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Jacobs Machinist Technician in Houston, Texas

Critical Mission Solutions

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It's our promise to challenge the status quo as we redefine how to solve the world's greatest challenges, and transform big ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.

Design your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed –today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

Are you passionate about human space exploration or understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a dynamic and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe. We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.

We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration. From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway.

We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.

We need you to be a part of our team!

We are currently in need of a Machinist Technician to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

This is a JETS CBA position with Jacobs.

As a Machinist you will:

  • Plan, layout, machine and assemble to precision tolerances parts and tools designed to meet exacting standards and specifications consisting of mechanical or specialty apparatus.

  • Set and operate a variety of machining equipment such as engine and bench lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, job borers, grinders, hones, gear cutters, and drill presses, to fully utilize most functions of the machines.

  • Plan and determine under supervision the sequence of machining operations, number of cuts required to obtain required finishes and tolerances, determine cutting tools to be used and method of holding and aligning work.

  • Make complete layout on parts involving compound angles and exacting mating part work, to check for sufficient stock and for reference during machining.

  • Set up machines to completely and independently perform any operations within their capacity. Select mount and align various specialized machine attachments and standard or improvised tooling. Determine, set, and adjust machine speeds, feeds and depth of cut. Select, mount, and fasten cutting tools for specified finish and best performance consistent with the type of material being machined. May be performed under direct supervision if complex, or independently.

  • Check own machine set up and parts run for conformance to blueprint specifications. May be required to grind own tool bits and drills.

  • May offer technical direction to engineers and customers on pre-fabrication, modifications, or repairs.

  • Work from detailed drawings, templates, sketches, assembly blueprints, or oral instructions.

  • Operate the machines to perform such typical operations as chasing all types of single and multiple external tapers; turning, boring, reaming, facing, slotting, etc., for any type of machine fit; machining parts involving compound angles or concentric and coordinated concave or convex surfaces to exacting tolerances; may include instruction from more experienced machinists.

  • Ability to program and operate in at least one CNC language.

  • Train less experienced machinists; general inspection of work.

  • Maintain a clean and organized work area.

  • Organize and properly store inventory, materials, and safety equipment.

  • Use of lift equipment as required.

  • Perform related duties as required.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Required Skills:

  • Requires a High School Diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 4 years of machinist experience.

  • Familiarity in at least one CNC programming language.

  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures.

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.


  • Proficiency in the programming of CNC Lathes manually or with CAD CAM is a plus; Mastercam experience preferred.

  • Experience on the following machine tool types: Mazak Integrex 200 and 40 turning centers, Mazak Quick Turn.

  • Overhead crane experience.

  • Handling of NASA flight hardware.

Why Work for Jacobs?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do! Come join our team and be part of our future. We look forward to seeing you!

See What We Do (https://app.frame.io/presentations/225c1d41-60d8-58cc-bf8c-fd204fb246d9)

Jacobs Aerospace Solutions Overview

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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements:

Requires Occasional:

  • Climbing and maintaining balance on ladders, scaffolds, structures, etc. above and below ground level.

  • Lifting up to 50 pounds from ground level, waist level, and overhead (occasional).

  • Carrying up to 50 pounds for 3 feet (occasional).

  • Bending, kneeling, crouching/squatting and crawling from 1 to 30 minutes at a time.

Requires Frequent:

  • Reaching for, handling, and manipulating objects and materials in all directions.

  • Standing.

  • Hearing with or without correction.

Requires Constant:

  • Coordinating eyes, hands, and fingers to operate tools and equipment.

  • Seeing with or without correction.

Requires the ability to:

  • Follow set procedures and standards.

  • Apply basic mathematical skills.

  • Plan and work selecting proper tools.

  • Compare and understand differences in the size, shape, and form or lines, figures, and objects.

  • Follow written and oral directions, plans and blueprints.

  • Picture and evaluate solid objects from drawings or diagrams using standards that can be measured or checked.

  • Recognize and report safety hazards.

Must be able to work in a fast paced team environment. Performs routine and/or non-routine skilled work, relies on experience and judgment to plan and execute tasks. Must be able to wear steel toed shoes. Will be required to participate in hearing loss prevention program.

Work Environment:

The Manufacturing Facility is a large, climate controlled work area with an array of machining equipment. Exposure to uneven ground levels, various noise levels caused by power tools, machinery, equipment, etc.

Equipment and Machines:

Operate and maintain machining centers both manual and CNC (mills, lathes, drill presses, grinders, hones, borers, water jets, etc.), powered shop tools (grinders, wire wheels, etc.), shop equipment (presses, drills, sheet metal brakes, sanders, saws, shears, etc.), lifts, mobile hoists (cherry pickers), chain hoists, overhead cranes, pallet jacks (powered and unpowered), hand trolleys, 4-wheel dollies, hand tools, stands, clamps, vises, potential forklift.

Computer workstations, peripheral equipment to maintain/adjust database logs and records, and print documents. Other office machines (printer, fax, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements.

Other Essential Functions:

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a drug-free workplace.

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.