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Manager, Manufacturing Engineering (Dragon 2 Fluid Systems)

Manager, Manufacturing Engineering (Dragon 2 Fluid Systems)

Manufacturing and Production - Leadership

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.


As the Manufacturing Engineering Manager of Dragon Fluid Systems at SpaceX, you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology.  You will work on spacecraft that will ferry humans to and from the International Space Station and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon.  You will own the relationship between our development and production teams.  You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in manufacturing and integration of our current and next-generation vehicles.  


  • Manage and lead a team of 20+ engineers. Responsible products will include propulsion, thermal control system, and life support systems.
  • Act as technical decision maker and advisor to team on manufacturing techniques such as precision hardware installation and integration, proof and leak testing, orbital tube welding, and electron beam welding.
  • Lead team in production readiness for full rate takt and drive large-scale process improvements to rapidly achieve this. Incorporate manufacturing and production metrics to measure and then optimize productivity in all areas.
  • Act as a forcing function for excellence and aggressively focus on cost reduction in every element of the production process within the area.
  • Drive new process development and process qualification to produce space flight quality products and facilitate new product introduction in a high paced, aggressive environment.
  • Drive production floor layout and process flow improvement to ensure new processes are introduced effectively and the production volumes can be achieved.
  • Work closely with development and design engineers, internal machine shops, and external vendors to make parts that are designed for manufacturability, reliability, source-ability, etc. to improve the product and reduce the engineering hours per vehicle.


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline.
  • 3+ years of experience in a high-tech manufacturing environment.
  • Hands-on experience with fluid and/or gas handling systems and testing.
  • Experience with process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, error-proofing, and/or lean manufacturing.
  • Experience with taking products from research and development into production.
  • Experience leading a team of engineers.


  • 3+ years’ experience in a leadership role in a manufacturing environment and with taking products from development into production.
  • Technically well-rounded and displays a proficiency in the basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, mechanics, materials, and electrical circuits.
  • Experience with instrumentation and data acquisition, including familiarity with LabVIEW software.
  • Demonstrated exceptional achievements at SpaceX and/or previous companies to rapidly improve production through process improvements while focusing on product reliability and mission success.


  • Must be able to work all required hours and shifts, 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.

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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