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Mfg Engineering Development Technician (Composites R&D)

Mfg Engineering Development Technician (Composites R&D)

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.

Manufacturing Engineering Development Technicians (Composites)

The engineering technician will be a hands-on liaison with engineering, helping to carry out ideas from concept to reality. A strong background in composites, manufacturing, R&D, and qualification testing is desired.


  • The Engineering Development Technician will be responsible for hand layup, vacuum bagging, operating ovens and other equipment.
  • The technician will brainstorm with engineers and working with new materials. Work will include drilling, trimming, de-burring, grinding, operating a band saw, operating a mill, operating a lathe, operating saws and grinders, operating test equipment, polishing specimens for microscopy, using a microscope to evaluate specimens, lifting heavy objects, performing bonding.
  • The engineering technician must be independent, reliable, and flexible, able to accommodate for various engineering and production demands.
  • The technician will be tasked with creating basic work instructions using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and documenting work with pictures.
  • The position requires strong hands-on aptitude, as well as high attention to detail, ability to see and communicate detailed observations, and ability to solve problems.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3 years of composite materials experience.
  • Experience operating a CNC machine.
  • High school diploma/GED or equivalent.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Proficient in hand layup and vacuum bagging.
  • Proficient in preparing specimens for testing and/or performing testing.
  • Able to interpret engineering drawings.
  • Experience using power tools for cutting or drilling composites or metals.
  • Proficient using measurement tools such as calipers.
  • Experience performing composite coupon, sub-assembly, and assembly testing (proof, ultimate, strain, physical properties, chemical properties).
  • Experience preparing for and performing qualification tests.
  • Experience working with engineers or scientists in a development environment.
  • Experience using a microscope to evaluate specimens.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience assembling composite and composite/metallic structures including setup, bonding and fastener installation.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb on a ladder to reach shelved items.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods - 8 hours min.
  • Must be willing to work all shifts and overtimes 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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