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Manufacturing Engineer (Merlin Thrust Chamber)

Manufacturing Engineer (Merlin Thrust Chamber)

Manufacturing and Production - 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.


As a Manufacturing Engineer 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 systems 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 on our current and next generation vehicles.


  • Support day-to-day production of the Merlin thrust chamber, which includes manufacturing processes such as machining, TIG welding, precision cleaning, NDT, assembly and specialized outsourcing operations
  • Work closely with design engineers, internal machine shops and external vendors to ensure specifications are met
  • Develop production procedures/processes
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies and interface with the quality team
  • When required, lead problem containment and root cause & corrective action investigations
  • Develop tooling to improve quality, delivery or cost performance


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, aerospace, or welding engineering
  • 2 years of professional or internship experience in a manufacturing environment


  • Master's degree in mechanical, aerospace, materials science or welding engineering
  • Experience with the development of products from R&D into production
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, error-proofing
  • Knowledge of metallic or composite manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment and other processes such as: machining, welding, drilling, sheet metal forming and stamping
  • Experience with technical review of materials processing and a sound understanding of the interaction between process variables and the resulting microstructure and properties
  • Design for manufacturability and assembly
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics and mechanics of materials
  • Design and analysis (Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/structural/static loads) experience
  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience.
  • CAD experience (NX & Teamcenter)
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience


  • Position may require long hours and weekend work


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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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