Development Technician - Solid Rocket Motors

Berthoud, Colorado
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Ursa Major was founded to address a critical shortfall in the U.S. industrial base and bring a new model to aerospace and defense systems: we design and manufacture the world’s leading propulsion systems for space, hypersonic applications, and missile systems. 

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.

As Ursa Major expands into the realm of solid propulsion, we’re assembling the most innovative and nimble team in order to unseat the reigning players.  We’re applying the latest technologies to an outdated business model that improves cost, lead time, and flexibility without impacting reliability.  We must continue to build in-house capabilities in energetics, ballistics, and composites with an emphasis on novel designs focused on manufacturability and high-rate scalability.  

The Development Technician encompasses a broad spectrum of tasks related to handling and processing various propellants and associated products. Responsibilities include precise chemical handling, proficient operation of equipment, and meticulous record-keeping. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure strict adherence to company safety protocols, promptly escalating any safety concerns. 
  • Handle, weigh, transport, and store chemical ingredients with precision. 
  • Safely store and handle hazardous materials according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). 
  • Attend and contribute to daily standup meetings. 
  • Conduct basic assembly and testing using mechanical and electronic tools in a production setting. 
  • Perform equipment check-out, operation, and maintenance efficiently. 
  • Setup and operate equipment according to SOPs. 
  • Execute process steps according to the Work Instruction (WI) documentation. 
  • Ensure end products meet quality standards and production deadlines. 
  • Collect and record accurate written and electronic process data. 
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized work area. 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams for productive issue resolution. 
  • Contribute to continuous improvement projects to improve workflow efficiency. 
  • Flexibility for overtime work as needed, including both weekdays and weekends. 

Minimum Experience/Requirements 

  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED). 
  • Minimum 2 years of manufacturing experience. 
  • Preferably experienced with hazardous chemicals or energetic materials.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English. 
  • Ability to comprehend and follow technical documents and safety rules. 
  • Willingness to work in various conditions with accommodations. 
  • Compliance with company safety policies. 
  • Successful completion of respirator fit test. 
  • Ability to obtain BATF approval for NDS product handling. 
  • Positive attitude and teamwork skills. 
  • Physical capability for standing, lifting, and manual tasks.
  • This position requires that the employee be eligible and maintain eligibility for a Secret Clearance. 


Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $24.04 - $33.65/hour, 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.

Benefits Include:


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

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.