CNC Operator (2nd Shift)

Huntington Beach, United States (USA), Rocket Lab [2925523]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Job type

About this job

The primary responsibility of the CNC Operator/Programmer is to maintain and operate the CNC machines to build flight-ready hardware that meet Rocket Lab specifications at the needed rate.


  • Read and translate drawings/CAD models
  • Provide feedback to improve work instructions.
  • Work to improve CNC programs and maintain tolerances.
  • Develop fixtures and setups to enable more efficient production of hardware.
  • Provide/receive feedback to CMM operator.
  • Work to reduce any non-conformances found by quality or engineering.
  • Help to qualify and commission new CNC and CNC related equipment.
  • Help to schedule work through the CNC, accounting for lead times, yield, and required delivery cadence.
  • Provide ideas on batch sizes, setups, etc.
  • Track calibration and maintenance of all equipment and tooling in the area.
  • Provide training and development to future employees in the department.


  • Essential Skills / Experience
    • 2+ years of experience with CNC operation
    • Experienced in designing custom tooling/fixtures
    • The ability to interpret drawings
    • GD&T
    • The ability to learn quickly and able to work productively without direct supervision
    • Experience working under pressure and to tight deadlines
    • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Preferred Skills / Experience
    • CNC programming experience
    • Experience in avionics or aerospace manufacturing
  • Health & Safety
    • Ensure health and safety policies and standard operating procedures are followed
    • Correct PPE is worn in designated areas
    • Near misses and incidents are reported promptly

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