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Manufacturing Engineer Structures

Company name
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation

Hawthorne, CA
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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.


Lead the production, assembly, and integration of the Dragon Structural Assemblies including pressure vessel weldment, thermal protection system, trunk mechanical assembly, and structural mechanisms

Develop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high flow rate production

Implement process improvements to reduce assembly hours and build cost. Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency

Create and maintain build schedules that list all discrete fabrication and assembly tasks

Ensure that all parts are fabricated, assembled, and/or purchased at the correct time to facilitate the build schedules

Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies, while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication, and assembly)

Execute changes to avoid issue recurrence


Bachelor's degree in aerospace, manufacturing, mechanical, or industrial engineering

• Candidates must have at least 2 years of hands-on manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, and/or testing experience (internship experience can supplement for the required industry experience)


Master's degree in aerospace, manufacturing, mechanical or industrial engineering

Experience with spacecraft and/or aircraft structural assemblies

Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, Error-Proofing. Six Sigma/Lean experience is a plus

Experience with Design for Manufacture and Assembly

Experience with Unigraphics (UGS) and Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems is desired

Knowledge of metallic or composite manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment, and other processes such as: machining, welding, drilling, sheet metal forming, and stamping


Position may require long hours and weekend work


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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.

Job Location

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Company Profile
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

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