Blue Origin announces ‘hiring blitz’ at Alabama rocket engine plant

Blue Origin announces ‘hiring blitz’ at Alabama rocket engine plant

A big display on the side of Blue Origin’s massive rocket engine plant in Huntsville, Ala., shows the company’s goal – a return to the moon – and the city that is powering the trip: Huntsville.

By Lee Roop | [email protected] |

Blue Origin has announced a hiring blitz this week seeking skilled machinists and welders to begin building the reusable rocket engines it erected a giant plant to produce in Alabama.

The company wants to hire “more than 80 skilled machinists and welders in Huntsville, Alabama, who are passionate about the company’s mission to lower the cost of access to space,” a company news release said. “We aim to fill these roles within two months to support continued company growth.”

The statement urged machinists and laser weld technicians to apply online and said Blue Origin will interview candidates at the Huntsville plan in Cummings Research Park Thursday and Friday of this week. Interested applicants should go to and use #HuntsvilleJobFair to search the open machinist and welder positions in Huntsville.

The company said it “offers competitive financial remuneration, full medical, 401k, 4 weeks of PTO, and relocation packages for qualified applicants.” It is specifically seeking “experienced CNC machinists and laser weld technicians.”

The Blue Origin plant opened in Huntsville in 2020 to produce both the company’s BE-4 and BE-3U engines. The engines will undergo testing at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on the historic Test Stand 4670. The plant opened a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of American industry.

This is the rocket engine that Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, is spending $200 million dollars to build a plant to produce in Huntsville, Ala. The BE-4 (Blue Engine 4) will lift Blue Origin’s own New Glenn rocket and United Launch Alliance’s new Vulcan rocket.