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Launch Quality Inspector

Launch Quality Inspector

Manufacturing and Production - Quality Assurance

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.


Our quality inspectors are responsible for being the last line of defense in assuring mission success. You will perform in-process inspections and verify that all key performance and design characteristics are met or exceeded during test preparation and acceptance testing. You will be working hands on with the most cutting edge rocket technology currently available and will be part of history.


  • Perform in process, and final inspection on Structures and Propulsion major subassemblies, including mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic parts, components, and sub-assemblies.
  • Inspect, verify, and proactively support Structures and Propulsion development and acceptance testing; assuring adherence to design, specification, and testing requirements.
  • Document production and test anomalies in accordance with prescribed procedures and process as required.
  • Communicate and help resolve quality related issues as they relate to the site and other SpaceX locations i.e. launch site, production, and manufacturing.
  • Process non-conforming product.
  • Routinely observe technical operations and offer guidance and/or serve as an additional technical resource.
  • Determine manufacturing compliance to NASA and customer, as well as internal, specifications to meet launch and mission requirements.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.


  • High school diploma.
  • Minimum of 2 years of inspection experience in an aerospace environment.


  • Associates degree or higher in quality, engineering, or related field.
  • Military experience.
  • FAA Airframe and Powerplant license.
  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance principles, methods, and processes.
  • Knowledge of Avionics and electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of aerospace propulsion and principles.
  • Knowledge of aerospace structures.
  • Knowledge of ground support equipment systems and general associated equipment.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in aerospace standards and its general practices.
  • Intermediate level skill with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook).
  • Intermediate level skill with Windows operating systems.


  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas; flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity.
  • Acute attention to detail and critical thinking.
  • Possess a positive “can do” attitude and be willing to assist anyone at anytime.
  • Willingness to work overtime when required. 


  • 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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