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Pressure Vessel Manufacturing Engineer (Dragon Propulsion)

Pressure Vessel Manufacturing Engineer (Dragon Propulsion)

Propulsion - Engine Design and Development

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.


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 development and production teams.  You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in manufacturing and integration on our current and next generation vehicles.


  • Lead the fabrication, assembly, and testing of Dragon spacecraft pressure vessel products such as propellant tanks, helium tanks, piston tanks, COPVs, and propellant management devices.
  • Manage the transition of parts from development to production.
  • Review and provide input to tank and PMD designs at the conceptual through prototype stage to ensure parts are designed for manufacturability.
  • Drive the manufacturing schedule for pressure vessels and PMDs, which impact design release cadence and manufacturing capacity capabilities. Ensure that all parts are fabricated, assembled, and/or purchased at the correct time to facilitate the build schedules. Interface with production technicians, welders, and inspectors to push hardware to completion.
  • Develop welding processes and procedures. 
  • Develop high pressure testing processes and procedures such as proof, leak, and expulsion testing.
  • Develop production procedures/processes and design assembly tools to enable assembly and testing to meet vehicle production rate requirements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, or welding engineering.
  • 2+ years hands-on fabrication, assembly, and/or testing experience in a manufacturing environment (internship experience can supplement industry experience).


  • Master’s degree in aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, or welding engineering.
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, error-proofing, or lean manufacturing experience.
  • Experience with design for manufacturability and assembly.
  • Experience with fluid schematics, geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T), and NX / Teamcenter CAD.
  • Welding experience: weld joint design, weld joint prep, weld schedule development and qualification, non-destructive examination, weld tooling and setup.
  • Knowledge of metallic pressure vessel manufacturing techniques.
  • Knowledge of Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel (COPV) manufacturing techniques.
  • Knowledge of pressure vessel testing techniques (e.g. proof and burst testing, high pressure plumbing experience).
  • Experience with electron beam, laser, TIG, and/or resistance welding.
  • Tooling design experience.
  • Understanding of test methods/setups and data acquisition systems.
  • Experience generating, reading and interpreting engineering drawings
  • Must be able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers.
  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail.
  • Must have an ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work.


  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends when necessary.


  • 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.

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