Flight Hardware Processing Assistant

Nanoracks Hiring in Houston
Position:Flight Hardware Processing Assistant
Reports To:CNC Machining Mentor
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.

Flight Hardware Processing Assistant


The NASA HUNCH Flight Hardware Processing Assistant has responsibility for supporting the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) project. The 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 NASA HUNCH Flight Hardware Processing Assistant will work with the Flight Hardware Assembly Expert and a team of technical specialists to support high school students and teachers at partner schools in the successful fabrication and processing of aerospace hardware for NASA. Support required by the NASA HUNCH Flight Hardware Processing Assistant includes providing technical training and troubleshooting to participating teachers.



  • Work in a safe and organized manor. Maintain and promote a safe, clean and organized work area at all times.
  • Assist in the fabrication and assembly of Flight Hardware in compliance with NASA requirements and standards.
  • Piece part inspection, quality assurance and documentation.
  • Maintain quality assurance records and documentation as required.
  • Assist with precision sheet metal fabrication.
  • Raw material tracking and traceability control.
  • Assist in mentoring high school students and teachers in aerospace assembly techniques and requirements.
  • Support management and tracking of projects inventory.
  • Reports to Flight Hardware Assembly Lead.


Working Conditions:

Metal fabrication shop environment. Metal working, machining, forming, bending and Flight Assembly Lab. Safety First is of the utmost importance



Basic Qualifications: 

  • Experience with Processing and assembly of NASA Flight Hardware in compliance with NASA requirements and standards.

  • Ability to assist Flight Hardware Assembly Expert and Projects Manager in processing and assembly of NASA Flight Hardware in compliance with NASA requirements and standards. 

  • Support fabrication, dimensional inspection, finishing work and quality assurance documentation of piece parts in compliance with engineering drawings as required for assembly. 

  • Energetic willingness to learn. 

  • Adaptable/flexible and ability to handle multiple tasks in a high paced environment. 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, customer service, presentation and interpersonal. 

  • Exceptional team environment and organizational skill; and demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous Experience in Flight Hardware manufacturing and processing.

  • Demonstrated hands on experience in the ability to perform fabrication and processing of aerospace hardware.


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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