TIG Welder, Raptor Heat Shield



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2022

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.


This TIG Welding position is on our Raptor Heat Shield team. The team is responsible for the construction and assembly of Heat Shield components for the Raptor rocket engine and Starship vehicle.


  • Responsible for welding, assembly, and fabrication of various Heat Shield components.
  • Cut, trim, fit and fabricate metal components to dimensions for building and assembling.
  • Collaborate with leadership to ensure that the proper weld procedure, type of material and rod size are accurately assessed for each welding project.
  • Analyze engineering drawings and specifications to plan welding operations where procedural information is unavailable.
  • Make a continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.
  • Effectively communicate with management/supervisors, engineering staff and planners to achieve build efficiency.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 3+ years of TIG welding.


  • 10+ years of experience in TIG welding with one or more of the following materials: stainless steel, carbon steel, Inconel, aluminum and titanium.
  • Highly proficient in sheet metal cutting, grinding and fabrication.
  • Highly experience in class A welds.
  • Certifications with AWS D17.1 and D1.2.


  • Must be able to work overtime hours and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight spaces.


Pay range:
TIG Welder/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour
TIG Welder/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour
TIG Welder/Level 3: $30.00 - $38.00/hour

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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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