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Manufacturing Engineer (Dragon Structures)
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SpaceX | Hawthorne, CA
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Job Description

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.

Manufacturing Engineer - Dragon Structures

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 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 on our current and next generation vehicles.


* Lead the production, assembly, and integration of the Dragon structural assemblies including pressure vessel weldment, thermal protection system, trunk mechanical assembly and structural mechanisms.
* Develop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high flow rate production.
* Implement process improvements to reduce assembly hours and build cost. Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency.
* Create and maintain build schedules that list all discrete fabrication and assembly tasks.
* Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies, while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication and assembly).

Basic Qualifications:

* Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace, manufacturing or mechanical engineering.
* 2 years of manufacturing, fabrication, assembly or testing experience (internship experience can supplement for the required industry experience).

Preferred Qualifications:

* Master of Science degree in aerospace, manufacturing or mechanical engineering.
* Experience with spacecraft or aircraft structural assemblies.
* Process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, Error-Proofing.
* Experience with Unigraphics (UGS) and Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems.
* Knowledge of metallic or composite manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment, and other processes such as: machining, welding, drilling, sheet metal forming, and stamping.

Additional Requirements:

* Must be available to work long hours and weekends as needed.

ITAR Requirements:

* 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.

About SpaceX

SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles and spacecraft intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 vehicles, SpaceX offers highly reliable/cost-efficient launch capabilities for spacecraft insertion into any orbital altitude and inclination. Starting in 2010, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will provide Earth-to-LEO transport of pressurized and unpressurized cargo, including resupply to the International Space Station (ISS). Founded in 2002, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund and DFJ. The SpaceX team now numbers nearly 800, with corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, California.