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
  • Professional and friendly work environment
  • Day Shift
  • NKW is an equal opportunity employer

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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


Controller/Future CFO Path

Only candidates with (job) cost accounting experience will be considered.

Salary Range: 80K -120K Annually

Position Summary:

Successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination of the organization's financial planning, budget management, cost management and job cost accounting functions. Ensure company accounting procedures and reporting conform to generally accepted accounting practices, including the integrity and safekeeping of financial assets. Ensure legal and contractual compliance with external and internal entities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establish and implement goals and objectives
  • Report financial status by developing forecasts; reporting results; analyzing variances; developing improvements
  • Ensure accurate internal and external recording and reporting of financial transactions
  • Develop finance organizational strategies by contributing financial and accounting information, analysis, and recommendations to strategic thinking and direction; establishing functional objectives in line with organizational objectives
  • Oversee daily operations of the finance and accounting department, including Treasury functions
  • Work with department managers to develop yearly and interim business plans
  • Produce KPI dashboard of monthly financial results and communicate results to internal staff and management
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate department staff
  • Provide leadership to department personnel through effective communication, delegation, and objectives
  • Coordinate with IT department in the development and implementation of efficient systems to ensure company objectives are met
  • Ensure accounting activities are in accordance with established legal, regulatory, and company procedures
  • Oversee the preparation of daily, monthly, quarterly and annual or other period financial statements and reports. Ensuring that external document submission and filing are accurate and timely
  • Ensure effective financial internal controls for the department and company. Continually evaluate established policies and procedures, and update or modify them as necessary
  • Coordinate tax reporting requirements, working with external accounting firm to file Federal, State, local, payroll and required tax data for company principals
  • Ensure the company's professional reputation is maintained and appropriate level of confidentiality regarding company operations
  • Administer corporate profit sharing programs
  • All other duties and special projects as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Maintain confidential and/or proprietary information and possess high ethical standards
  • Strong knowledge of finance, cost accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and forecasts
  • Strong knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems
  • Knowledge of Federal and State financial regulations
  • Ability to efficiently use financial data mining tools
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Solid analytical and technical skills
  • Strong math skills and accounting practices
  • Strong attention to detail – ability to articulate results of operations

Minimum experience required for this position:

  • Five (5) or more years in a Corporate Controller level position
  • Strong cost management and job cost accounting experience in a manufacturing process or job costing environment
  • Knowledge of FASB rules
  • Excellent Excel and Access skills with the ability to data mine and report stored data

Required education for this position:

  • BS in Accounting, Finance or Business, with job cost accounting experience, preferred
  • Certificate of Management Accounting a plus

This position supervises:

All team members assigned to finance and accounting department

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Technical Sales

In this role you will shape the future direction and growth of the company by expanding our existing business and taking us into new parts of the downhole market. You will be a one-person role and be an integral part of the company's leadership team. We are a 42 year old company with a focus on operations and processes and a reputation for getting it right.

Specifically, we engineer and manufacture products that allow our customers to generate revenue in the world's harshest down hole conditions that are otherwise inaccessible. We start with a deep curiosity and appreciation of their application, we drill down to define their economic drivers, we produce great engineering by sweating the details and simplifying again and again until it is right, we manufacture and test using well planned, documented and innovative manufacturing processes. We know we have succeeded when our product generates premium revenue for our customer and we have produced something we are proud of.

Primary Responsibilities of this position:

  • Generate and execute sales strategies leveraging our strengths and differentiators to increase our existing business and create new business.
  • Network, research and meet with industry end users to find and create revenue opportunities and then convert those opportunities into revenue.
  • Own the quote process from the initial customer contact to discerning good opportunities from bad opportunities, guiding the customer through the process, working with our engineering and manufacturing teams, understanding our costs and profit margins, nurturing the post-quote phase.
  • Manage activities through Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Requirements for this position:

  • A passion for sales and the knowledge and proof that you are very good at it.
  • An open curiosity and deep understanding of the down hole industry. Wireline logging experience preferred.
  • Working in or selling to large oilfield service companies.
  • Technically strong enough to discuss a customer's application, drill down to identify their economic drivers and then discover the opportunity to develop a solution for them.
  • Possess and exude professionalism and business acumen.

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Lead Programmer

Position Summary: The ideal candidate will be responsible for planning, organizing and producing efficient G-code programs for CNC machining centers (mills/lathes) utilizing modern CAD-CAM software in a solid modeling environment.

Primary Responsibilities of this position:

  • Create G-code programs for efficiently manufacturing parts using EdgeCam 2018 R2 software
  • Produce process drawings using Solid Modeling package
  • Read and interpret blueprints and related technical data to determine tooling requirements, control settings, machining methods, and operational sequences
  • Develop machining practices that increase safety and throughput, while reducing setup rates and non-conformances
  • Estimate machining durations for quoting purposes
  • May observe operation of machine during first article to prove instructions provided, for first run programs
  • Review new part machining requirements for manufacturability on existing equipment
  • Must be able to set-up and run CNC machines, as needed
  • Follow machining guidelines for part families and components
  • Responsible for recommending and maintaining tooling levels for the machine shop
  • Responsible for specifying and ordering tooling required to machine components on a production basis
  • Properly setup and operate various CNC mills and lathes to produce complex, quality, machined components within specified tolerances
  • Train, develop and mentor others in the department
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required Skills and Abilities for this position:

  • Knowledge of G-code program interpretation, setup, and operation of CNC lathes, Live tooling lathe, and 4 & 5 axis mills with Fanuc, Mitsubishi, and Hiedenhain controls required
  • Knowledge of manufacturing Acme, Stub acme, and dual lead threads required
  • Experience with work planes or multiple CPL's required
  • Basic Trigonometry required
  • Understands G,D,&T and how it applies to programming, machining and measurement of parts
  • Practical experience machining exotic super alloys, i.e. 718 Aged Inconel and Titanium
  • Knowledge and experience using Autodesk Inventor or Solidworks preferred
  • Knowledge and experience using Visual Mfg ERP system preferred
  • Microsoft Office required
  • Extensive knowledge of metal working manufacturing practices
  • Extensive knowledge of inspection practices

Minimum experience required for this position:

  • Advanced Edge-Cam experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Autodesk Vault workgroup preferred
  • CNC Programming certificate preferred
  • 5 years related experience required

Required education for this position:

  • High School Diploma; or GED and Vocational training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • AAS in Machining Technologies preferred

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Production Planning Support Specialist

The ideal candidate for the position of Production Planning Support Specialist will add value to NKW's success by supporting production planning activities to include, providing excellent customer service; possess a technical/mechanical aptitude and commitment to achieving the organization's goals.

Position Summary: Coordinates and expedites flow of materials, parts, and assemblies between sections or departments, according to the production and shipping schedules or department priorities.

Primary Responsibilities of this position:

  • Coordinate and expedite flow of materials, parts, and assemblies between sections or departments
  • Assist Supply Chain Manager with planning and controlling of inventory, raw material and finished goods
  • Read production schedules, inventory reports, and work orders to determine type and quantity of materials required, availability of stock, and order priority
  • Maintain accurate physical inventory of raw material and finished goods
  • Complete labeling requirements of all incoming materials
  • Responsible for accurate labeling and maintaining of all inventory locations
  • Complete accurate inventory transactions in the ERP system
  • Print work orders and maintain revision control for items currently in process
  • Purchase and manage supply orders from vendors
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Coordinate with shipping department to schedule packaging requirements for outbound customer shipments

Required Skills and Abilities for this position:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent oral/written communications skills
  • Microsoft Office Applications and ERP systems
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Technical experience, coupled with manufacturing background preferred

Minimum experience required for this position:

One (1) year experience in manufacturing or similar environment

Required education for this position:

High School diploma or general education degree (GED)

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First Class CNC Machinist

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

The ideal candidate for the position of Manual Lathe Machinist will possess the knowledge to apply proper machining techniques and procedures according to print specifications, meeting internal and external customer needs and specifications. This is a full-time, day shift position.

Primary Responsibilities of this position:

  • Properly setup and operate various manual lathes
  • Machine parts within print tolerance
  • Monitoring the cutting conditions during the machining process and adjust feeds and speeds for process improvement
  • Meet target efficiencies for part duration per work order traveler
  • Performs duties independently or with minimum assistance

Required Skills and Abilities for this position:

  • 5 (five) years' experience operating manual lathes (Weiler and Summit lathes, a plus)
  • Ability to apply proper machining techniques and procedures
  • Consistently machine +/- .001" features
  • Indicate diameters on 4 jaw chuck with .002" TIR
  • Machine internal and external angles using compound
  • Ability to calculate surface footage
  • Working knowledge of various cutting tools, insert geometries, modern carbide grades
  • Calculate and apply correct surface footage and feed rates per material and tool types
  • Must be able to read and comprehend work instructions, drawings, and blueprints
  • Moderate working knowledge of GD&T
  • Basic computer skills for time entry and document lookup
  • Basic math skills to interpret drawings

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