CNC MAchinist

Superfab is a design lab and fabrication house located in the heart of SE Portland. We are skilled craftsmen who think fluently in the languages of Architecture and Design, wielding tools both new and old to produce exceptional custom work on production level scales and orders of one, alike. We work daily with some of the finest architects and designers around for our clients - many of whom stand among the most groundbreaking and influential companies on the planet - Airbnb, Microsoft, Slack and others. We also execute unique jobs of smaller scales for inspired individuals and bootstrapping small businesses.

We are looking for a CNC Operator to join us in doing the good work we are presently engaged in, and grow with us into the future.


  • Operate (2) 3-Axis CNC Routers concurrently to support production needs.  These are large (5’x10’) bed routers which most often work with sheet goods of varying size and weight.   Being physically capable and comfortable with handling 4’x8’ sheets (up to 90lbs ea) on an ongoing and regular basis is an absolute prerequisite for this role.  

  • Operate small bed Laser (25W) for cutting & engraving of light materials as needed.

  • Work with Studio Engineers to ensure best results from cutting/milling operations.

  • Schedule and conduct all routine operational maintenance work for CNC Routers and Lasers as well as upgrades or repairs, as needed.   

  • Maintain inventory of bits and associated tooling.

  • Track and maintain job-based sheet material inventories and organize cut parts for subsequent fabrication work.

  • Set up files and utilize CNC/Lasers to produce special jigs, templates and implements to support production work of Shop Lead and Fabricators.   Superfab will be moving much of our production work into a larger facility in the coming year, and for the right candidate there is ample opportunity to come for expanded responsibility and promotion.

You're expected to be smart, curious, a good communicator and personable, too. Doing good work is a team sport. The desire and ability to learn quickly and constantly improve is essential. Some heavy lifting, packing, and overtime may be necessary. Other requirements are as follows:


High School or equivalent
+ bonus for college, trade school, etc. 


2 years minimum experience operating CNC routers.

Read and edit NC-Code for CNC operations.

Ability to produce CNC operation files in Rhino/RhinoCAM.

Basic wood shop experience, knowledge of tools & techniques (3+ years, minimum).

Specific tools you MUST have experience with include: Random orbital sander, pneumatic fasteners (brad and pin nailers,) drill/drivers, chop saw.

Other applicable tools include, but are not limited to: Table saw, drill press, routers.

+ bonus for experience maintaining machinery/equipment
+ bonus for use of Google Sheets and/or Microsoft Excel


$16-22/hr, DOE


Full-time (40 hrs/week) with potential for overtime.

Interested? Send us your resume, a personal statement + relevant examples of past work: things you've made, projects you've worked on, etc. If it all looks good, we'll get back to you soon.


Superfab is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


(Posted 3/19/2019)