CNC Machining Mentor – NASA HUNCH

Nanoracks Hiring in Houston
Position:CNC Machining Mentor - NASA HUNCH
Reports To:Director of Projects - HUNCH
Location:Webster, TX
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About Nanoracks

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

Since 2009, Nanoracks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, Nanoracks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

What We're Looking For

Smart, talented, critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. You will own your projects and be results oriented. Nanoracks is a small company (70+ awesome people), but we interface with much larger organizations from around the world.  You will need to be able to work in small and large groups as well as simultaneously execute an entire project on time.

The HUNCH CNC Machining Mentor is responsible for supporting the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program and its objectives. The NASA HUNCH program provides an innovative, strategic, education partnership pairing NASA’s unique capabilities and experience with the ingenuity of high school and intermediate students in creating authentic hardware and softgoods for NASA to use in support of missions and research. The HUNCH CNC Machining Mentor will direct the HUNCH CNC Machining in support of high school students and teachers at partner schools in the successful fabrication and processing of aerospace products for NASA.

CNC Machining Mentor - NASA HUNCH


The HUNCH CNC Machining Mentor position will provide CNC machining expertise and oversight to technical teams performing flight hardware development and manufacturing activities supporting the International Space Station Program. It should be stated that hardware production is not performed at all HUNCH schools and those participating schools are made up of students and teachers with varying levels of expertise. Some will be prepared to produce certified flight hardware immediately and on an on-going basis, while others may be just beginning in the program and require training to reach the desired level of expertise.

This position will develop the manufacturing plan for multiple hardware manufacturing projects through the full development life cycle. Typical job functions will include review of drawings and requirements for Flight and Non-flight hardware, preparation of the manufacturing plan, and the equipment to be utilized, programming, set-up, tooling, machining, de-burring and cleaning of the hardware produced. Because HUNCH aims to produce students with an in-depth exposure to all aspects of a project, students should be exposed to these manufacturing tasks where possible.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead a technical team to complete deliverables/products on time, within budget and with Quality Assurance oversight
  • Review requirements and assess design against requirements.
  • Complete hardware process documentation as required to identify and capture process controls and material traceability and Quality Assurance throughout the manufacturing process.
  • Identify, manage, and communicate project risks and mitigation strategies.
  • Responsible for promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Responsible for compliance with the Quality Assurance plan, policies, and procedures. Provide Quality Assurance oversight to ensure the highest standards.



Basic Qualifications

  • 10-15 years of machining experience in a technical field with aerospace or mechanical experience to include hardware development and design.
  • Technical, functional, and/or project lead experience in a technical field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent leadership, motivational and interpersonal skills: Ability to lead and motivate personnel to high standards of performance and increase efficiency.
  • Ability to work within a team environment: work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Follows policies and procedures.
  • Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time.
  • Mature, professional judgment in establishing objectives, milestones, and priorities.
  • Proficiency in reading engineering drawings.
  • Working knowledge of configuration and data management processes.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Mastercam CAD/CAM Manufacturing Software
  • Experience in Configuration Management Control, NASA drawing development, redline processes and release.
  • Previous working experience with NASA or a NASA contractor.
  • Familiarity with NASA or DoD Work Instructions.
  • Experience with NASA systems, such as MIDAS, NAMS, QARC, EDMS, EDCC.


EEO Statement:

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.


Competitive with local and industry standard.

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