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Manufacturing Engineer - Launch Vehicle Integration

Manufacturing Engineer - Launch Vehicle Integration

Manufacturing and Production - Engineering

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 Development 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. Manufacturing Development Engineers are responsible for the integration of the launch vehicle’s internal assembly. You will have the opportunity to enable increased throughput of existing lines and develop manufacturing methods for new products.


  • Develop and execute build and test procedures for the integration and test of flight hardware and ground support equipment
  • Responsible for vehicle integration build flow and test concept of operations
  • Evaluate proposed designs for manufacturability and integration into the launch vehicle
  • Interface with engineers and technicians to advance to larger scale manufacturing and automation
  • Develop and refine manufacturing assembly procedures based on lessons learned to mature status
  • Responsible for enabling day-to-day execution of the vehicle integration and test flow
  • Manage work orders and driving non-conformances into actionable items and system improvements


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical/electrical/aerospace engineering or physics
  • 2+ years of collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience, such as Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Design Build Fly Team or 2+ years of industry product design/development experience

 PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:                             

  • Experience with build integration and testing of structure, fluid and/or propulsion systems
  • Experience with hardware test methodologies including pressure proof testing, leak checking and nondestructive evaluation (NDE)
  • Experience with project management
  • Masters of Science in mechanical/chemical/aerospace engineering
  • Experience writing test plans, procedures and providing go/no-go judgment
  • Experience in a production environment within the aerospace industry


  • This is a hands-on position that may require standing for up to 4 hours a day and working directly with hardware on the floor
  • Must be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing
  • Position may require long hours and weekend work


  • 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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