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Paint Technician (2nd shift)

Paint Technician (2nd shift)

Manufacturing and Production - Technicians and Trade Skills

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.

Paint Technician


  • Safely perform preparation, painting, and detailing of the rocket under minimal supervision. Coordinate with supervision and Inspection to ensure compliance with internal quality specifications.
  • Follow standard operating procedures when using tools and equipment such as dual action sanders, hydraulic lift platforms and paint sprayers. Properly care for and maintain shop equipment and tools.
  • Follow standard operating procedures when using sealants, paint strippers and corrosion-preventive chemicals and use protective equipment as required.
  • Comply with safety rules and procedures and be alert for unsafe conditions. Address unsafe conditions before putting people or property at risk.
  • Assist in defining and enforcing compliance with Paint Shop standard work practices.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Experience working with solvent-based paints.
  • Experience painting car bodies, aircraft, or truck bodies.
  • Experience using advanced paint processes and products (lacquers, enamels, epoxies, urethanes, solvent-based, and acrylics). 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 4 years of experience in related paint processes highly desired.
  • Familiar with aviation industry.
  • Experience applying sealant. 
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and engineering documentation.
  • Use of gravity fed, pressure pot, and airless type spray equipment.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must be willing to travel. Up to 5%.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces. 
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, 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 Department at (310) 363-6000.

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