CNC PROGRAMMER/OPERATOR

Company Details

MAKE YOUR MOON SHOT WITH US. Astrobots come to work each day with a mission in mind – make space for everyone. Our team of 160 hardworking and talented individuals are pioneering a new era in space services and technologies that will open space for the world, starting at the Moon. We’re in the business of making history. If you have a genuine passion for space robotics, a desire to build real hardware, and are among the best in your field, we’re looking for you.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries.

In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole onboard the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA’s objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA’s plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic’s Planetary Landers Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.

Astrobotic Technology wants you to own the full life cycle of CNC manufacturing, primarily for our Landers & Spacecraft department. You will review components for manufacturability, create complex NC programs for multi-axis machines, and operate the machines. This will include 3-axis mills, multi-axis machines, tube benders, etc. The work will be focused on low volume and high complexity components ranging from fixtures to prototypes to flight hardware going to the Moon. You will regularly report to the manufacturing team on progress.  This position will primarily be working at our Ambridge, PA location.

Note: This position may be filled at multiple levels, including Level I, II, Senior, Principal, etc. depending on the candidate’s experience.

RESPOSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Collaborate with the design and engineering teams to review CAD for manufacturability improvements & mass savings
  • Creating NC programs
  • Operate multi-axis CNC mills, tube benders, etc.
  • Machine complex components while balancing quality and speed
  • Ensure parts meet quality and engineering specifications
  • Assist with material handling, selection, procurement, etc.
  • Keep the manufacturing area clean and safe
  • Develop tools, methods, and best practices as it relates to manufacturing

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 3+ years of relevant programming, machining, and/or operating experience
  • Proficient in NC programming
  • Working understanding of cradle to grave machining topics including tooling selection, cutting speeds, fixturing, job planning, etc.
  • Experience with reading and understanding drawings and GD&T
  • Able to lift and move heavy items up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to operate pallet jacks, forklifts, cranes, and other lift assist devices
  • Adaptable to a startup environment, able to self-start with minimal guidance
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and requirements

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associates degree in design, technology, manufacturing, or equivalent
  • 10+ years of relevant programming, machining, and/or operating experience
  • Experience manufacturing components for aircraft, spacecraft or launch vehicles
  • Experience programming multi-axis mills
  • Familiarity with machining aerospace alloys including aluminum, titanium, nickel-alloys, copper, etc.
  • Proficient in CAD (SolidWorks preferred)
  • Familiarity with inspection and quality techniques, including CMMs (Faro preferred), dye penetrant, ultrasonic, radiography, etc.
  • A strong passion to learn, grow our manufacturing capabilities and produce world class component.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request within the application.

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