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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.


  • Update designs and drawings for manufacturability, quality, and cost
  • Define test plans and execute process and product qualifications
  • Design and validate production tooling
  • Perform troubleshooting, non-conformance resolution and lead electro-mechanical root cause analysis
  • Develop acceptability criteria and standards for common processes
  • Establish design for manufacturing/assembly guidelines
  • Perform tolerance stack up analysis
  • Drive process improves to improve yield and reduce labor


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, aerospace engineering or equivalent engineering/science degree
  • 1 year of mechanical engineering experience designing complex components and assemblies via internships, labs, outside classroom extracurricular activities or professional industry experience
  • 1 year of experience with 3D parametric CAD software


  • 3 years of project experience designing complex mechanical components and assemblies
  • 3 years of experience with 3D parametric CAD software; experience with Unigraphics NX
  • Comprehensive knowledge of GD&T
  • Design experience with threaded fastener joints, complex mechanical stackups, mechanically isolated systems and harsh end use environment electro-mechanical systems
  • Demonstrated ability to design complex assembly jigs and fixturing
  • Demonstrated excellence in a production manufacturing environment
  • Hands-on engineering experience with a passion for continuous improvement
  • Six Sigma Belt certification
  • Basic competency with SQL databases
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • 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, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the 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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