Optical Worker – Single Point Diamond Turning

Job Category: Manufacturing

Location: Ilminster (UK)

G&H offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for motivated and talented people to join a team of like-minded, highly skilled colleagues who want to grow and succeed with our company.

Hiring talent to complement and grow our current teams’ skills and capabilities is a strategic priority to enable our plans for growth.

Our  six business locations in the United States and five UK-based businesses employ across a broad range of functions including engineering and process, manufacturing, product management, supply chain and customer services, quality assurance, continuous improvement, compliance and finance.


The position is responsible for maintaining, setting-up, operating and troubleshooting CNC diamond turning machines.

Early and Late shift working will be required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Adherence to all Company policies, management systems and standard operational procedures, including legal responsibilities in relation to Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality
  • Working positively to develop and foster good working relationships with colleagues and contracted personnel in order to maintain a culture of mutual respect and dignity
  • Promote and display the Gooch & Housego Core Values
  • Maintain equipment, setup and operate CNC diamond turning machines
  • Understand optical manufacturing drawings
  • Understand ISO and MIL specifications
  • Create CNC programs for diamond turning machines
  • Make adjustments to established CNC programs with minimal supervision
  • Select and adjust tooling changes as needed with minimal supervision
  • Designing of diamond turning jigs and fixtures
  • Inspect and measure diamond turned optical parts to ensure conformity to specified tolerances
  • Perform optical tests including interferometry and profilometer tests to determine optical quality
  • Perform cleaning operations to keep work area machinery maintained


Performance Measures:

  • Planned activity adherence
  • Attendance
  • Time keeping
  • Timely delivery of Company products
  • Completion of new product development pathways

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Personal Attributes:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Result orientated
  • Positive can do attitude
  • Punctual and adaptable
  • Ability to work as part of a larger team or on own initiative
  • Flexible approach to working and shift patterns
  • Willingness to learn and develop skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Methodical approach
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment and to meet deadlines


Skills / Abilities

  • 2+ years of experience in CNC machining (Optical manufacturing preferred)
  • GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English, Maths and Science
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Working knowledge of CNC diamond turned optical components
  • Ability to use precision measuring tools and optical test equipment
  • Ability to read optical drawings
  • Continuous improvement through process development
  • Knowledge of manual handling
  • Strong organisational and communication skills

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please send a covering letter (that clearly states what position you are applying for) and your cv to Sarah James, Human Resources Business Partner at ilminstercareers@gandh.com or click on the “Apply for this job” button below.

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