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Manufacturing Engineer (Dragon Production Development - D1)

Manufacturing Engineer (Dragon Production Development - D1)

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.



  • Develop production work center design including architectural requirements, facility resources, and part flow to meet manifest and multi-product need across production teams
  • Act as a technical resource to research, specify, and procure equipment to meet product build requirements and will initiate asset performance, serviceability, and maintenance strategy across work centers
  • Lead engineering of facility and production ground support equipment systems; maintains, modifies, and implements support equipment and test fixtures based on production/testing requirements
  • Ownership of floor layouts, capacity studies, and product flow analysis to ensure on-time vehicle delivery to manifest
  • Owns specific Dragon production budgets for yearly construction, asset, operational, and tooling expense; develops internal financial plan among production teams to plan and execute capital spend
  • Sets priority and drive agenda on facility projects to meet critical production schedules
  • Implement data acquisition and tracking for environmental, testing, and safety controls
  • Assist production/engineering leadership team to identify trends and opportunities for optimizing product output, quality enhancements, and cost of manufacturability


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical, civil, industrial, industrial systems)
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a manufacturing, construction, or industrial project management role


  • Leadership experience in manufacturing engineering or construction fields as project/product engineer
  • Experience with pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical systems, and cleanroom environments; specific aerospace ground support equipment experience
  • Experience with construction documentation and developing architectural plans
  • Proficient understanding of important manufacturing concepts such as Lean and Six Sigma
  • Heavy interest in developing facility support systems for aerospace production/test
  • Experience with large capital budgeting/project management and financial analysis
  • Creative and passionate approach to addressing challenges, and an enthusiastic, self-motivated attitude that relishes in delivering best-in-class performance
  • Strong computer and analytical skills including proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp/Revit, and Microsoft Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Position may require long hours and weekend work
  • Position will require standing and moving for long periods of time
  • Position requires working with high-pressure pneumatic/hydrostatic systems


  • 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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