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Propulsion Technician (F9 Structures Assembly)

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 – F9 Structures Assembly

This Propulsion Technician will be supporting the Dragon Components Assembly & Test efforts. The responsibilities entail preparing test stands using flow meters, pressure gauges, pressure transducers, torque sensors, dynameters, regulators, meeting valves, variable speed drives, variable frequency drives, power panels and equipment. The team will build components for up to 6 spacecraft per year, combining crewed and cargo spacecraft.


  • Responsible for cleaning of tools, valves, regulators etc. Responsible for maintaining a professional and neat work area.
  • Responsible for staging, installing, set-up, testing and de-staging of production, repair and overhaul engines.
  • Troubleshoot engines and cell systems.
  • Operate test cell instrumentation and uses computer network systems, as well as test units as described in the Test Instruction.
  • Accept or reject test units based on calculated test data and results.
  • Performs work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of high school diploma or GED required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working on Aircraft or Rocket engines.
  • Must have assembly experience.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Complete training in the staging, installation, removal and de-staging of Propulsion engines.
  • A & P license strongly desired.
  • Experience with pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices, and mechanical and electrical systems.
  • 5 years of aerospace engines experience is a plus.
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team, meet aggressive schedules, operate and understand readouts on standard cell instrumentation: CRT screens, Daytronics & amp; Vibration Analyzer, and make full use of computer network systems.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed.
  • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted.

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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