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Valves Factory Machining Process Engineer

Valves Factory Machining Process Engineer

Manufacturing and Production - 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.

Valves Factory Machining Process Engineer

SpaceX is seeking an engineer to assist in the development and operation of a cutting edge machining facility for high-precision launch vehicle and spacecraft fluid components. The facility will create in-house manufacturing of core SpaceX technology. This individual will be responsible for partnering with all aspects of our development teams to ensure that we have capability to quickly turn around high-quality, high-precision components for uses in our launch vehicles and spacecraft programs.


  • Develop machining capability in-house for the SpaceX Valve Factory and deliver high-quality precision piece parts to valve factory assembly area
  • Maintain close feedback loop with downstream operations to ensure product success and rapid iterations
  • Identify, recommend, procure, and install machine shop equipment as well as ensure all equipment is thoroughly maintained and calibrated
  • Responsible for cost optimization and cost reduction initiatives associated with fabrication and processes
  • Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing and fabrication methodologies and techniques.
  • Recommend and implement improvements and/or modifications in sequence of operations and equipment utilization
  • Collaborate with headquarters’ machine shop facilities for specialist capabilities and develop outside resources to address capacity and scheduling issues as necessary

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • 2+ years of experience in high-precision prototyping or machine shop

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in the field of precision machining
  • Experience setting up and operating state of the art machining equipment
  • Well versed in standard machine shop manufacturing processes and set ups
  • Experience operating CNC, Conventional lathe and Mill machines, and other machine shop equipment used to manufacture high-precision parts
  • Demonstrated proficiency in CNC programming (lathes and mills)
  • Well versed in GD&T and inspection procedures
  • Highly experienced with variety of precision conventional and advance metrology systems (Photogrammetry, CMMs, 3D imaging)

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends
  • Must be willing to travel for short and extended trips
  • Must be able to do repetitive assembly operations, such as grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs unassisted


  • 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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