Senior Machinist

Berthoud, CO
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The journey to space starts with the engines. 

Ursa Major was founded to bring a new model to space access: one in which every link in an enormous value chain isn’t limited by those around it. We design rocket engines and propulsion solutions.  
Our products and technologies require an extraordinary team. A team that will mold tomorrow’s technologies while deploying today’s best. We are an intrinsically motivated team that has a passion for solving problems and empowering each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

You are experienced with a range of machines, controls, CAM softwares and workflows, such that efficient solutions or approaches to never-before-seen manufacturing challenges are clear to you. You will design efficient workholding for complex components. You thrive in a highly dynamic aerospace development environment and can adapt to changing priorities. When stakes are high, you'll pull through and be sure your team is successful.

You will be part of a fast-paced, focused, and highly cohesive team. Responsibilities will include rapid and informative feedback to Engineering & Design regarding part manufacturability trades & possibilities. Ursa Major Technologies seeks to be the best at what we do, and a drive for rapid learning and improvement is expected of the entire team. You will report to The Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Team.


  • Programming & machining of critical, tight-tolerance rocket engine components, including 3D printed components.
  • Work with challenging alloys (nickel superalloys & titanium) and develop core machining strategies for Ursa’s part portfolio
  • Programming for milling & turning operations, operation of millturn machines.
  • Utilization of probing routines to reduce setup & time required to achieve tight tolerances.
  • Contribute to overall shop operations including tool & workholding procurement, equipment maintenance, etc.
  • Design & implement palletized, modular, or otherwise rapidly interchangeable workholding solutions for intricate components.
  • Appreciate both engineering & manufacturability challenges, provide impactful manufacturing feedback & guidance to the engineering group.
  • Work alongside quality inspection to resolve non-conformance root causes and continually improve machining yield & quality

Desired Qualifications:

  • 7 years experience in an aerospace machining or manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with modern multi-axis CAM packages (Hypermill) & toolpath simulation.
  • Experience with multi-axis & millturn machines and programming.
  • Knowledge of modern high speed machining strategies and tooling.
  • Experience with Titanium and high-Nickel aerospace alloys, including 3D printed or casted components

Desired Experience:

  • Experience with multi-axis & millturn machines and programming.
  • Experience in an aerospace machining environment
  • Experience with modern multi-axis CAM packages.
  • Knowledge of modern high-speed machining strategies and tooling.
  • Experience with Titanium and high-Nickel aerospace alloys.

Desired Traits:

  • Must be a self-starter - able to interpret high-level organizational goals, plan and execute to those goals without low-level instruction.
  • Must be dedicated to keeping Ursa Major Technologies at the bleeding edge of manufacturing through research into the latest improvements to manufacturing precision, efficiency, and eventually automation.
  • Must be humble and able to teach your trade across disciplines in order to solve problems and move the team forward.

Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid maternity/paternity/adoptive leave
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance; Tax Advantage Accounts (HSA/FSA); Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, Basic Life, AD&D, and EAP Program; Additional Benefit Options Including Voluntary Life, Emergency Medical Transport, and Pet Insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $85,000 - $110,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The salary range for this role is intentionally wide as we are evaluating individuals based on their unique experience and abilities to fit our needs. Most importantly, we are excited to meet you, and see if you are a great fit for our team. What we can’t quantify for you are the exciting challenges, supportive team, and amazing culture we enjoy. Click here for more information about our awesome benefits.

NOTE: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes they have the skills and the drive necessary to succeed here to apply for this role.
We’re an equal opportunity employer. You will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
No outside recruiters, please.