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Lead Manufacturing Engineer - Dragon Composites

Lead Manufacturing Engineer - Dragon Composites

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.

Lead Manufacturing Engineer – Dragon Composites

As a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology. You will work on composite products that will ferry humans to and from the International Space Station and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon. You will own the relationship between our development and production teams. You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in manufacturing and integration on our current and next generation launch vehicles.


  • Lead a team in the manufacture, assembly and integration of carbon fiber composite structures
  • Lead a team in devising new approaches and executing to resolve unusual or complex manufacturing problems through initial design concept, design for manufacturability (DFM), new product introduction (NPI), and production rate readiness. Coordinate and influence other engineering functions, production teams, and external suppliers
  • Lead, enable, coach, and mentor a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, planners, specialists, and interns to develop new skills, bolster existing skills, remove production blockers, and lead improvement initiatives
  • Aggressively drive and implement process and product improvements to reduce defects, assembly hours, and build cost
  • Create capital/facility justifications for large projects and manage through implementation and runoff
  • Oversee all process functions, document control and continuous improvement within composite processes as required
  • This includes assisting and developing control plans, work instructions, specifications, nonconformance dispositions, root cause and corrective action, etc

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, materials, aerospace, chemical, or manufacturing engineering
  • 3 years of experience in an automotive, aviation or spacecraft manufacturing environment
  • 3 years of experience in a composites production role

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master of Science degree in mechanical, materials, aerospace, chemical, or manufacturing engineering
  • Experience with advanced composites (carbon-carbon, silicon-carbide) or carbon/ceramic fibers lamination, curing, pressing, drilling/routing, bonding, and testing
  • Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment and other processes such as: machining, welding, drilling, sheet metal forming and stamping
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, error-proofing
  • Experience with technical review of materials processing and a sound understanding of the interaction between process variables and the resulting microstructure and properties
  • Lean manufacturing training or experience
  • Design for manufacturability and assembly
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of materials, chemistry, and engineering
  • Design and analysis (Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/structural/static loads) experience
  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis
  • Experience with Fibersim
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience
  • CAD experience (NX & Teamcenter a plus)
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) experience

Additional Requirements:

  • Position may require long hours and weekend work
  • Some travel may be 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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