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Additive Manufacturing Engineer

Additive Manufacturing Engineer

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 beyond Earth.


The Additive Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for design, development, and testing of all facets of the additive process with a focus on machines, software, part design and analysis, and additive techniques.


  • Be an active contributor within a team of engineers who perform the design, development and testing of all facets of the additive process using powder-bed and powder-fed approaches
  • Generate optimized build files to produce high quality parts in minimum time with maximum consistency
  • Work with other engineers to help refine the design of existing parts and optimize new parts to leverage additive technology
  • Work with Materials Engineers to investigate properties, geometric accuracy, and surface finish results to develop optimal print parameters, heat treatments, and design allowables for existing and new alloys
  • Work interdisciplinary trades on processes that result in optimal additive part production
  • Work with new machines from installation through troubleshooting, calibration, and maintenance, while developing standard operating procedures and communicating with machine suppliers to address needs and problems
  • After hardware is produced, communicate results and feedback to Responsible Engineers to continuously develop and improve hardware production
  • Produce reports, procedures, and manuals to document results to mature development processes for production


  • Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical, astronautical, mechanical engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience in propulsion component design or development of metallic additive technologies


  • Master’s degree in aeronautical, astronautical, or mechanical engineering
  • Experience with operating additive machines, including parameter development and process control
  • Experience with additive simulation software
  • Experience with topology optimization software
  • Knowledge of various additive and subtractive manufacturing and joining techniques for metals
  • Solid understanding of optics and lasers
  • Knowledge of relevant aerospace design and test specifications, such as SMC-S-016, NASA-STD-5009, AIAA-S-080, and NASA-STD-5017
  • Familiarity with common engineering materials properties (strength, life, thermal, fluid compatibility etc.) and processing attributes particularly for titanium or nickel-based alloys
  • Experience with detailed design and operation of propulsion fluid components (e.g. valves)
  • Experience with setting up and running multifactorial design of experiments (DOE’s)
  • Ability to perform trade studies using first principles and engineering fundamentals
  • Proficient in basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, mechanics, materials, and electrical circuits
  • Experience with FEMAP, ANSYS, and similar structural analysis software tools
  • Hands-on experience with aerospace component or fluid system testing, including pressure, hot-fire, and environmental testing
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to succinctly present recommendations
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment


  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • 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.

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