• Thermal Processing Technician

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    Integrated Supply Chain
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  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for thermal processing of a wide range of aerospace hardware; assisting with specification, procurement and installation of equipment; operation and maintenance of vacuum furnaces, sub-systems and ancillary equipment; assisting with process documentation and controls.  In this hands-on position, you’ll work with engineers in the manufacturing area to build our launch vehicles and spacecraft.  We seek people who are passionate about space and possess a strong desire to continuously learn and improve existing skills and techniques, as well as the development of new skills and techniques.  This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    • Perform thermal processing operations to obtain high quality results of brazing, hardness and mechanical properties of aerospace components
    • Work with design, manufacturing and process engineers to design for thermal processing including heat treatment, brazing, and surface processing
    • Operate and ‘own’ vacuum furnaces with high vacuum and positive pressure quench capability
    • Identify and apply mature state-of-the-art processes to manufacturing, and assist in the development of process control documentation and quality assurance measures
    • Assist with the development of new processes to solve challenging problems, including joining, coatings and heat treatment
    • Assist with training of operators in all aspects of thermal processing and equipment usage and maintenance



    • Minimum of 5 years of aerospace thermal processing experience
    • Experience working with
      • Materials engineers to design, test, and document heat treatment and braze processes
      • Design engineers to specify braze joints designs, braze alloy selection (Ni and precious metal base), and process development
    • Experience thermally processing aerospace materials such as stainless steel, copper, nickel and cobalt alloys, and titanium alloys
    • Familiar with post process testing such as hardness, alpha case, and mechanical testing
    • Familiar with performing furnace preventative maintenance
    • Strong written and personal computer skills
    • Attention to detail, passion for space and for success.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum

    Must be physically able to:

    • Climb ladders and stairs, and work in small, restricted areas
    • Lift and carry 25 lbs.
    • Work 1st, 2nd, or 3rd shift, as well as weekends and overtime when necessary


    • 10+ years of aerospace vacuum thermal processing experience
    • Experience performing post process testing such as hardness, alpha case, and mechanical testing
    • Ability to operate manual machine tools (basic lathe, mill)
    • Experience operating heavy lifting equipment such as cranes and forklifts around flight critical hardware.
    • Thermal processing binder applied coatings experience


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