CNC Programmer / Machinist

$29.00 to $45.00 per hour

Job description

For over five decades, We Can has built its reputation as a CNC machine shop that design and make critical engineering parts and assemblies for a wide range of customers, from large processors and manufacturers, to smaller specialist industries throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and United States. One-off designs are our specialty.


Due to recent growth, we are now seeking the services of an additional programmer / machinist, reporting to our Operations Manager.   This role will be full time, minimum 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, time and a half for overtime, which may include work over the weekend, and $1.00 per hour tool allowance, there is also health insurance offered. There is a bonus pay for evening/night work.


To be successful in this position we are looking for a:

  • Talented individual who can add value to the company.
  • Person who thrives in a varied work environment where they may be doing two or three different jobs each day.
  • Team player who can handle tough jobs, on time and to specification.
  • A bright, motivated person who wants to work at the leading edge of precision engineering.


Our Key Result Areas include:


  • Produce components that meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.
  • Follow procedures to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Work with the rest of the team to develop creative methods of improving quality.


  • Work with the rest of the team to develop creative methods of reducing the labour component of all parts we make.
  • Stay up to date with current technology and procedures in the machining world.
  • Take a structured approach to project work
  • Minimise rework/wastage
  • Manage all costs within your control
  • Identify and recommend cost saving initiatives


  • Work with the rest of the your team to develop creative methods of reducing lead times.
  • Schedule work and resources effectively, with the focus on our customers’ requirements.

The Principle accountabilities and standards of measure/expectation are:

Machinist duties

  • Understand our customers’ expectations, then develop the best methods for We Can to deliver on those expectations.
  • Program, set and run components.
  • Work as part of a team 
  • Various administration procedures are complied with particularly with regard to job sheets
  • Minimize rework and wastage
  • 5S
  • Whatever else is required to ensure all jobs delivered to our customers meet or exceed their expectations.

Machinery and Equipment use

  • Machinery and equipment is operated appropriately as per manufacturer’s instructions/specifications.
  • Machinery and equipment is well maintained and correctly stored when not in use.


  • Effective working relations with the wider team are established and maintained
  • Team members are supported through with work as necessary
  • Team meetings are attended as required

Health and safety is supervised effectively to minimise exposure to harm

  • You work safely at all times and follow We Can’s policies and procedures
  • Effective Health & Safety procedures are in operation and associated records are maintained. 
  • Hazards are identified and managed effectively.
  • Avoidable accidents are prevented. 
  • Accidents and incidents are reported and recorded in a timely and accurate manner.

Perform other duties as required

  • You may be required to operate multiple machines dependent on the complexity of the work.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to perform a variety of tasks is maintained
  • Ensure adherence to We Can’s policies and procedures at all times
  • Proactively supports others in your team.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to perform a variety of tasks is maintained
  • Ensure adherence to We Can’s policies and procedures at all times
  • Proactively supports others in your team.



  • Proven knowledge & experience of CNC machining 
  • Proven skills in the interpretation of engineering drawings/designs, and the understanding of specifications
  • Understanding of Engineering standards and code regulations
  • Sound communication skills
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety obligations and safety consciousness
  • Ability to manage self and prioritise effectively 
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Positive outlook with the ability to work well under pressure
  • Sound problem solving skills
  • Continuous improvement orientation
  • Accuracy, with a high regard for detail and quality 
  • Numerical and analytical skills
  • Fit and healthy


We have a well equipped work shop covering turning, milling, gear hobbing, gear shaping, surface grinding, cylindrical grinding, broaching, wire cutting, multitasking, 5 axis CNC milling and designing. The work is wide and varied.


This position would suit a person who is at the top of their game and with a ‘We Can’ attitude. We offer competitive rates of pay, staff health insurance, tool allowance, a great team-working and learning environment, and it’s all here in gorgeous Hawke’s Bay. For more about the Bay lifestyle, go to The successful candidate will have a great deal of autonomy to plan and manage their own work.


Job requirements

Minimum qualifications are 3 years experience with completion of an Apprenticeship and/or Trade Certificate preferred.
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We Can Precision Engineering Ltd
303 Wilson Road, Hastings, New Zealand
Phone : 06 879 7561 Company Profile Website :