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Foundry Operations Engineer

Foundry Operations Engineer

Materials Engineering

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.


The Foundry Operations Engineer will be responsible for the safe, efficient operation of a vacuum casting facility. Oversee the hiring and growth of a production team, and work closely with engineering and design teams to manage schedule, quality, and cost. Run a characterization lab, drive continuous improvements, new technology adoption, alloy and component research, as well as development support. 


  • Ensure safe, repeatable operation of a vacuum investment casting facility
  • Lead and manage a foundry and laboratory staff 
  • Develop and implement training and growth plans for operators and technicians
  • Manage a budget and develop cost strategies that support an efficient development environment
  • Work with design engineers and tooling engineers to move products from design to production
  • Lead technician and engineering teams in gathering meaningful process data to develop improved processes
  • Work with quality engineers to reduce defects and maintain high yield rates
  • Coordinate, plan, and execute to satisfy development and production requirements
  • Identify and mitigate risks


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 5 years of professional experience with investment casting operations
  • 5 years of professional experience in a management role


  • Experience with titanium and super alloy investment casting manufacturing processes including pattern making, die design, shelling, process control, product design standards, and quality systems
  • Strong knowledge of casting solidification science and casting defect formation mechanisms
  • Experience with foundry and laboratory controls
  • Demonstrated project execution skills
  • Knowledge of AS9100 quality requirements
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and approach


  • 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.



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