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Machinist Engineer Advisor (CNC) - Volunteer in Tanzania

This Volunteer Placement is Located in: Iringa, Tanzania
Start Date: May 2024
Placement Length: 6 Months
Language Requirements: English 
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role

As a Machinist Engineer Advisor (CNC), you will provide technical expertise and guidance in the field of machining and engineering, specifically focusing on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. Your knowledge and experience will be leveraged to enhance the capacity of local technicians and workers, ensuring they can effectively operate and maintain CNC machines. By building local capacity, you will contribute to the development of a skilled workforce and improve economic opportunities in the communities we work in.

As a volunteer, you will:

Study sketches, drawings, manuals, specifications, or sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work piece, sequence of operations, and setup requirements.
Measure, mark, and describe dimensions and reference points on material or workpiece as guides for subsequent machining as necessary.
Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines as necessary to machine parts as required.
Calculate and set controls to regulate machining factors such as speed, feed, coolant flow, and depth and angle of cut, or enter commands to retrieve, input, or edit computerized machine control media according to established guidelines and procedures.
Start and observe machine operation to detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance machining, and adjust machine controls or control media as required.
Verify conformance of the finished workpiece to specifications, using measuring and inspection tools as necessary.
Set up and operate the machine on a trial run to verify the accuracy of machine settings or programmed control data
Perform routine maintenance tasks on machines as required.
Confer with engineers, production personnel, programmers, or others to resolve machining or assembly problems.
Maintain a clean and organized work area and maintain all equipment, to a like-new appearance, according to maintenance plans and established procedures.
Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that you get along with customers, clients, coworkers and management
Continue to grow, learn knowledge, and use the tools to identify and assist with continuous improvement.

Essential Requirements:

3 – 8 years of work experience in CNC Lathe Machine, CNC Vertical Milling Machine
4 – 10 years of work experience in CNC Plasma Cutter and must be able to fabricate different objects
Competent in CNC Lathe and Milling Machines highly needed
Facilitation and training skills; experience in development and delivering workshops
Program delivery experience at a managerial level
Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite program
Competent in software such as AUTO CAD & SOLID WORKS
Experience in project management delivery

Essential Background:

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Machinist, Auto mechanical
Industrial Automation and robotics

Support Package

Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending on country)
Accommodation while in placement
Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
Pre-departure training, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing, including travel and accommodation (more details below)
On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

Only applications made to our website will be considered:
Activities involved
General Labour Skilled Trades