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Sr. Materials Engineer - Composites

Sr. Materials Engineer - Composites

Materials 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.


  • Create and monitor critical processes for composites used in F9 and Dragon, including primary structures, COPVs, adhesive joints, and piece parts
  • Develop new processes, materials, and required training for use in prepreg systems, resin filming, resin transfer molding, AFP/ATL, and other automated techniques
  • Develop processes to flow down to vehicle elements and subsystems
  • Participate in development of associated tests, specifications, plans, drawings, and other products required to support design, verification, and certification
  • Lead material allowables development test programs
  • Manufacture of specimens
  • Transport of specimens
  • Material procurement
  • Test procurement
  • Cross-functional coordination between engineering and production disciplines


  • Bachelor’s degree in materials science, physics, chemical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 4+ years of hands-on experience working with structural/aerospace composites


  • PhD in material science or materials engineering
  • Coursework in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, or composite processing/manufacturing
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of composite processing and material development
  • Knowledge of composite structural analysis
  • Experience with ASTM standards for testing of composites
  • Synthetic chemistry experience, specifically organic resin synthesis and scale up
  • Computer aided design experience using NX, Catia, or other 3D modeling software
  • Possess and maintain awareness of state-of-the-art technology advancements in the field of composites
  • Able to rapidly work and learn with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams
  • Hands-on experience in a high-production manufacturing environment
  • Experience with technical review of materials processing and a sound understanding of the interaction between process variables and the resulting material performance
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, fast-paced, and highly competitive environment
  • Personality and drive to execute in a scrappy entrepreneurial environment that operates under tight timelines and aggressive schedules
  • Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Capable of interacting with and conveying concepts within all levels of our organization
  • Strong academic foundation coupled with hands on experience


  • 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.  

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