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Composites Build Engineer (Dragon)

Composites Build Engineer (Dragon)

Structures - Mechanical 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 spacecraft that will deliver cargo to the International Space Station, ferry humans to and from the International Space Station, and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon. You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in development and integration on our current and next generation vehicles.


  • Cross-functional coordination between engineering and production disciplines to refine build and test sequences at the major assembly level.
  • Conceptualize, test, and implement processes for new products.
  • Influence design, analysis, and production teams with regard to design for manufacturing/test and/or lessons learned in order to simplify production processes.
  • Resolve non-conformances and identify root cause.


  • Bachelor's degree in material science, mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering.
  • 1 year of experience in a composites production environment (or professional internship experience).


  • Master's degree in material science, mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. 
  • Experience with advanced composites (carbon-carbon, silicon-carbide) or carbon/ceramic fibers in a high-volume manufacturing environment.
  • Familiarity with mechanical/avionics, test and quality processes in a manufacturing environment.


  • Must be able 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.

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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