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Orbital Tube Weld Technician (Weeknight Shift)



Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 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!

Job Description

This role is part of Blue Origin Operations, which is comprised of Integrated Supply Chain, Facilities, and Security. This includes Manufacturing and Supply Chain support across all Blue Origin facilities.

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for the development, fabrication and inspection of tubes and tube assemblies for space launch vehicles. Utilizing automated weld equipment, you’ll develop and create assemblies that will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Fabricate and install hydraulic, pneumatic and propellant tubing
  • Work with engineers to review design concepts, provide feedback for ease of assembly, and support development tests
  • Review, edit and follow work instructions for assembly tasks
  • Plan and communicate assembly steps for complex mechanical installations
  • Safely work with hazardous systems, containing chemicals and/or high pressure
  • Be able to hand fit and tack weld parts together with TIG welding as required
  • Work with design engineers to help recommend tooling designs needed to fixture parts for welding
  • Ability to visually inspect welds and verify quality utilizing borescopes and other inspection methods
  • Develop weld schedules for various systems and components
  • Setup, operate, and maintain orbital tube welding equipment
  • Cut and prepare all tubing and fittings used in welding operation
  • Maintain a clean work environment

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

Special Mentions

  • Relocation provided
  • Shifts available: Week Night Shift (M-Th 3:00 PM - 1:30 AM)
  • Shift Incentive: Shift Differential Pay
  • Interviews will include a technical assessment
  • Multiple positions available


  • 3+ years of orbital welding experience
  • 5+ years experience in aerospace or related fields
  • Experience with AWS D17.1 and or similar fusion welding or orbital tube welding specifications.
  • Ability to use standard mechanical tools, fabrication shop equipment (band saw, chop saw, grinders, drills, etc.)
  • Capable of using precision tools to accurately measure tight tolerances (calipers, height gauge, scales, etc.)
  • Ability to read and understand aerospace 2D/3D drawings
  • Experience with various thin wall alloys (316 SS, Inco 625, CRES 21-6-9, Monel, Titanium)
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a 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.

Must be physically able to:

  • Climb ladders and stairs, and work in small, restricted areas
  • Lift and carry 25 lbs.


  • Familiarity with tube fabrication (bend, flare, fittings, etc.) and pressurized system safety
  • Experience measuring and inspecting tube assemblies using a vector measuring machine
  • Experience operating heavy lifting equipment such as cranes and forklifts around flight critical hardware
  • Knowledge of drawing review, scheduling systems, work order systems, inventory and various issue tracking systems
  • Working knowledge of a variety of tube/fluid applications including GN2, GHe, hydraulics and cryogenics
  • Ability to use of 3D CAD tools (CREO is preferred), and ability to read and interpret GD&T per ASME Y14.5M-1994 standard
  • Experience cleaning tube systems to aerospace or medical standards
  • Clean room experience
  • Certification from an orbital weld training program
  • Tube bending experience

Compensation range for on site WA 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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