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Build Engineer - Propulsion Systems
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SpaceX | Hawthorne, CA
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Engineer The Future
SpaceX is a U.S.-based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. Founded in 2002, SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up, including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species. Our team is made up of more than 3,000 SpaceXers located across our Hawthorne, California headquarters; and other facilities in Florida, Texas, and Washington, DC.
Advance the course of human history and pave the ways to Mars
This is SpaceX . We are not like most companies. Our goal is to do what has never before been done--enabling mankind to live on other planets. We push the boundaries of what is currently possible, and understand it takes rare individuals to help us make this happen. We celebrate our successes , and each other. We seek future colleagues with a rare mix of drive, passion, scrappiness, intelligence, and curiosity to seek what's beyond the stars.
Playing a direct role in advancing the course of human history is no small endeavor. Join us, and find your place in the SpaceX legacy.

Build Engineer - Propulsion Systems


As a Build Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity on developing novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology. You will work on launch vehicles and spacecraft that will deliver satellites into earth orbit, 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 design and production teams. You will provide input into the design and development of new parts and take a lead role in manufacturing and integration of the part used on our current and next generation vehicles.

Responsible for fabrication, assembly, and testing of Dragon spacecraft propulsion parts, components, assemblies, and/or systems. Work closely with design/development engineers and fabrications shops (internal and external) to get parts built and assembled. Develop manufacturing and testing processes and procedures Create and maintain a build schedule that lists all discrete fabrication and assembly tasks. Ensure that all parts are fabricated or purchased at the correct time to facilitate the build schedule. Participate in tool design and development. Resolve manufacturing discrepancies and interface with the cross functional teams Managing the transition of parts from development to production. Basic Qualifications
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical/Astronautical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Industrial, or Production Engineering. Candidates must have at least 1 year of hands-on fabrication, assembly, and/or testing experience (internship experience can supplement for the required industry experience). Experience with metallic or composite manufacturing techniques, processes, equipment, and other processes such as machining, welding, tube bending, structural assembly, etc. Experience with Unigraphics (UGS) and Teamcenter CAD.
Preferred skills
Understanding of test methods/setups and data acquisition systems. Experience generating, reading and interpreting engineering drawings Experience with Design for Manufacture and Assembly. Experience in a team oriented environment. Must be able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers. Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment. Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail. Must have an ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work
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 Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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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.