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Manager - Machine Shop



Huntsville, AL, USA
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2023

As part of a passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of machining rocket engine components at our new, state of the art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The Manager, will lead a group of team leads and machinists in day-to-day execution of critical engine component machining. This position will be responsible for Safety, Quality, Cost, Schedule and Morale for the Machining team. This is a hands-on position that requires versatile leadership, effective communication, and strong project management skills. In this hands-on leadership role, you will have an impact on all aspects of producing accurate rocket engine components; enabling first article success, high quality and on time delivery of tight tolerance, high value parts. The permanent location of this position is Huntsville, Alabama. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight. This shift is primarily Friday thru Sunday Day shift.


  • Oversee the day to day operations of the machine shop and associated equipment

  • Provide mentoring, training and skills development for team members

  • Promote and inspire teamwork and employee morale

  • Promote and ensure workplace safety

  • Develop and monitor department metrics (Safety, Quality, Cost, Schedule, OEE)

  • Perform critical administrative activities including recruiting, performance reviews, coaching, resource planning and budget management

  • Maintain machine shop schedules to ensure internal delivery targets are met

  • Collaborate with team members to address capacity and scheduling conflicts

  • Drive process improvements to reduce setup times and machining times

  • Establish, maintain and improve workplace 5S and FOD controls

  • Provide status updates on hardware deliveries at daily schedule meeting

  • Ensure all tools and equipment are maintained and calibrated


  • B.S. degree in Manufacturing, Industrial, Mechanical, or related engineering field or 5-7 years of management experience

  • 5 years minimum experience in machining aerospace, defense, automotive or similar complex components

  • Experience with setup and operation of conventional, CNC mills and lathes

  • Excellent blue print reading skills including GD&T per ASME Y14.5M-1994 standard

  • Knowledge of proper cutter selection with appropriate materials

  • Excellent communication skills with a strong customer focus

  • Demonstrated experience in continuous improvement

  • Fluent in use of precision hand tools

  • Proficiency in business/office computing software

  • Familiarity with non-conformance systems

  • Self-motivation and ability to prioritize projects to meet completion dates

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion

  • 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.


  • Experience machining nickel-based alloys, stainless steel alloys, copper or titanium

  • Experience machining tight tolerance, high value components

  • Previous experience with recruiting and training a new workforce

  • Previous experience in a production start-up environment

  • Demonstrated experience in planning, forecasting and capital equipment procurement and/or upgrades

  • Working knowledge of machine tooling and fixture design

  • Experience with NC Programming

  • Knowledge CAD/CAM tools

  • Knowledge and understanding of precision measurement techniques and equipment

  • Outside processing knowledge (heat treat, plating, coating, EDM, grinding, etc.)

  • Ability to work cooperatively with teams of diverse skill levels

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide 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, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.