Manufacturing and Production - EngineeringSpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabli

Manufacturing Engineer (Subassemblies)

SpaceX • 
Hawthorne, California, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Manufacturing and Production - Engineering

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


As a Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology. You will work on hardware that will deliver satellites into earth orbit, ferry humans to and from the international space station, and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond Earth and the moon. You will own the relationship between our Production and Design Engineering teams. You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in developing manufacturing and test processes on our current and next generation vehicles.


  • Responsible for overseeing the build and test process for the pneumatic, hydraulic and structural subassemblies of the Falcon Launch Vehicle

  • Develop, qualify, and refine manufacturing processes to bring products from prototype to high-volume production

  • Work with design engineers to evaluate designs for manufacturability and test requirements, then implement in a rapidly-evolving production environment

  • Define and create first-of-their-kind standards and practices within industry, driving SpaceX to the forefront of aerospace hardware manufacturability

  • Interface with other engineers, subject matter experts, and technicians to solve large-scale production challenges

  • Ideate and implement tooling and test solutions, enabling high quality build of SpaceX hardware

  • Quickly resolve non-conformances and work with the Quality team to implement root cause corrective actions

  • Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to the meet volume production demand

Job Requirements:
achelor's degree in Mechanical/Chemical/Aerospace Engineering
  • 2+ years of collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience, such as Lab Project work, Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Design Build Fly team OR 2+ years of industry product design/development experience


    • Experience with the build and test of pneumatic, hydraulic, and structural assemblies

    • Experience with test equipment (pumps, valves, heaters, instrumentation, data acquisition, and automation)

    • Experience with scientific computer science languages (Python, Matlab, or similar)

    • Mechanical component and/or tooling design and analysis (3D computer-aided design)

    • Master's degree in mechanical/chemical/aerospace engineering

    • Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, and equipment related to machining, welding, drilling, and automation

    • Experience with process development from RND to high-volume manufacturing

    • Experience writing work instructions and procedures for critical aerospace parts

    • Experience in a production environment within the aerospace industry


    • Position may require long hours and weekends


    • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

    SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

    Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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