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

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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


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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