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The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. CNC Programmer, Assoc in Red Oak, Iowa

At Greenbrier, we do the hard work that matters. The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) is powering the movement of products around the world as a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of freight rail transportation equipment and services.

Greenbrier’s heritage of hard work and industrial innovation is celebrated at every level of our organization. We structure our business to support teams that deliver innovative solutions for our customers while positively impacting the world around us.

Greenbrier’s success begins with people. We believe in supporting our global workforce through our unwavering attention to Safety, Quality, Respect for People and Customer Satisfaction. Our IDEAL commitment is rooted in these values, which promotes Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Leadership, creating a culture where employees are fulfilled and feel good about coming to work every day. A diverse, qualified, and engaged talent base is the key to our success.


The Associate CNC Programmer is responsible for operating machines within the machine shop to produce parts to dimensional tolerances called out on CAD drawings. These Programmers make complex modifications to existing CNC programs based on component specifications, as well as adjust feeds and speeds to maintain the best cutting conditions to maximize the tool life.

Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform the following essential duties satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Uses calipers, micrometers, or other types of measurement devices to check part dimensions.

  • Reads print drawings and check part dimensions against print tolerances.

  • Maintains equipment in clean, good working order.

  • Evaluates machine processes and programs for efficiency.

  • Makes modifications to existing programs from design drawings.

  • Troubleshoots machines during the manufacturing process.

  • Trains machine operators on procedures.


The following generally describes requirements to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to learn and understand all levels of machine operations; multiple machine functionality.

  • Ability to focus and pay close attention to detail while managing and prioritizing multiple tasks.

  • Ability to use or learn to use measuring tools such as calipers, micrometers, and tape measures.

  • Ability to evaluate tooling wear for determining and regulating speed and feed rates of machines.

  • Ability to work and communicate within a team setting.

  • Ability to recognize defects, out-of-tolerance measurements and escalate those matters to management.

  • Ability to read blueprint drawings.

  • Ability to modify machine programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One to three years’ work experience.

  • Ability to operate all machines within the facility

  • Experience working in a production environment using heavy industrial equipment and/or machinery.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Exposure to a production environment that requires work both inside and outside in hot, cold, wet, humid, dry, and dusty conditions. Employees are required to use personal protective equipment as environmental conditions dictate.

Physical Activities and Requirements

Frequency Key

Not Applicable: Activity is not applicable to this occupation

Occasionally: Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0- 2.5+ hours/day)

Frequently: Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5- 5.5+ hours/day)

Constantly: Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hours/day)

Working Postures

  • Sit: Occasionally

  • Stand: Constantly

  • Walk: Frequently

  • Bend: Frequently

  • Kneel/Squat: Frequently

  • Crawl: Occasionally

  • Climb: Occasionally

  • Reach Forward: Frequently

  • Reach Upward: Frequently

  • Handling/Fingering: Frequently

Lift / Carry Requirements

  • 5-10 lbs: Frequently

  • 10-25 lbs: Frequently

  • 25-50 lbs: Frequently

  • 50-75 lbs: Not Applicable

  • 75+ lbs: Not Applicable

Push / Pull Requirements

  • Up to 10 lbs: Frequently

  • 10-25 lbs: Frequently

  • 25-50 lbs: Frequently

  • 50-75 lbs: Not Applicable

  • 75+ lbs: Not Applicable

EOE including Vet/Disability

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Greenbrier makes reasonable accommodations in the application and hiring process for individuals with known disabilities, unless providing accommodation would result in an undue hardship. Any applicant believing that he or she may need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact Greenbrier Human Resources at careers@gbrx.com or call us at 503-684-7000.

Email communication from The Greenbrier Companies (Greenbrier) will always come from a corporate email address that ends in @gbrx.com or from our applicant tracking system, iCIMS, after you have created a secure account and submitted your application. During the application process, you will create a secure account in our secure applicant tracking site that ends with “-gbrx.icims.com”. In this portal, we will ask you to provide your contact information, past employment history, education history and other job-related information.

Job Locations US-IA-Red Oak

ID 2024-2940

Company Gunderson Rail Services, LLC

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Category Production

Workplace Type Onsite