You are here

Mechanical Engineer, Sustaining (Avionics Manufacturing)

Mechanical Engineer, Sustaining (Avionics Manufacturing)

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.


Our Avionics group works to design, analyze, qualify, manufacture, test, and integrate all the electronic hardware and software for our F9 and Dragon vehicles. The Avionics Manufacturing Engineering Team is specifically responsible for developing and supporting the production process of all Avionics assemblies. They are also responsible for design for manufacturing (DFM), production yield and efficiency improvements, and tooling design.  This role will work with design and manufacturing teams across the entire Avionics system to drive component and tooling design improvements in the areas of standardization, manufacturability, quality, and cost.


  • Design and drawing updates for manufacturability, quality, and cost
  • Mechanical root cause analysis
  • In process damage assessments, including analysis of dropped parts, scratches and dings, thermal overstress
  • Tolerance stack up analysis
  • Drawing updates to latest standard notes, standard process or best practice
  • Process improvements, including sequence changes
  • Tooling design, updates, improvements, introduction
  • Troubleshoot production issues during vehicle integration, testing, and launch campaigns


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering 
  • At least 3 years of project experience working as a mechanical engineer designing complex components and assemblies
  • Candidates must have modeling experience with 3D parametric CAD software


  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering and/or strong project experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in manufacturing
  • Knowledge of threaded fastener joint design
  • Unigraphics experience
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal


  • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • 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.

Job Location