SpaceX is hiring a

Manufacturing Development Engineer

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.


Manufacturing Development Engineer 


This engineer will specialize in the fabrication of precision bent, cleaned and welded tube assemblies for launch vehicle propulsion. Various sizes and material types of tube assemblies are used to transport working fluids such as helium and liquid oxygen around the rocket. These assemblies are manufactured adjacent to the launch vehicle and this person will be an integral part of that workcenter.



  • Support day-to-day production of welded tube assemblies and high pressure testing.
  • Developing solutions for in-process manufacturing issues in the areas of end finishing, orbital tube welding and proof/leak testing.
  • Develop tooling to improve capability, quality, delivery / cost performance.
  • Work on methods of scrap reduction including proposed design changes, machinery and instructions.
  • Develop new processes for pressure control, weld prep and automated testing to increase the quality of various tube materials, sizes and geometries.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace, mechanical, systems or manufacturing engineering.
  • 2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment (internship/co-op experience included).
  • Lean manufacturing knowledge or experience.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master of Science in aerospace, mechanical, systems or manufacturing engineering.
  • Design for manufacturability and assembly.
  • Knowledge of principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics and mechanics of materials.
  • Design and analysis (Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/structural/static loads) experience.
  • Knowledge in automated test systems for pressure and leak testing using instrumentation such as flow meters, pressure transducers and thermocouples.
  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis.
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience. Experience performing PFMEAs.
  • Experience using LabVIEW.
  • CAD experience.
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience.


Additional Requirements:

  • This is a hands-on position that requires one to be on their feet for up to 4+ hours a day. Will sometimes be working directly with the hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing. 
  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as necessary.


 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.


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