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Manufacturing Development Engineer (Dragon Structural Assembly)

Manufacturing Development Engineer (Dragon Structural Assembly)

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.

Manufacturing Development Engineer (Dragon Structural Assembly)


  • Coordinate design, production, integration, and test teams to define, improve, and deliver fabrication, assembly, and test sequences of launch vehicle assemblies
  • Implement new designs and changes to flight hardware, rapidly developing and qualifying new processes to take products from prototype to high-volume production
  • Resolve manufacturing discrepancies and interface with the quality team to implement efficient corrective actions
  • Design for manufacturing during design development and improvement cycles
  • Identify and eliminate process waste, streamline the production process and enable continuous improvement
  • Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to the meet volume production demand

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical/electrical/aerospace engineering or Physics
  • 2+ years of collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience, such as Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Design Build Fly Team, OR 2+ years of industry product design/development experience

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 1+ years of experience in design and manufacturing of mechanical assemblies
  • Mechanical component and/or tooling design and analysis (3D CAD-based)
  • Expertise in design for manufacturability and design for assembly: successfully taking products from prototype to high-volume production
  • Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, and equipment related to: machining, welding, drilling, and automation

Additional Requirements:

  • This is a hands-on position that requires one to be on their feet for up to 4+ hours a day. Will sometimes be working directly with the hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing
  • Position may require long hours and weekend work

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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