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Propulsion Components Technician

Propulsion Components 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.


Join our fast paced R&D group that supports the development of our Dragon spacecraft and Falcon rocket launch vehicles. This is a dynamic position that requires the ability to work on multiple systems simultaneously and troubleshoot anomalies.  


  • Responsible for the staging, installation, set-up, testing and de-staging of production, repair and overhaul of engines.
  • Collaborate with Propulsion Engineers on a daily basis, contributing to build and test aspects.
  • Troubleshoot engines and cell systems.
  • Operate test cell instrumentation and use computer network systems as well as test units as described in the test instructions.
  • Accept or reject test units based on calculated test data and results.
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions.
  • Responsible for cleaning of tools, valves, and regulators.
  • Responsible for maintaining a professional and neat work area.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • 2+ years of experience in mechanical fabrication.


  • 5 years of aerospace or automotive engines experience.
  • Experience in the aerospace or aviation industry, military, or other high-reliability operating environment. 
  • Experience with pressure, temperature, and flow measurement devices, and mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Completed training in the staging, installation, removal and de-staging of propulsion engines.
  • A&P license strongly preferred.
  • Strong basic 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 and make full use of computer network systems.
  • Skill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools.


  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed.
  • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted.


  • 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.

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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