Orbital ATK High Rate Machinist in Rocket Center, West Virginia

High Rate Machinist

Locations:Rocket Center, WV

Categories: Technicians


Job Description

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Job ID:GS20182702-44145

Orbital ATK is currently seeking an experienced High Rate Machinist to work as part of our Missile Products team in our Rocket Center, West Virginia facility.

With annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, over 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Role description & Responsibilities:

The High Rate Machinist is responsible for the operation of Manual and CNC machining equipment. The successful candidate must be available for shifts as assigned by supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Could include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Running production parts on Manual and CNC machining equipment.

  • Collection and recording of SPC characteristics of manufactured parts on digital and manual measuring devices.

  • Work with Supervision, Engineering and/or Mission Assurance personnel to improve safety, quality, and/or cost of manufacturing processes.

  • Train other machinists and operators to safely, accurately and proficiently manufacture parts using manual and CNC equipment.

  • Serve as resource for Engineering, Supervision, Mission Assurance and other machinists as required.

  • Mount tooling according to the tool sheet or the program

  • Indicate and align all tools

  • Touch off tools on X,Z, and Y axis

  • Produce first part and submit to inspection

  • Make changes based on inspection results in order to get first piece acceptance

  • Assure that all gages and necessary documentation are in the work area

  • Note all tool and insert changes

  • Basic knowledge of how to operate and navigate a computer.

  • Operate any process in accordance with the procedures and set up sheets

  • Support Research & Development efforts by collaborating with respective engineers


  • High school diploma, or equivalent

  • Minimum combination of (5) five years’ experience in operation and related education of manual and/or CNC controlled machining equipment.

Technology Knowledge:

Must have thorough understanding and be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following:

  • Shop mathematics.

  • Blue-print reading and understanding.

  • Ability to read and take measurements using digital and manual inspection equipment.

Business Process Knowledge:

  • Support management strategies and plans

  • Promote safety and health.

  • Understand the customer needs and expectations.

  • Perform to the highest level of quality.

  • Communicate effectively

Business Process Management:

Reference, support, and utilize appropriate BPMs. Provide improvement suggestions where needed. Responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining business processes in scope of responsibility.


Work is frequently checked for quality, accountable for final results to manager, supervisor, group/lead person, and project engineer(s).

Source of Work Direction:

Manager, supervisor, group/lead person, project engineer(s) as required.

Compliance with organizational and governing bodies:

  • EEO: Support the Equal Employment Opportunities policy through proper management of interpersonal and professional relationships with all employees in an effort to realize the potential of a diversified workforce.

  • Safety: Adhere to all safety rules, regulations, and standards as they apply to evaluating and controlling working conditions to assure the health and safety of all Alliant Techsystems employees.

  • Ethics:Support the implementation of, and adhere to, Alliant Techsystems’ business ethics and conduct standards.

  • Quality: Improve quality by continuously improving products and services in accordance to specific needs of the customer, both internally and externally. Adhere to ISO standards of quality as specified in the organization’s Universal Operating Procedures and General Operating Procedures.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike weapons, missile-warning solutions, and tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems. We are the largest U.S. producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems. Orbital ATK Defense Systems also develops advanced capabilities for missile-defense interceptors, fuzing and warheads, weaponized special-mission aircraft, and propulsion/controls.

Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:None

Years of Experience:5-8 Years

Education:High School/GED