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Manufacturing Engineer - Falcon Machining

$55k – $105k AngelList Est.
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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.



- Responsible for overseeing the build and inspection process for the fabrication of formed and machined structures for the Falcon Launch Vehicle
- Develop, qualify, and implement large-scale manufacturing process improvements to bring products from an early prototype phase to high-volume production
- Work with design engineers to evaluate designs for manufacturability and implementation in a rapidly-evolving production environment
- Interface with other engineers, subject matter experts, and technicians to solve large-scale production challenges
- 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


- Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical, or Material Science Engineering
- 2+ years of industry product design/development experience OR 2+ years of collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience, such as Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Design Build Fly team


- Experience with the fabrication of large metallic structures
- Master's degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical, or Material Science Engineering
- Experience programming and operating CNC milling and turning centers
- Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, and equipment related to machining, welding, drilling, and automation
- Mechanical component and/or tooling design and analysis (3D computer-aided design)
- Experience with non-destructive evaluation methods (PAUT, ET, and PT)
- 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


- This is a hands-on position that may require standing for up to 4 hours a day and working directly with hardware on the floor
- Must be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing
- Position may require long hours and weekend work


- 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.

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Revolutionizing space technology

SpaceX focuses on Manufacturing, Transportation, Aerospace, and Space Travel. Their company has offices in Washington, Hawthorne, Lompoc, McGregor, and Beale Air Force Base. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees. To date, SpaceX has raised $1.2B of funding; their latest round was closed on January 2015.

You can view their website at http://www.spacex.com