CNC Engineer

Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom
Full Time
Mid Level
Orbex are looking for CNC engineer with an understanding of milling precision parts with fine tolerances, ideally working on large 3-axis CNC machines.
This is a unique opportunity to work for a groundbreaking company, with the chance to support the manufacture of highly precise, space-grade components such as rocket engines and have your work launched into space.


Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Sutherland Spaceport. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €85m of project financing secured, a number of customers signed up, our launch licence application submitted, and backing from organisations including UKSA and ESA.

We are a rapidly growing company with staff located between our production and test facilities in Forres, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Working on cutting-edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Prime’s carbon footprint is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, leading to innovations in propulsion and tank structures. A state-of-the-art re-flight system means we can recover and reuse our technology, and innovations in separation mechanisms mean we leave no debris in space.
Having developed in-house production capability, we can 3D print complex engines, produce full-scale carbon composite fuel tanks, and have avionics and software testing labs in both Scotland and Denmark. Based in Forres, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced cutting-edge company, gaining a unique insight into what it takes to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.

Orbex is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is working towards a more diverse workforce in the aerospace industry.


The position includes the following tasks and responsibilities:
  • Running and maintaining the CNC machine, ideally programming its CAD software and working with our engineers to ensure optimal designs
  • Operate the machine, set new jobs and prepare the production process on a CNC milling machine
  • Use HyperMILL (or other CAM program) and work difficult-to-machine materials whilst working with tight dimensional tolerances.
  • Read technical drawings and design machining devices (fixtures, etc.)
  • Maintain the machine and workshop at their top condition, including cleaning and repairing whenever required
  • Maintain machine records and ongoing preventative maintenance.
  • working in a safe manner, adhering to health and safety rules and guidelines
Key Qualifications and Experience
  • 3 years minimum experience of 3 axis milling machines, 4- and 5- axis work would be beneficial but not essential
  • An apprenticeship and/or HNC in Mechanical Engineering
  • Being able to interpret CAD drawings & models
  • Some experience with CAD/CAM, HyperMILL preferred but Mastercam, Edgecam are also desirable
  • Ability to use manual lathe and turret milling machines
  • Must have thorough attention to detail
Desirable Skills
  • Experience with Fanuc control preferred 
  • Experience working with materials like carbon fibre would be advantageous

Orbex is a high-paced, startup culture where you will be encouraged to assume responsibility for tasks and see them through.
It is imperative that you take initiative, communicate openly and can collaborate with technical and non technical team members.

You must be able to thrive in an international, diverse and multicultural environment.
Orbex is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is working towards a more diverse workforce in the aerospace industry.


This role is based in Moray at Orbex’s headquarters on Forres Enterprise Park.


You must be a UK or European citizen, or from a country that is a signatory to the MTCR convention. 


For the right candidate, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:
  • Competitive Salary between £31,000 - £39,700 per annum
  • An equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful
  • A company cycle to work scheme
  • Group Life Insurance


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