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Manufacturing Engineer (Dragon Spacecraft Mechanisms)

Manufacturing Engineer (Dragon Spacecraft Mechanisms)

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 Engineer (Dragon Spacecraft Mechanisms)


  • Lead the production, assembly, and integration of spacecraft structural mechanisms
  • Develop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to full rate production.
  • Influence new product designs with Design for Manufacturability and Assembly feedback
  • Implement design changes, process improvements, and build flow changes to existing products to reduce assembly/fabrication hours and build cost
  • Create and maintain project lifecycle roadmaps from first article production through sustainment
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies, while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication and assembly)
  • Conceptualize and develop tooling, fixturing, and shop aides to enhance production processes
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams through root cause analysis process to resolve mechanism performance anomalies during functional/performance testing and integration

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of science degree in aerospace, manufacturing or mechanical engineering
  • 2 years of manufacturing, fabrication, assembly or testing experience (internship experience can supplement for the required industry experience)

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master of science degree in aerospace, manufacturing or mechanical engineering
  • Experience with spacecraft or aircraft structural assemblies
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, Error-Proofing.
  • Experience with Unigraphics (UGS) and Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems
  • Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment, and other processes such as: machining, welding, drilling, sheet metal forming
  • Understanding of data acquisition systems (National Instruments hardware, LabView programming)

Additional Requirements:

  • Position may require long hours and weekend work
  • Must be team orientated and be involved with the shop floor

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.

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