ave, Oxnard, CA, US, 93030

Job Type

Full Time

Company Bio:

Located in Ventura County, AST is in the “Gateway to California’s Central Coast”, located 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean and California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

Advanced Structural Technologies (AST) is an industry leading manufacturer of rotary forged and flow formed products for the aerospace, alternative energy, automotive, and military markets.  As a fully integrated contract manufacturing business, all process steps are completed on site in AST’s Oxnard and Camarillo facilities.