SpaceX is hiring a

Propulsion Technician (Close Out 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.

Propulsion Technician


  • Stage, set up, assemble, test and install flight hardware.
  • Use of mechanical tools and precision calibrated tools – torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers.
  • Hands-on operations with both large as well as small, fragile assemblies.
  • Reading and interpreting blue prints.
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions.
  • Collaborate with production engineers to develop and document activities.
  • Ensure all production services are performed on time, safely and in a professional manner.
  • Responsible for cleaning of tools, valves, regulators etc. Responsible for maintaining a professional and neat work area.
  • Performs work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of propulsion component hardware installation experience or at least 2 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Some experience in the aerospace industry, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environment preferred.
  • Complete training in the staging, installation, removal and de-staging of propulsion engines.
  • A&P license strongly desired.
  • 5 years or more of aerospace engines experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems; propulsion engines.
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to use precision measuring instruments.
  • Skill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterity.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.
  • Must be willing to travel. 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces. 
  • Must be willing to work 1st Shift (5:00am-3:30pm) or 2nd Shift (3:30pm- 2:00am), overtime and weekends as needed.

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.

Other jobs at SpaceX