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    Lightbulb Need a Rockstar Machinist for Rocket Engine Components

    I'm a manufacturing engineer with Ursa Major Technologies. I wanted to reach out with an opportunity for an extremely cool job on the front range in Colorado.

    We make rocket engines: Home | Ursa Major Tech We start with DMLS 3D printed nickel alloy and titanium components, and finish, inspect, assemble, and test in-house. We're looking for our first machinist to stand up internal machining operations with a spec'd out DMG Mori 5-axis mill-turn center hosting palletized workholding from Schunk, Lang, and Hainbuch. Leading CAM options would be Hypermill (for mill-turn) or Mastercam (for separate milling & turning centers).

    Apply here if interested: Ursa Major Technologies - Senior Aerospace Machinist

    The journey to space starts with the engines.

    Ursa Major Technologies 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 who will mold tomorrow's technologies while deploying today's best. We are comprised of intrinsically motivated individuals who have a passion for solving problems and empower each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

    You will own the build-out and operation of 21st century machining capabilities at Ursa Major. 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, and ensure that workholding and tooling solutions are flexible enough for aerospace product development, and can be scaled for production work. 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.

    Primary Responsibilities

    - Own rapid machining capability build-out at Ursa Major, with future production & automation in mind.
    - Programming & machining of critical, tight-tolerance rocket engine components, including 3D printed components.
    - Work with challenging alloys (nickel superalloys & titanium).
    - Programming for milling & turning operations, operation of mill-turn machines.
    - Utilization of probing routines to reduce setup & time required to achieve tight tolerances.
    - Ownership of all shop operations including tool & workholding procurement, equipment maintenance, etc.
    - Design & implement palletized, modular, or otherwise rapidly interchangeable workholding solutions for intricate components.
    - Create part workflows which support the time-efficient development & low volume production of many components on a small number of machines.
    - Manage an equipment & tooling applications support base to handle pop-up challenges rapidly.
    - Appreciate both engineering & manufacturability challenges, provide impactful manufacturing feedback & guidance to the engineering group.
    - Developing and operating finishing processes for unique and difficult part surface finish challenges.

    Desired Qualifications

    - 5 years experience in an aerospace machining or manufacturing environment
    - Experience with CAD software
    - Experience with multi-axis & mill-turn machines and programming
    - Experience with modern multi-axis CAM packages & toolpath simulation
    - 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 then 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; STD; Life and AD&D
    - Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
    - Company stock options
    - US CITIZENSHIP OR PERMANENT RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED.

    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.

    Salary from $75,000/yr, based on experience & abilities

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    Dang, you are practically just down the street from my sister and my parents . But, I'm good here in the wet PNW.

    Regards.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by afeathers1 View Post

    - Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
    How much vacation every year ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    How much vacation every year ?
    Unlimited. Can't you read...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AARONT View Post
    Unlimited. Can't you read...
    So it's a vacation all year ?.....

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    Dang! I wish I could get a machinist with those qualifications for $75k!
    I’m guessing the machinist pool in CO must be pretty good

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    What the Hell are you going to do with $75000 a year in Colorado?

    I suppose you can live in a teepee and eat tacos, good luck riding a bike in the snow.

    What a joke

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    Rockstar programmers in Wichita were making 100+ ten years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pathogen View Post
    What the Hell are you going to do with $75000 a year in Colorado?

    I suppose you can live in a teepee and eat tacos, good luck riding a bike in the snow.

    What a joke
    There's Colorado, and there's Colorado. Berthoud/Johnstown isn't Denver. No, you're not going to have a loft in Boulder, but I think you could do OK if you kept to Johnstown, Milliken, etc. There's about a billion things to do that don't break the bank -- hunting, fishing, hiking, rock-climbing, snowmobiling, skiing X-country and downhill (A-basin mid-week season pass is $500).

    Regards.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by GENERALDISARRAY View Post
    Rockstar programmers in Wichita were making 100+ ten years ago.
    Yep. OP will end up bringing in contractors for 100+.

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    I make slightly less than that, doing mostly 3 axis work, with a bit of (uncomplicated) 4th axis stuff....

    People these days... 75K WOW! (perfectly average IMO for a good/decent programmer, let alone a ROCKSTAR doing mill turn work)

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    Quote Originally Posted by afeathers1 View Post
    I'm a manufacturing engineer with Ursa Major Technologies. I wanted to reach out with an opportunity for an extremely cool job on the front range in Colorado.

    We make rocket engines: Home | Ursa Major Tech We start with DMLS 3D printed nickel alloy and titanium components, and finish, inspect, assemble, and test in-house. We're looking for our first machinist to stand up internal machining operations with a spec'd out DMG Mori 5-axis mill-turn center hosting palletized workholding from Schunk, Lang, and Hainbuch. Leading CAM options would be Hypermill (for mill-turn) or Mastercam (for separate milling & turning centers).

    Apply here if interested: Ursa Major Technologies - Senior Aerospace Machinist

    The journey to space starts with the engines.

    Ursa Major Technologies 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 who will mold tomorrow's technologies while deploying today's best. We are comprised of intrinsically motivated individuals who have a passion for solving problems and empower each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

    You will own the build-out and operation of 21st century machining capabilities at Ursa Major. 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, and ensure that workholding and tooling solutions are flexible enough for aerospace product development, and can be scaled for production work. 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.

    Primary Responsibilities

    - Own rapid machining capability build-out at Ursa Major, with future production & automation in mind.
    - Programming & machining of critical, tight-tolerance rocket engine components, including 3D printed components.
    - Work with challenging alloys (nickel superalloys & titanium).
    - Programming for milling & turning operations, operation of mill-turn machines.
    - Utilization of probing routines to reduce setup & time required to achieve tight tolerances.
    - Ownership of all shop operations including tool & workholding procurement, equipment maintenance, etc.
    - Design & implement palletized, modular, or otherwise rapidly interchangeable workholding solutions for intricate components.
    - Create part workflows which support the time-efficient development & low volume production of many components on a small number of machines.
    - Manage an equipment & tooling applications support base to handle pop-up challenges rapidly.
    - Appreciate both engineering & manufacturability challenges, provide impactful manufacturing feedback & guidance to the engineering group.
    - Developing and operating finishing processes for unique and difficult part surface finish challenges.

    Desired Qualifications

    - 5 years experience in an aerospace machining or manufacturing environment
    - Experience with CAD software
    - Experience with multi-axis & mill-turn machines and programming
    - Experience with modern multi-axis CAM packages & toolpath simulation
    - 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 then 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; STD; Life and AD&D
    - Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
    - Company stock options
    - US CITIZENSHIP OR PERMANENT RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED.

    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.

    Salary from $75,000/yr, based on experience & abilities
    I think you will need to add minimum 50K to that salary to get someone.

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    75k? The person you are looking for is worth 3+ times that. Goodluck

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    These adds popping off these days about "Make Rocket Parts" or "Aerospace Machinist" and so on don't really do a thing for me. I was brought up to do as good of a job on a go-cart axle as any high end part.

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    I can party like a rock star. Does that count?

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    Thanks for the feedback. I should clarify: $75,000 is starting for this position. This represents the least capable, least experienced candidate we would even possibly consider taking a risk on if they absorbed knowledge & lessons like a sponge and had a killer attitude. We intend to pay commensurate with experience and hit-the-ground-running ability, none of the salary adjustments suggested are unreasonable based on these considerations.

    It's a great place to live, less expensive than Denver for sure, and with good benefits. Not for everybody, but hopefully a good opportunity for the right person.

    Thanks and regards,

    - Austin

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    Another worthwhile question is, Are you cashflow positive? Do you have long-term funding? I know several rocket companies that are constantly hiring and laying off employees do to the volatile financial nature of this emerging industry. It has gotten so bad that I have stopped taking work from them. Might help ease the mind of anyone considering relocating to work for you.
    This is meant to be helpful, not a dig at you.

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    We are not, but much closer than most. We have a real product going out the door and have revenue, are growing at a high rate. Fun fact, no private rocket company (not even the one you're thinking of) is cashflow positive right now.

    Thanks and regards,

    - Austin

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    Quote Originally Posted by afeathers1 View Post
    Fun fact, no private rocket company (not even the one you're thinking of) is cashflow positive right now.
    Wait, Estes is STILL not cashflow positive?!?

    Regards.

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    How many people in here complaining about the money are even qualified for the job? LOL


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