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Quality Specialist - Launch Vehicle Subassemblies

Quality Specialist - Launch Vehicle Subassemblies

Manufacturing and Production - Quality Assurance

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.



  • Conduct detailed in-process and final inspections to launch vehicle sub-assemblies, using detailed drawings, CAD models, and established processes to verify conformance to design requirements
  • Review and approve specifications and build documentation for completeness, accuracy, regulatory compliance, and quality objectives
  • Develop, maintain, and take actions to improve quality metrics such as first pass yield, non-conformance trends, and quality escapes
  • Work closely with technicians, inspectors, manufacturing engineers, and production management to identify and lead continuous improvement initiatives
  • Use statistical tools such as Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), Design of Experiments (DOE), and Statistical Process Control (SPC) to support steering production processes
  • Assess existing processes and support continual improvement initiatives
  • Collaborate across disciplines to ensure efficiency and consistency across the organization
  • Support the Material Review Board (MRB) process by managing non-conformance's, evaluating their root cause, and implementing corrective and preventive action, using tools such as 5 Why, 8D, fishbone, and others
  • Support the corrective action process and guide corrective action teams in development of corrective action plans, implement permanent solutions, and participate in evaluation of effectiveness
  • Identify, document, and resolve production and test anomalies in accordance with prescribed procedures and pursue corrective action as required
  • Support quality management system policies and procedure documentation, assess compliance to company and industry standards, initiate and lead continual improvement and lean manufacturing initiatives
  • Additional projects and tasks assigned as required


  • Bachelor's degree in a mechanical, manufacturing, industrial, or aerospace engineering field or at least 2 years of experience in quality, inspection or manufacturing role via internships, outside the classroom extracurricular activities or professional industry experience


  • 3 years of experience reading and interpreting design drawings and CAD models
  • Dedicated to adopting a Lean approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability
  • Ability to identify and maintain priorities for tasks and projects
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment, both independently and with a team
  • Strong communication and technical skills
  • Proactive, self-motivated, driven, and committed to a team approach
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience with AS 9100, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 13485, or similar quality management system
  • Practical experience with GD&T and skillful use of metrology tools and gages
  • Knowledge of quality tools such as lean principles, six sigma, root cause analysis and corrective action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), control plans, and various problem solving approaches
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis tools such as Design of Experiments (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and Minitab (or similar)
  • Ability to work independently with a strong work ethic, be innovative, detail oriented, possess initiative, be positive, and be people oriented
  • A&P Licensed


  • Must be able to work all required shift hours, overtime and weekends, as needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted, lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Ability to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum, travel for short trips as needed, stoop, bend, crawl, and able to maneuver in tight spaces


  • 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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