Madison, Wisconsin

Are you a skilled aviation professional with the desire to join a team of talented mechanics and elevate your career? We have the opportunity for you! As a Machinist II, you'll complete the fabrication of requested material to achieve defined specifications and provide responsive fabrication support. You'll apply your knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures to set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments and fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain our machines and equipment.

A subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy. Leveraging breakthrough technologies including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, also known as America’s Spaceplane®, and expandable LIFE™ habitat, Sierra Space offers turnkey solutions that are modular, reusable and scalable. Sierra Space brings life to space, and space to life.  Learn More about Sierra Space


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent and typically 2 or more years of relevant experience

    • A higher-level degree may substitute for experience

    • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • Basic understanding of machining techniques

  • Experience with machining tools and equipment

  • Basic knowledge of CNC Mill, CNC Lathe machine operation including maintenance

  • Changing/offsetting tools and adjusting machine feeds and speeds

  • Set up and production of basic parts, as well as repair and/or modification of existing parts

  • Basic knowledge of milling and turning tooling

  • Using CAM software at a basic to intermediate level

  • Understanding M and G codes

  • Basic knowledge of manual mill, manual lathe, band saw, drill press and various other machine shop support equipment

  • Proper use of measuring tools such as calipers, micrometers, gauge pins, comparator stand with drop indicator, height gage etc. 

  • Ability to communicate effectively with Managers, Engineers, Quality personnel, Technicians and Machinists


  • Understanding of 3-D printing and machining techniques

  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry, the US Department of Defense or US Military 

  • Advanced blueprint reading including geometric tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Maintain accountability of shop tools and measuring equipment in TCMax

  • Identify out of tolerance parts

  • Routinely checking parts and recording measurements

  • Basic knowledge of MS Excel, MS Word and MS Outlook

  • Understanding and following safety rules and regulations

  • Utilizing a traveler and any accompanying documentation

  • Adept at problem solving of machining methods, machining operations order and part set up

  • Ability to research information on cutting tools, machine tooling, machinery & machine accessories

  • Ability to understand and work in an AS9100 shop environment 


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station.  Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

Sierra Space Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.

Madison, Wisconsin

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration, with applications including telemedicine, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, scientific research and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, with a global workforce supporting its customers

Sierra Nevada Corporation and owners Fatih and Eren Ozmen have been honored by numerous organizations as a result of their successful leadership, including: World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space, Fast Company America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Inc. Tier 1 Superior Supplier for U.S. Air Force Aerospace Company of the Year Top Women-Owned U.S. Government Contractor Fastest Growing Women-Owned Company in North America Aviation Entrepreneurs of the Year Living Legends of Aviation Most Influential Turkish-American Woman, No. 2 TurkOfAmerica Top 10 Most Influential Turkish Americans, TurkOfAmerica Top Woman-Owned Firm for excellence in using innovative information technology solutions Women Role Model of the Year Distinguished Business of the Year Honorary Doctorate of Science -- University of Nevada, Reno (2016) Family Owned Business Award -- Nevada Business Magazine As a tribute to the Ozmen's exceptional leadership, successful vision and extraordinarily generous employee benefits, SNC was recognized by its employees as: Reno-Tahoe's Best Places to Work Denver's Best Places to Work Florida's Best Companies to Work

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