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Sr. Manager, Test Equipment Fabrication

Sr. Manager, Test Equipment Fabrication

Texas Rocket Development & Test - Operations

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.

Sr. Manager, Test Equipment Fabrication

The Texas Test Equipment Fabrication Team is responsible for the fabrication of all test equipment used at the Texas Test Site as well as supporting other SpaceX locations with fabrication activities. This includes over a dozen major test stands and hundreds of tools, fixtures, panels, and components which are vital to the production and development of SpaceX flight hardware. The team is made up of over 100 technicians, engineers, and support personnel and utilizes a wide variety of fabrication techniques, including welding, machining, fluid plumbing, and precision assembly. The team works on systems which contain hazardous fluids, high pressures, and cryogenic propellants and maintains constant support of active test assets.

The leader of this organization is responsible for the overall performance of the fabrication organization and will provide the organization with its mid and long term vision.  The leader must work closely with more than 50 test equipment engineers and with multiple test teams to fabricate, install, activate, and maintain a wide variety of unique test stands and support equipment. This individual will also be responsible for managing the organization's resources, budget, structure and size, capabilities and assets, and processes.


  • Lead a diverse organization of more than 100 technicians and engineers to build and maintain world class rocket development test equipment
  • Develop the strategic vision for the organization
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with engineering teams to support a concurrent design-fabrication process in a results-oriented environment; continuously plan and execute large and small fabrication projects
  • Work closely with the Test Reliability team to design and systemically implement new processes and improvements throughout the organization
  • Build and maintain a high-performing organization; work with the Site Director to establish measureable goals and culturally align the organization to actively pursue these goals
  • Allocate fabrication resources in a transparent and systematic manner to meet site and company objectives, and clearly communicate resource allocation and rationale to the test site
  • Cultivate an attitude of continuous improvement and encourage positive change
  • Provide mentorship and leadership development for leaders within the organization
  • Maintain a positive and healthy work environment and promote a culture of extreme ownership
  • Ensure the team is following all necessary regulations and appropriate SpaceX procedures including quality policies, safety policies, OSHA, EPA, NIOSH, NFPA, ASME, NEC, etc. standards

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • At least 3 years of personnel management and large scale fabrication project leadership experience

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Degree with a major/concentration in a technical discipline, such as engineering, engineering technology
  • Master's Degree
  • Demonstrated ability to take on tough management, business, and engineering challenges.
  • 5+ years of personnel management experience in a technical industry
  • Experience leading a large organization (50+) of both skilled labor and engineers
  • Experience managing a large engineering or construction project
  • Demonstrated ability to solve strategic resource management, logistics, and process problems
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills on both an individual and organizational level; ability to communicate professionally
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in a high-stress environment and results-oriented culture
  • Knowledge of fluid, structural, thermal, and electrical systems – system design, pitfalls, potential hazards, expected operation, etc.
  • Ability to understand and interpret technical manuals, 2D drawings, P&IDs, fluid and electrical schematics and other engineering documentation
  • Understanding of hazardous system design and operation – high pressure, cryogenic, flammable, hypergolic, pyrophoric
  • Understanding of material, concrete, drawing, fluid system, codes and standards (ASME, AISC, ASTM, etc.)
  • Understanding of welding and machining operations
  • Understanding of supply chain operation (material management and material distribution)
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning systems
  • Ability to effectively resolve conflict in a calm and diplomatic manner
  • Intermediate level in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Visio, and Project

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to support and supervise operations outside of normal business hours, when required
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying light weight such as materials or equipment (up to 15 lbs. unassisted)
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Perform work in an environment with exposure to fumes, odors, and noise using appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as the schedule varies depending on site operation needs; flexibility is required

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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