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Senior R&D Machinist

Modern Electron

Modern Electron

Woodinville, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024

Senior R&D Machinist
Modern Hydrogen
Woodinville, WA - Full Time – Onsite

Modern Hydrogen has an immediate opening for a 2nd shift Senior R&D Machinist to support the Engineering team. The machinist’s goal is to operate machines and produce complex production and prototype parts to high-tolerance design specifications in an accurate and timely manner. In this role, you will produce prototype parts spanning basic designs to complex assemblies. You will work closely with an interdisciplinary and collaborative team of fabricators, designers, technicians, engineers, and scientists.

This is an onsite role. The Senior R&D Machinist will be required to work on-site in our facility in Woodinville, WA 5 days per week and attend quarterly company events in the Seattle area. These events are geared towards fostering connections between colleagues, building a strong team, and having fun together. Typical working hours are 12:00pm – 8:30pm Monday – Friday, which includes a 30-minute unpaid lunch. Overtime may occasionally be required for this role.

Modern Hydrogen is a Seattle-based cleantech startup. We decarbonize natural gas into clean hydrogen at the point of use. With $100MM in venture capital raised from world-renowned investors including Bill Gates to support our vision, we are seeking best-in-class talent to accelerate our impact. The race to decarbonize the planet is on, and our technology has enormous potential to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors of the economy.


  • Machine high quality, precision parts and tooling in a variety of materials (e.g. 304/316 SS, Nickel 200, Copper 101, superalloy/refractory materials)

  • Handle material from rough stock to finished parts

  • Set up and operate conversational equipment (ProtoTrak Lathe and Mill)

  • Set up and operate a CNC lathe and mill

  • Design and fabricate custom tools and fixtures

  • Study drawings, schematics, engineering information, or sample parts to determine product dimensions and tolerances as well as best method and sequence of operations needed to fabricate parts

  • Assist engineers and designers with design activities and make suggestions relating to machining and fabrication of parts and assemblies

  • Help maintain shop equipment, inventory, and supplies

  • Train coworkers on machine shop equipment and safety procedures

  • Assist in other work areas, including but not limited to performing and assisting with test setup and equipment assembly

  • Examine machines and mechanical equipment to diagnose any sources of trouble

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Hands-on experience with the operation of manual or ProtoTRAK machines

  • Experience with CAM Software and programing parts

  • Understanding and experience with reading imperial and metric dimensions and tolerances, including GD&T

  • Experience using outside and inside micrometers, vernier calipers, and vernier height and depth gauges

  • Understanding of how to select and prepare appropriate tools, machines, and materials to be used for machining work in both soft materials (e.g., plastic, copper, aluminum, etc.) as well as superalloy/refractory materials (e.g., Molybdenum, Tungsten, Inconel, etc.)

  • Experience designing alignment and holding fixtures, 3 and 4-jaw chucks, attachments, and materials onto machines

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and solution orientation

  • Impeccable written and verbal communication

  • Ability and enthusiasm to work as part of a highly collaborative, dynamic, and diverse team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint), as well as chat and teleconferencing applications (e.g. Teams, Slack)


  • High school education or equivalent

  • 6-10 years of experience as a prototype machinist in a commercial environment

  • Experience with metrology tools such as gauges, calipers, and micrometers


  • Vocational Technical Training

  • Experience working in a startup environment

  • Experience using and maintaining CNC machines and TRAK mill/lathe

  • Knowledge of multi-axis CNC milling and turning

  • Experience with modern CAM software (Autodesk-Fusion 360, MasterCAM, or similar)

  • Experience machining refractory metals


Modern Hydrogen is proud to offer a comprehensive total compensation package designed to support our employees & their families and promote health & wellness.

  • Pay range is $30.00 - $50.00/hour.

  • Relocation assistance for those moving from out of state.

  • Ownership of the company in the form of incentive stock options.

  • Retirement matching through Vanguard’s SIMPLE IRA with elective 3% employer match.

  • Company paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance ($100,000), and AD&D for employees. 50% covered for dependents.

  • Optional access to our flexible spending account and additional voluntary life buy-up.

  • Generous PTO: ten days of vacation per year (accrual rate increases with every year of tenure), sick leave, two personal days per year (prorated upon hire), eight paid holidays per year, three to five days of bereavement leave per instance, five days per year for jury duty.

  • 8 paid holidays.

  • Flexible working schedules.

  • Parental leave to welcome a new family member.

  • Annual professional development budget.

  • Employee assistance program which includes wellness planning, estate planning, financial counseling and more.

  • Dog-friendly office, fully stocked breakroom, engaging company events, and friendly and fun team!

Exact salary may vary depending on job location, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, education, training, certifications/licenses, and other business needs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.