CNC Programmer III

Website Blue Origin

Job Highlights

Title CNC Programmer III
Type Full Time
Experience Required
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Huntsville, AL, United States
Company Blue Origin

Company Profile

Blue Origin is working on the vision to enable a future where millions of people live and work in space to benefit Earth. The company believes we must protect Earth by moving heavy industries that stress our planet into space and finding new energy and material resources. Blue is working on this today by developing operationally reusable launch vehicles that are safe, reliable, and highly available. Join our team to build a road to space – step by step ferociously.

Job Profile

The company is seeking a CNC Programmer III who will produce machined parts, products, or components by programming and operating computer numerical control (CNC) production equipment.

Prepares, programs, and operates CNC machinery.

Develops, edits, or modifies operation sequences based on manufacturing sketches, blueprints, or schematics.

Sets up machinery for production runs, operates machinery to meet quality and productivity standards, and troubleshoots and resolves errors or discrepancies.

Education Level

  • Not mentioned, yet a High School Diploma will be a plus

Work Experience

  • Minimum 15 years of hands-on manufacturing experience.
  • Minimum 10 years in CNC programming with NX/UG or MasterCam
  • 5 years of machining experience and working with hardened metals
  • Design for manufacturing experience
  • Must have Nickel-based alloys and Aluminum experience.


  • Communicate with designers and machinists.
  • Concept manufacturing plans
  • Design custom tools and fixtures as needed.
  • Design for manufacture feedback
  • Develop manufacturing Mills/Lathes/Multi-Axis Mills and Multi-Axis Lathes/VTLs
  • Develop programs.
  • Develop set-up sheets.
  • Development of a machining strategy to take design data and produce machined hardware.
  • Maintain configuration control on files and job records.
  • Make-buy decision support + machine time estimates.
  • Material sizing
  • Process improvement (both machining actual inputs and administrative process changes)
  • Safely working within an industrial environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to support off shifts.
  • CMM programming/operation
  • Experience operating heavy lifting equipment such as cranes and forklifts around flight-critical hardware.
  • Nickel-based alloys, copper, Ti experience.
  • NX experience preferred.
  • Set up and operate CNC machines.
  • Vericut or other program verification software experience


  • Cutter selection and when needed cutter design.
  • Determining initial feeds and speeds
  • Excellent blueprint reading skills including GD&T per ASME Y14.5M-1994 standard.
  • Excellent Communication
  • Fluent in the use of precision hand tools and familiar with the use of personal computers
  • Individuals must be self-motivated to prioritize work to meet project completion dates.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.
  • Must have Nickel-based alloys and Aluminum experience.
  • Set-up sheet creation
  • Tools fixture design


  • Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.
  • Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.
  • Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions and allow employees to share in company results.

Employer’s Statement

Blue Origin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The company provides all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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