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Lead Quality Inspector

Lead Quality Inspector

Manufacturing and Production - Operations

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 Quality Inspector (2nd Shift)


SpaceX has a strong belief that launch vehicles and spacecraft can be both cost effective and highly reliable.  Our Mission Assurance/Quality team is key to our pursuit of that goal and more specifically our pursuit of manned spaceflight.  The department works in a cross-functional fashion with all other technical teams on a variety of exciting projects and has great exposure to leadership and the organization as a whole.


  • Function as the liaison between employees and management for solving problems or addressing general questions.
  • Coordinate shop floor activity, including daily schedules and work flow with the shop coordinators.
  • Assist team members in understanding work procedures, maintaining work order clocking activities, and ensuring performance standards are met.
  • Assist supervisor in coaching, mentoring and training team members.
  • Ensure that proper procedures are followed by all team members; provide information on specific materials and components required for tooling work orders.
  • Ensure tooling quality and conformance to specifications.
  • Cross train the team on various inspection methods as well as individual shop needs.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • 3 years of precision mechanical inspection experience.
  • 3 years of CMM or ROMER/Faro Arm experience.
  • 3 years of practical experience in a launch vehicle/spacecraft hardware integration environment.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledgeable of sheet metal fabrication process.
  • Experience with the inspection of sheet metal parts.
  • Able to read and interpret various mechanical drawings and blueprints.
  • Ability to utilize hand tools for inspection, i.e. micrometers, calipers, scales, gauges and height gauges.
  • Able to multi-task between production checks and FAIs.
  • Aerospace precision inspection experience.
  • ISO 9001 / AS9100 experience.
  • Experience with GD&T.
  • CMM experience with PC-DMIS software.
  • NC inspection experience with PC-DMIS NC/ CAPPS NC
  • Romer Arm experience with Verisurf/ PCDMIS software.
  • Solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • DCC (Direct Computer Control) experience.
  • Statistical process controls experience a plus.
  • Ability to detect design and drawing flaws.
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specification using ASME Y14.5. GD&T and skillful use of metrology tools and gauges.
    • Example: Thread gauge, profilometer, height gauge, calipers, micrometers, etc.

Additional Requirements:

  • Able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted.
  • Able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum.
  • Able to work all shift hours and able to work 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 

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