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Manufacturing Engineer (Vacuum Furnace Processing)

Manufacturing Engineer (Vacuum Furnace Processing)

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 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 systems that will ferry humans to and from the International Space Station and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon.  You will own the relationship between our development and production teams.  You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in manufacturing and integration on our current and next generation vehicles.


  • Support the production, assembly, and integration of the area products
  • Aggressively drive and implement process improvements to reduce assembly hours and build cost
  • Fully develop and implement future state production systems for all products
  • Create capital/facility justifications for large projects and manage through implementation and runoff
  • Oversee all process functions, document control, and continuous improvement within furnace/heat treat processes as assigned
  • Develop PFMEA’s, control plans, work instructions, and specifications
  • Lead in the development of proper heat treat cycles for new components or material
  • Establishing metrics and data that displays the health of all production parts and equipment
  • Create and maintain maintenance schedules for all related equipment. This Engineer will also assist in the maintenance of the equipment as necessary to keep production at rate
  • Design, analyze, create and test new tooling for all heat treat operations as needed
  • Assist in the design of new components for proper braze joint configurations (DFM)
  • Manage the transition of each related production area from dev processing to full rate production
  • Training technicians on a range of operations including:
    • Assembly
    • Braze and heat treat operations according to spec
    • Set up and operation of hardware in vacuum furnaces and install T/Cs according to spec


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, aerospace, metallurgy, welding, systems or manufacturing engineering
  • 2 years of experience in a heat treat or manufacturing facility, running, maintaining and developing processes/equipment
  • Lean manufacturing training or experience


  • Master's degree in mechanical, aerospace, metallurgy, welding, systems or manufacturing engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in a heat treat facility, running, maintaining and developing processes/equipment
  • Experience with technical review of materials processing and a sound understanding of the interaction between process variables and the resulting microstructure and properties
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience
  • Experience with the development of products from R&D into production
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, error-proofing
  • Knowledge of metallic or composite manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment and other processes such as: machining, welding, drilling, sheet metal forming and stamping
  • Participation in AWS, SAE/AMS, ASME or ASTM committees
  • Design for manufacturability and assembly
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics and mechanics of materials
  • Design and analysis (Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/structural/static loads) experience
  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis
  • CAD experience (NX & Teamcenter a plus)
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) experience


  • 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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