SpaceX is hiring a

Manufacturing Engineer(Tooling)

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 Engineer – Tooling



As a Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology.  You will work on launch vehicles and spacecraft that will deliver satellites into earth orbit, ferry humans to and from the international space station, and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon.  You will own the relationship between our engineering and fabrication teams.  You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing tooling and take a lead role in manufacturing those products and implementing them on our current and next generation vehicles.


  • Manage the build and delivery of production and R&D tooling
  • Work with tool designers to optimize manufacturability
  • Interpret technical documents (2D drawings) from engineering and manufacturing, and envision potential sequence and methods of manufacture
  • Create, revise, and maintain planning documents to produce parts and components which conform to design configuration and specifications
  • Create cost estimates for requested parts, and submit for approval
  • Provide project management to ensure work plan execution for both internal and outsourced builds, beginning from releasing work orders through delivery to customer
  • Create plans to meet departmental metrics of 100% right first time, and 95% on-time delivery to customer
  • Request raw materials and hardware from purchasing directly from blue prints as applicable. Work with purchasing to release purchase orders for outside services and fully outsourced work
  • Interface with engineering, quality, manufacturing and procurement in resolving any hold factors inhibiting the release of plans and completion of parts
  • Work with shop personnel to ensure work instructions are accurate and comprehensible. Resolve discrepancies arising from incorrect paperwork or other related problems
  • Work with suppliers to ensure on-time delivery and quality of outsourced parts
  • Provide weekly updates to management on on-time delivery, work load and task assignments. Work with management to assist in resolving problems and developing methods and techniques for assured department capability


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering
  • Minimum of 2 years of engineering experience in a manufacturing OR construction environment


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • Experience with complex parts utilizing multi-axis milling and turning technology
  • Strong assembly and metal processing background, i.e. Heat-Treating, Thread-Rolling, Grinding, Cold-Forming
  • Strong understanding of NC programming, CMM programming, and PLC programming
  • Mechanical component and/or tooling design and analysis (3D CAD-based)
  • Knowledge of mechanical testing, i.e. Tensile Testing, Shear Testing, Fatigue Testing
  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience


Additional Requirements:

  • Must be open to working 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.