SpaceX is hiring a

Recovery Technician

Hawthorne, United States

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.

Recovery Technician


  • Stage, set up, assemble/disassemble, test and install/remove flight hardware using precision calibrated tools – torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers
  • Hands-on operations with both large and small, fragile assemblies
  • Read and interpret blueprints and schematics
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions
  • Maintain facility operations including organization, maintenance and safety of facility
  • Collaborate with recovery engineers to develop and document activities
  • Ensure recovery services are performed on time, safely and in a professional manner
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
  • Maintain and repair recovery vessels as required
  • Recover flown hardware to prepare for refurbishment
  • Use various mechanical tools without instruction
  • Maintain accountability and perform maintenance of tools and equipment

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED is required
  • 5+ years of professional experience as a mechanic or technician
  • 3+ years of experience working with and troubleshooting complex mechanical systems
  • 3+ years of experience operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Associates degree
  • Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) or Aerospace Technology certification
  • Prior experience working with launch vehicles or experience supporting recovery efforts
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices
  • Experience operating forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment
  • Able to perform hydrostatic and pneumatic testing
  • Marine experience
  • A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical drawings, manuals and reports
  • Able to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces
  • Must be comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO)
  • Willing to work with hazardous materials (hypergols)
  • Must be able to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand
  • Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet), including the use of ladders
  • Able to operate heavy machinery
  • Willing to operate small support boats in open ocean conditions
  • Must be able to climb up and down stairs regularly throughout the day
  • Must be able lift and handle 35 lbs
  • Able to work in confined spaces
  • Willing to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, wind, open ocean
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • When necessary, must be willing to work long hours and weekends to support launch and critical project timelines
  • Ability to work on offshore vessels for extended durations without access to emergency services normally available on shore
  • Must pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg

ITAR Requirements:

  • 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.


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