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Apprentice Tube Bender

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.

Apprentice Tube Bender


  • The Tube Bender on the Propulsion Assembly team is responsible for all manufacturing and fabrication procedures for complex tube assemblies. These tube assemblies will go on to support the production of our Merlin 1D Rocket Engine.


  • Set-up and operation of CNC rotary draw bending machines while conforming to Aerospace tolerances.
  • Ensure all tube assemblies meet strict quality and compliance standards

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience with metal fabrication
  • Experience tube bending aerospace parts

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Certificate from a metal fabrication school
  • Experience working with Inconel, Titanium, Aluminum and Stainless Steel tubes
  • Set up, operation and troubleshooting expiring on Pine or Eaton Leonard; tube bending machines
  • Well versed in manufacture of complex aerospace tube assemblies

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed
  • Must be able to lift a min. of 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces

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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