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Firefly Aerospace is a U.S. based advanced space technology developmental organization focusing on the leading edge of space systems progression. We are committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture, and operation of reliable launch vehicles.

This role is located at our Manufacturing Plant in Briggs, TX, just north of Cedar Park.


The AFP NC Programmer role at Firefly Aerospace is expected to have a comprehensive understanding of CNC machining and programming operations. In this role, you will have the opportunity to make the largest liquid-filled all composite rocket ever built.ย  You will work in close concert with Manufacturing Technicians, Manufacturing Engineers, Design Engineers and other Engineering teams to increase productivity and optimize machining programs and procedures.


  • Generate and maintain programs and setup sheets in a high mix/low volume environment.
  • Define and adjust speed and feed parameters for maximum tool life in challenging and high stakes applications
  • Make suggestions on drawing changes to improve manufacturability and CNC program strategy
  • Design and machine fixture tooling as needed
  • Meet expectations for productivity and production goals
  • Maintain product flow and alert management when production is impeded or slowed
  • Provide feedback and ideas for process improvements
  • Digitally proof programing and have a cautious approach to high risk operations to avoid head crashes
  • Siemens Nx Surface modeling
    • Generating tool paths
    • Reviewing simulations
    • Broad understanding of gantry kinematics
    • Interpreting output files



  • High school diploma or GED
  • 10 years of CNC programming experience
  • Experience programming 5 axis CNC machines
  • 5 year๏ฟฝs experience programing for a 5 axisย  milling operation or large format gantry operation
  • Attention to detail and tolerance for some level of monotony and/or repetition. Optimization of programs will be desired, which may lead to programing many different variations
  • Willingness to be hands on with the machine, monitoring the machine response to program will be key to optimization of programs.


  • Masters degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering
  • Experience programing for an Ingersoll gantry mill or Automated Fiber Placement, large format operation
  • Working knowledge of composite manufacturing operations
  • 10 years of CNC programming experience
  • Experience with multi axis mill and lathe CNC machines
  • Experience with Odoo ERP Software.
  • Coding capability in python, macros, Visual Basis, File parsing/editing, excel scripts
  • Attention to detail and tolerance for some level of monotony and/or repetition

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Must be available for overtime and weekend hours

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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.


United States, Bertram, TX

Posted 2 months ago

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