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Space Resources R&D Fabrication Technician II



Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

This position is part of the Space Systems Development (SSD) business unit. SSD develops next-generation concepts and systems to advance our future of living and working in space sustainably.

We believe that to preserve our planet, humanity must expand beyond our limits, venturing into space to explore and discover new energy and material resources.

In pursuit of this vision, we invite you to join our dynamic Space Resources Program. We're dedicated to developing and demonstrating In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies for the Moon and beyond. If our mission resonates with you and you're eager to contribute, you could be the perfect addition to our inclusive, open-minded, and forward-thinking team.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, and engineers, as R&D Fabrication Technician, you will engage in all phases of a rapid product development cycle, from conceptualization to formal design, implementation, environmental testing, and final integration.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

In this hands-on role, you will work entirely onsite at our Los Angeles Facility with the Space Resources Program team. We're seeking an experienced R&D Fabrication Technician to support and engage in all phases of a rapid product development cycle, from conceptualization to formal design, implementation, environmental testing, and final integration. We value self-motivated, hands-on individuals who can find practical solutions to abstract problems.

In this role, you'll need to demonstrate proficiency in operating CNC equipment, manual bed mills, lathes, and other shop tools. Responsibilities extend to lab organization and maintenance, as well as managing tools and consumables. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working both independently and collaboratively within a team, facilitating the success of all members in their tasks.

You'll also be expected to actively collaborate with project team members to find solutions that meet design and schedule requirements. These solutions will involve machine and material selection, tooling design, part programming using CAM software, machining or fabrication of parts, inspection, and ongoing communication with the project owner.

Our teams work in fast-paced cycles of design, analysis, and construction to deliver scalable solutions. We're looking for someone adaptable, willing to take action, eager to learn, and committed to safety and quality. Your creativity, innovative spirit, and ability to navigate changing requirements are crucial.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2+ years of fabrication experience.
  • Experience programming, setting up, and operating a variety of CNC and manual machines, including but not limited to 3-axis Mills.
  • Experience with R&D Machinist programming
  • Experience working both independently and collaboratively within a team of individual contributors to enable every member to succeed in their respective tasks.
  • Proficiency in developing and updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs).
  • Experience maintaining laboratory in compliance with Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Ability to perform routine cleaning and maintenance of instruments, workspaces, and lab facilities, ensuring a safe and productive work environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, keen attention to detail, strong problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work well in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
  • Ability to perform physical tasks such as lifting or moving heavy equipment up to 40 lbs as needed.
  • This position will require adaptability and the ability to be productive with limited oversight.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with GD&T and CAD (Creo or similar)
  • Familiarity with typical aerospace systems and operational environments.
  • Hands-on experience installing, operating, and maintaining a variety of laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Experience working in research and development laboratory environments.
  • Relevant certifications related to safety, hazardous materials handling.
  • Proven track record of working successfully between multiple disciplines.
  • Experience in fast-paced R&D environments.
  • Additional machining and fabrication experience, including welding, grinding, honing, wire EDM, waterjet, sheet metal forming and processing, etc.
  • Experience with additive manufacturing machines, especially metal

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $29.03-$40.65

Other site ranges may differ

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? 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 desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Export Control Regulations

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.


Benefits include: 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 as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

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, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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