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Lead Propulsion Technician

Lead Propulsion Technician

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.

Lead Propulsion Technician 

  • Candidates should possess a combination of solid mechanical knowledge, hands-on experience and the willingness and ability to learn. The Lead Propulsion Technician is responsible for leading a crew of technicians for the assembly and testing of rocket hardware. A dynamic position that requires the flexibility to work on different systems, the ability to troubleshoot anomalies, and can work autonomously to defined schedules while keeping safety and quality at the forefront of everything that is done


  • Ensure all resources are assigned prior to official start of shift, with technicians allocated & aligned per the skill matrix
  • Job hazard assessments written on a weekly basis
  • Review pass-down and update lead board with pertinent information
  • Monitor consumables usage
  • Ensure all technicians are clocked into production work orders and working to the defined process time
  • Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions
  • Communication briefing at start of shift with technicians
  • Schedule risk identification and mitigation
  • Troubleshoot engines and cell systems
  • Assist with the development of production processes for first time production yield
  • Performs work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 4 years of experience working on aircraft or rocket engines

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Complete training in the staging, installation, removal and de-staging of propulsion engines
  • Experience working at SpaceX
  • Experience with precision tube fabrication
  • Experience TIG and/or Orbital Tube welding
  • A & P license preferred
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices
  • Strong background in working with complex mechanical and electrical systems
  • Understand readouts on standard cell instrumentation; CRT screens, Daytronics, vibration analyzers

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs unassisted
  • Must be willing to travel
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces 
  • Must be willing to work 1st shift (5:00am-3:30pm) or 2nd shift (3:30pm- 2:00am)
  • 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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