Career Opportunities

NKW is the oil industry’s engineering/design and manufacturer of industrial High-Pressure/High-Temperature (HPHT) Dewar Flasks, Thermohousings, Pressure Housings and precision-machined products for the:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Geothermal
  • Deep Marine
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • And Research Markets

NKW prides itself on employing skilled craftsmen of all levels throughout the organization. Expert machinists are a vital part of our continued growth and success, as well an essential part of manufacturing process.

National K Works, Inc. offers:

  • Healthcare benefits (medical, dental, vision, Life, STD, LTD, Employee Wellness)
  • Competitive Salaries
  • 401K match up to 5%
  • Profit Sharing
  • Monthly Company BBQ
  • NKW is an equal opportunity employer
  • Professional and friendly work environment

Resumes can be sent to careers@n-k-w.com.

We are always looking for highly qualified, exceptionally experienced CNC and manual machinists. For more information, please contact Letty Leaman, Manager Human Resources at 832.649.4514 or by email at Letty.Leaman@n-k-w.com.

OPEN POSITIONS

First Class CNC Machinist

This is a full-time, day shift position. Lathe and Mill experience required – THIS IS NOT A LATHE POSITION.

Primary Responsibilities of this position:

  • Recent experience running both CNC mill and lathe machines within the last 6 months
  • Perform and complete setup, operate various CNC 4th axis vertical machining centers, CNC 2 and 4 axis lathes with live tooling capabilities without supervision
  • Ability to perform and complete setup, and operation of 5 axis mill, preferred
  • Program at the machine control when required (i.e. turning, facing, drilling, threading, tapping, canned cycles)
  • Machine a variety of complex parts, while maintaining a very high level of quality, accuracy, and productivity
  • Design and manufacture fixtures of all types as the process requires
  • In-process inspection of machined parts to confirm program/tool offsets to achieve dimensional accuracy
  • Train and mentor others in the department
  • Understands and adheres to all company health, safety and manufacturing procedures
  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities for this position:

  • Five (5) years + of machinist experience with conventional CNC equipment
  • Experience with Mitsubishi CNC vertical machining center, and Mori-Seiki CNC lathes, a plus
  • Execute machine set up by studying work orders, blueprints, materials, specifications, and interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T)
  • Ability to set-up various multi-axis machining centers for short production runs, utilizing optimized set-up techniques
  • Requires a strong, collaborative relationship with programming to optimize accuracy, cycle time, tooling selection, to improve lean manufacturing practices
  • Ability to program at the machine control when required (i.e. turning, facing, drilling, threading, tapping, canned cycles)
  • CAM Programming experience, a plus
  • Ability to program using CAD CAM software, on 3, 4, and 5 axis mills within 6 months, if not capable at time of hire
  • Strong working knowledge of various cutting tools, insert geometries, modern carbide grades and coatings required to machine high temp super alloys
  • Ability to calculate SFM and IPM/IPR per cutting tool specifications

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Machine Shop Helper

The ideal candidate for the position of Production Support will be well rounded in a machine shop environment by possessing the required skills to support machinists to expedite machined components through the shop in a fast-paced manner, meeting customer specifications and “on time” delivery goals. This is an entry level position with potential for growth within the organization. This is a Full Time, day shift position.

Primary Responsibilities of this position:

  • Supporting Machinist with daily production output
  • Utilize Straightening Press to straighten part to print specs
  • Facing & rough turning bars on lathe
  • Using forklift and crane for moving parts and material
  • Cleans parts and maintains them in proper condition and ready for the next operation
  • Deburing parts to remove sharp edges
  • Understands and adheres to all company health and safety procedures as they relate to essential job functions
  • Keep work area clean and organized (5S)
  • Track labor assigned to job(s)
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities for this position:

  • Ability to read and understand mechanical drawings preferred
  • Ability to properly use measuring equipment
  • Willingness to learn to operate manufacturing equipment
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Basic computer skills for time entry and document lookup
  • Basic math skills to interpret drawings
  • Strong attention to detail – ability to articulate
  • Acts as a team player, working closely with others in a demanding, fast-paced environment to meet frequently changing production schedules
  • Patience to perform precise task(s) in repetitive operations

Minimum experience required for this position:

This is an entry level position with advancement opportunities within the manufacturing shop

Required education for this position:

High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) and/or vocational training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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