Characterization Lab Technician (Materials and Process Lab)



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hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2023

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 is a multi-disciplinary laboratory-based role focused on characterization testing of materials with a broad scope. The team works closely with engineering for evaluation and qualification of materials for use on space vehicles and to perform failure analysis to determine root cause.


  • Support the Materials Characterization Lab though sample preparation and executing testing procedures.
  • Perform operation, calibration, and maintenance, on thermal testing equipment, microscopes, sectioning and polishing equipment, and other miscellaneous tools.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work station.
  • Analysis of data and reporting results to engineering teams.
  • Detailed documentation of testing parameters, equipment setup, and other possible variables.
  • Work with engineering to execute non-standard testing to support launch vehicle and spacecraft hardware design and production


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of hands-on experience in a laboratory setting


  • Ability to learn and retain scientific concepts
  • Understanding of safe work practices in a lab environment with furnaces, saws, solvents, and acids/bases etc.
  • Ability to multitask and rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a fast-paced, challenging, work environment, while following standard operating procedures
  • Some college experience in chemistry, physic, engineering, or material science
  • Strong computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), Atlassian JIRA, and work order systems
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills to work closely with other technicians and engineering groups
  • Ability to read and understand testing specifications
  • Strong organizational skills to keep work area tidy and organize workflow
  • Experience using various types of hand tools and/or power tools


  • Able to work all shifts, overtime, and/or weekends as needed
  • Able to wear appropriate PPE for lab and machine shop environment
  • Must be able 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


Pay range:

Materials Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour

Materials Technician/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour

Materials Technician/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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and 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.

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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