UIC Alaska

Engineering Technician I (Machinist)

Location : Location
SCA Hourly Rate
USD $22.92/Hr.
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain
Minimum Clearance Required
Travel Requirement


Machinist (Engineering Technician I) (EPFAB-2024-20145):


Bowhead is seeking to hire a Machinist to support the Machine Shop at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in Virginia. Dahlgren’s Machine Shop offers exciting/patriotic opportunities to work closely with the United States Navy creating prototypes and short-run production work. All of our Machinists program their parts, set up, and machine them according to Department of Defense (DoD) drawings and models. We work with many types of materials from aluminum, exotic steels, multiple plastics, and titanium.


There is in-house training on SolidWorks and CAMWorks and other opportunities for employees to expand their knowledge and grow in their careers.


Tools will be provided by the government. This is a beginner Machinist position that does require at least one year of experience. New employees will work closely with more experienced Machinists and leadership until they can work independently.

Bowhead offers:

  • Engineering Technician I pay at $22.92 per hour, plus $4.57 per hour for H&W (Health and Welfare)
  • A total of 33 paid days off per year.
  • Paid vacation accrued up to 15 days a year.
  • Paid sick leave accrued up to 7 days a year.
  • Paid holidays 11 per year.
  • Up to $175 for safety boots every two years.
  • Up to $5250 for college tuition per year.
  • Up to $5250 for training per year.
  • Prescription safety glasses are provided yearly.
  • 401K matched up to 3%.


  • Machinists are required to program and operate both CNC lathes/mills, set tools in the machines and create fixtures to hold unique parts.
  • Most of the equipment in the shop is either Haas, Fadal, or ProtoTraks and is used daily.
  • Comply with DoD drawings and hold tight tolerances on machined parts.
  • Machinists will operate saws and occasionally use manual lathes and mills. They are expected to use common measuring tools such as dial calipers and micrometers to inspect their parts.


  • Must have a high school diploma.
  • Must have at least one (1) year of professional experience operating CNC milling machines and lathes. (Technical training may be considered as experience)
  • Experience using CAD/CAM software.
  • Basic level skills in Microsoft Office software suite - Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience in reading and interpreting blueprints.
  • Capable of using common precision measuring tools such as dial calipers and micrometers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees, customers, and management and respond to instructions/assignments.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good judgment with the ability to work alone or as part of a team.
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 pounds. 
  • Must be able to stand and walk for prolonged amounts of time.
  • Must be able to twist, bend, and squat periodically.


SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Secret level.  US Citizenship is a requirement for a Secret clearance at this location.




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