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Additive Manufacturing Technician

STOKE Space Technologies

STOKE Space Technologies

Software Engineering
Kent, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on Earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. Space technology will enable global access to information, solutions to climate change, answers to global food security, products that transform healthcare, clean energy production, and more. Today, rocket launch options are slow, expensive, and unreliable. Stoke is building the world’s most efficient fully and rapidly reusable rocket designed to fly daily that will radically increase access to space and open up the space economy to safeguard our precious home, Earth.


Fully reusable launch vehicles are the key to seamlessly connecting Earth and space. We are seeking a full-time Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technician to join our dynamic team. This role is focused on shop floor tasks centered around metallic additive manufacturing technologies. With technical certifications or equivalent work experience and knowledge, the successful candidate will be instrumental in advancing our in-house production capabilities, ensuring regular production of complex aerospace components, and contributing to our mission. You must be ready to stay focused, move fast, self-direct, and learn on the fly.


  • Take extreme ownership for shop floor operation of Velo3D XC machines to deliver hardware with a focus on flexibility and scrappiness needed to accomplish the goal.
  • Hands-on machine operation skills. The candidate should be comfortable operating high value equipment and computer-controlled tools.
  • The candidate will be comfortable delivering results in the face of adversity. When necessary, take action to find creative solutions and collaborate with experts/leaders.
  • Embrace a fast-paced startup environment, staying focused, self-directed, and eager to learn and adapt on the fly.
  • Knowledge and responsibility for mechanical systems necessary to support AM operations including gas and fluid plumbing, shop floor equipment.
  • Ability to engage in manual support removal using air tools, part de-powdering in Solukon, and EDM operation for cutting parts off build plates.
  • Ownership of shop floor cleanliness and organization. The candidate must be able to learn from doing and work towards continuous process improvement by providing feedback and taking ownership of 5S activities.
  • Maintenance of equipment and supporting tools relevant to the manufacturing process.
  • Ability to work safely while manipulating heavy objects and handling metal powders.
  • The candidate will have strong knowledge of hand and power tools, how to use them to accomplish a given task.
  • Digital work order inputs/outputs, ability to follow computer-based directions and provide feedback to engineering staff for continuous improvement of process documentation.


  • No degree requirements if applicant has relevant background work experience necessary to be successful in the role. Examples of relevant experience include working in the construction trades, CNC machining, aerospace assembly technician, or automotive mechanic roles.
  • 1+ years of experience as metal additive manufacturing technician is preferred. 3+ years of total job experience in a relatable field is required.
  • Comfortable with hands-on machine operation of high value and high consequence equipment.
  • Highly organized with the ability to work flexible hours, including second shift and weekends, as needed.
  • Proficient communication skills, willingness to work and collaborate with a team to accomplish goals.
  • Knowledge of general fabrication methods including CNC milling, turning, EDM, welding, bending, etc.
  • Self-starter mindset, maintain focus on the goal and work towards it when input from process experts and leaders is stretched thin.
  • Work with high intensity, maintain status tracking, and project execution ownership in an ambitious environment.
  • Ability to lead.
  • Ability to follow.
  • Willing to relocate to Seattle, WA


  • Medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance
  • 401(k) match
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Equity


Target Levels:

  • Level 1: $25 - $38/hour
  • Level 2: $31 - $47/hour

Equal Opportunity

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including with respect to disability and veteran status. It is committed to compliance with all equal opportunity laws, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and Title VII. It does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, citizenship, immigration status, or any other protected class when it comes to employment practices, including hiring.

Employment at the Company is contingent upon satisfactory completion of reference and background checks, and on your ability to prove your identity and authorization to work in the U.S. for the Company. Employees must comply with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services employment verification requirements, and, therefore, they must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 at the start of employment and re-verify authorization to work periodically.

Separate from this I-9 process, this position entails access to certain technology and technical data that is restricted under U.S. export control laws and regulations. Employment or continued employment may be conditioned on your legal authorization to work with or have access to export control materials as necessary to perform your job.