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Orbex Space

Orbex Space

Forres IV36, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024
Orbex are looking for three CNC Engineers experienced in precision machining from difficult-to-machine materials with knowledge of Mastercam software.

We offer work with machines such as a DMG mori lathe with a Sinumerik 840D control, a 4-axis horizontal Haas milling machine, an Okuma 5-axis milling machine and Okuma Multus U3000 multi-tasking machine.

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.

More Details:
Position: Permanent
Working hours: 37,5 hrs a week
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Hours: 15:00 – 23:00


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:
  • Preparing parts machining processes and CNC programs in Mastercam
  • Working with our engineers to ensure optimal designs
  • Operating the machine, set new jobs and prepare the production process on a CNC machine
  • Design machining devices (fixtures, etc.) in SolidWorks
  • Taking measurements of manufactured parts and ensuring their precision.
  • Taking care of entrusted equipment and machines
  • Maintain the machine and workshop at their top condition, including cleaning and repairing whenever required

Key Qualifications and Experience
  • Excellent experience working with CNC machines, ideally with experience DFM / DFA
  • Comfortable running and maintaining a CNC machine, CAM software and working with engineers to consult on design considerations
  • Experience working as a CNC engineer in a precise industry such as aerospace, F1, medical devices, energy etc.
  • Experience of MasterCAM and Solidworks
  • Excellent knowledge of technical drawing and ability to meet tight dimensional and geometric tolerances
  • Knowledge of measurement techniques and measurement tools
  • Experience with all or some of the following machines: Okuma Multus U3000, Okuma Genos 5-axis milling machine, 4-axis horizontal Haas, DMG mori lathe with Sinumerik control

Desirable Skills
  • Experience working with difficult-to-machine materials such as stainless steel or Inconel would be advantageous
  • Experience of Haas, Okuma or Sinumerik machine controls would be ideal


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.

This role is based in Copenhagen at Orbex’s Danish propulsion engineering and manufacturing site with significant time expected at our test site in Faxe.
You will be spending time both at the factory and our nearby rocket engine testing site, with occasional travel to our main factory, test and launch sites in Scotland.
Copenhagen is one of Europe's most modern and aesthetically interesting cities. It is regarded as being one of the most livable cities in the world, with a strong reputation for being clean, green and sustainable.
With a huge, active waterfront and a lively social scene, Copenhagen offers a wide range of social activities and leisure opportunities, all with a uniquely Scandinavian flair. Activities include cycling and sailing, and the centre of the city is famed for its cultural highlights.

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 the opportunity to earn an equity stake in the company plus relocation assistance where appropriate.
  • Competitive salary
  • Enhanced Vacation package in addition to the Danish Holiday act.
  • A significant equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful.
  • Our roles need to be on-site in Copenhagen due to the nature of the position, export controls and security, but we are happy to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide relocation assistance as required.