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Lead Propulsion Technician

Lead Propulsion Technician

Manufacturing and Production - Technicians and Trade Skills

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 Propulsion Technician
Candidates should possess a combination of solid mechanical knowledge, hands-on experience and the willingness and ability to learn. The Lead Propulsion Production technician is responsible for leading a crew of technicians for the assembly and testing of rocket hardware.  A dynamic position that requires the flexibility to work on different systems, the ability to troubleshoot anomalies, and can work autonomously to defined schedules while keeping safety and quality at the forefront of everything that is done.


  • Ensure all resources are assigned prior to official start of shift, with technicians allocated & aligned per the skill matrix.
  • Job Hazard Assessments written on a weekly basis.
  • Review pass-down and update lead board with pertinent information.
  • Monitor consumable usage.
  • Ensuring all technicians are clocked into production work orders and working to the defined process time.
  • Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions.
  • Working to the defined takt.  
  • Communication briefing at start of shift with technicians.
  • Schedule risk identification and mitigation.
  • Troubleshoot engines and cell systems.
  • Assist with the development of production processes for first time production yield.
  • Performs work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience working on aircraft or rocket engines


  • Complete training in the staging, installation, removal and de-staging of Propulsion engines.
  • A & P license strongly desired.
  • 5 years of aerospace engines experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems; Propulsion engines.
  • Strong mathematical, strong computer, problem solving and decision-making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team, meet aggressive schedules, operate and understand readouts on standard cell instrumentation: CRT screens, Daytronics & Vibration Analyzer, and make full use of computer network systems.


  • Must be open to work all shifts, overtime and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to lift a min. of 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.


  • 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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