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Manufacturing Development Engineer (Metallic Structures Assembly)

Manufacturing Development Engineer (Metallic Structures 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.



  • Lead the production, assembly, and integration of 3D printed components and welded components
  • Develop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high flow rate production
  • Implement process improvements to reduce assembly hours and build cost. Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency
  • Create and maintain build schedules that list all discrete fabrication and assembly tasks
  • Ensure that all parts are fabricated, assembled, and/or purchased at the correct time to facilitate the build schedules
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies, while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication, and assembly)
  • Execute changes to avoid issue recurrence


  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace, manufacturing, mechanical, or industrial engineering
  • • Candidates must have at least 2 years of hands-on manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, and/or testing experience (internship experience can supplement for the required industry experience)


  • Master's degree in aerospace, manufacturing, mechanical or industrial engineering
  • Experience with spacecraft and/or aircraft structural assemblies
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, Error-Proofing. Six Sigma/Lean experience is a plus
  • Experience with Design for Manufacture and Assembly
  • Experience with Unigraphics (UGS) and Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems is desired
  • Knowledge of metallic or composite manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment, and other processes such as: machining, welding, drilling, sheet metal forming, and stamping


  • Position may require long hours and weekend work


  • 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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