Staff Aerospace Machinist

Berthoud, Colorado
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 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 advise & own the build-out and operation of 21st century machining capabilities at Ursa Major, including software tools and systems for organization. You are highly experienced with a range of high-end machines, controls, CAM softwares and workflows, such that efficient solutions or approaches to never-before-seen manufacturing challenges are immediately 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. Above all, you are a competent leader.

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.
Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $100,000 - $140,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. 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.


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.


As a U.S. government contractor, Ursa Major is subject to President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors requiring federal contractors to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. As such, Ursa Major requires employees to either show proof of vaccination or demonstrate an exemption for medical or religious reasons by December 8, 2021. Per the executive order, “fully vaccinated” means two weeks after a final dose of a one- or two-dose COVID-19 vaccine approved for regular or emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization.
  • 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 millturn 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.
  • Management of software tools to maintain organization and usability of tools & workholding elements
  • Design & implement palletized, modular, or otherwise rapidly interchangeable workholding solutions for intricate components.
  • Design 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.
  • Advise ownership on capital requirements and paths forward for development expansion or production
Desired Traits
  • Must be a leader
  • 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.
Required Qualifications
  • 15+ years experience in an aerospace machining or manufacturing environment
  • Extensive experience with multi-axis & millturn machines and programming
  • Extensive experience with modern multi-axis CAM packages & toolpath simulation
  • Deep knowledge of modern high speed machining strategies and tooling
  • Experience with Titanium and high-Nickel aerospace alloys
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

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