CNC Programming Lead

Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace

Texas, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2023


Firefly Aerospace Inc. is an American end-to-end space transportation company committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture, and operation of reliable launch and spacecraft vehicles. Firefly’s launch vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure, and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to ten metric tons of payload. Combined with Firefly’s in-space vehicles, such as the Space Utility Vehicle (SUV) and Blue Ghost Lunar Lander, Firefly provides the space industry with a single source for missions from LEO to the surface of the Moon or beyond.

These positions are located at our Manufacturing Plant in Briggs, TX, just north of Cedar Park.


The CNC Programming Lead at Firefly Aerospace is expected to have a comprehensive understanding of all CNC machining and programming operations. This role works in close contact with Machinists, Manufacturing Engineers, Design Engineers and other Engineering teams to increase productivity and optimize machining programs and procedures. This is a working position, in addition to managing (2) onsite and (1) remote programmer.


  • Ability to manage to and use latest version of Esprit and/or Mastercam software to efficiently generate programs for 3, 4, and 5-axis CNC lathes, mills, and machining centers.
  • Generate and maintain programs and setup sheets in a low volume/ high mix environment.
  • Select tools for machining complex parts in steel, copper, and high nickel alloy materials
  • Define and adjust speed and feed parameters for maximum tool life in challenging and high stakes applications
  • Make suggestions on drawing changes to improve manufacturability and CNC program strategy
  • Design and machine fixture tooling as needed
  • Meet expectations for productivity and production goals
  • Provide feedback and ideas for process improvements
  • Run machining simulations using Vericut to provide accurate run times



  • High school diploma or GED
  • 10 years of CNC programming experience using Esprit and Mastercam software
  • Experience programming 5 axis CNC machines
  • Ability to read and interpret G-code


  • Experience with DMG Mori DMU/DMC 5-axis milling centers
  • Experience with Mazak Integrex machines

Firefly offers outstanding benefits for our employees, including generous health, dental and vision plans with low plan deductibles, parental leave, educational reimbursement, short term disability, and flexible PTO options.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.