SpaceX is hiring a

Lead Welder (2nd shift)

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.

Lead Tig Welder

  • Welding assembly and fabrication on various medium to large scale structures and assemblies.
  • Oversee day to day team needs (i.e. parts, tools, consumables).
  • Monitor and implement area safety requirements and improvements.
  • Train personnel on proper procedures and develop skills of team members.
  • Set and accomplish daily production goals in accordance with overall department delivery goals.
  • Effectively communicate with engineering staff and planners to achieve build efficiency.
  • Identify and task team members appropriately to their skill level.
  • Modification, repair, assembly, and installation of the rocket and spacecraft.
  • Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing.
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous materials in approved manner.

Basic Qualifications:
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience working within the subassembly team within SpaceX.
  • Minimum of 3 or more years of experience with TIG welding.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience welding aluminum.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Proficient in plasma cutting as well as oxyacetylene cutting.
  • Robotics Welding experience a plus.
  • Must pass visual exam per AWS D17.1.
  • Experience with AWS D17.1 and D1.2 preferred.
  • Experience in overhead cranes & Forklifts preferred.
  • High-volume manufacturing experience is a plus.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, including: Powerpoint, Word and Excel.
  • Must have experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, blueprints, and specifications.

Additional Requirements:
  • Must be able to work 2nd Shift (4:00pm-2:30am)
  • Must be able to work overtime hours and weekends, as needed.
  • Must be able to lift a min. of 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Ability to travel to different sites, as needed.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and be 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.

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.