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


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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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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Assembly Tech

The ideal candidate for the position of Assembly Tech will add value to NKW's success by providing support in the flow of the assembly shop processes, coupled with assembling products in compliance with company and customer standards and specifications.

Primary Responsibilities of this position:

  • Transfer tools, parts, equipment and supplies to and from workstations within the assembly shop department
  • Assemble products using spot welder, adhesives, and specialized tooling
  • Thermal test products/units following written procedures and established practices
  • Mark/stencil parts per drawing or procedure
  • Set-up and prepare oven(s) for heat treat, degrease and outgas
  • Meet target efficiencies for task duration per work order traveler
  • Perform complex leak checks on multi-piece assemblies
  • Basic Blue Print reading
  • Perform some duties independently or with minimum assistance
  • Strong attention to detail - ability to articulate details
  • Act as a team player that will work closely with others in a demanding fast-paced environment to meet frequently changing production schedules
  • Patience to perform precise tasks in repetitive operations and multi-task
  • High school diploma or equivalent, required
  • Manufacturing or mechanical environment, a plus

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