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Machinist

Machinist

Rocket Launch Facility - Vandenberg

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.

MACHINIST

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support metalworking projects from planning and fabrication through assembly, inspection, and testing, using knowledge of machine functions, metal properties and mathematics
  • Machine precision fixtures, tools and products from drawings, in accordance with established procedures, with limited supervision
  • Drill, ream, bore precision holes for bolting/doweling details and use micro drills to machine orifice diameters ranging from .007”-.060”
  • Set up machines to precise tolerances and operation of conventional mill and lathe machinery
  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, and engineering information in order to determine methods and sequences of operations needed to fabricate products, and determine product dimensions and tolerances, machine parts to specifications using machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, or grinders
  • Measure, examine, and test completed units in order to detect defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments such as micrometers
  • Set up and operate metalworking and cutting equipment; monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process
  • Maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures
  • Clean and lubricate machines, tools, and equipment in order to remove grease, rust, stains, and foreign matter
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments such as micrometers and calipers
  • Maintain inventory of common stock materials
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent GED
  • 5+ years of experience in manual machining

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 10+ years of machining experience
  • Ability to read, interpret, and create blueprints and schematics
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Previous experience in shop math, tooling technology, and measurement of parts
  • Previous experience operating lathes, shapers, milling machines, drill presses, and other related equipment

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, and lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively
  • Technical understanding of all equipment used and the ability to learn how to run launch operations and procedures
  • Ability to work 50 hour work weeks and overtime as needed; the team's schedule varies depending on site operational needs

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the 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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