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Lead Closeout and Propulsion Integration Technician – Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle

Lead Closeout and Propulsion Integration Technician – Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle

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.


The Lead Closeout and Propulsion Integration Technician is responsible for executing closeout of the fuel and LOx tanks on the first stage launch vehicle, as well as the propulsion integration work scope in cadence with the F9 production system. The Lead will train the precision clean closeout and prop integration technicians on appropriate techniques, tools, verification processes, and specifications to effectively contribute to the broader team’s quality and delivery objectives. This role allows for direct impact to production success and opportunities to engage with all aspects of the organization.


  • Coordinate shop floor activity, including daily schedules and workflow
  • Contain nonconformance issues including documentation of associated work
  • Support and train a team of ~10 technicians
  • Review work instructions and make change recommendations when needed
  • Develop and implement efficiency improvement projects
  • Modification, repair, assembly, and installation of certain components on the rocket
  • Apply sealant, alodine, primer, adhesives and other special finishes
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous materials in approved manner


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


  • 3 years of structural assembly or propulsion integration experience
  • Able to perform work assignments according to written work instructions
  • Experience gained through the military or within an aviation manufacturing company is a plus
  • Experience leading a team of 3 or more technicians in a manufacturing production environment
  • High-volume manufacturing experience is a plus
  • Experience with drilling, reaming, hone and countersinking straight and close tolerance holes
  • Experience using various types of hand tools and/or hand-held power tools, floor-mounted power tools and precision measuring tools on structures materials
  • Experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, blueprints, and specifications preferred


  • Must be able to climb ladders and stairs and work in small restricted areas
  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs. unassisted
  • Must be available to work all shifts, weekends, and overtime 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


  • 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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