Propulsion Components Technician (Raptor Valves)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 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.


The Propulsion Components team develops the most advanced spacecraft and launch vehicle components in the world. Our technicians serve as hardware build and test experts for the flow control devices that drive the critical capabilities on our Starship vehicle - from engine throttling to attitude control. You will build valves, regulators, and actuators for maximum reliability in extreme environments, with temperatures ranging from +900F to -400F and pressures beyond 10,000 psig. As a technician, you will be responsible for maintaining a high standard of build quality, ensure tests are being run correctly and will directly interface with build engineers on the floor. Technicians in this role will be expected to be capable of understanding component functionality to be able to assist in troubleshooting or recognizing potential issues before they occur and helping to update work instructions to reduce possibilities of future errors.


  • Responsible for building and testing valves, regulators and actuators
  • Responsible for maintaining a professional and neat work area
  • Responsible for staging, installing, set-up, testing and de-staging of production hardware
  • Troubleshoot failure modes and provide photo documentation and work directly with engineering to solve problems
  • Accept or reject test units based on calculated test data and results
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions
  • Accurately record daily work completion to report to the lead technician


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of experience working in a mechanical assembly or test role


  • Completed training in the building or testing of propulsion, aviation or automotive hardware
  • A&P license
  • 5S knowledge and experience
  • High attention to detail in order to ensure safety and accuracy of testing procedures
  • Previous interaction and correspondence with support engineers
  • Embodies team mentality; coachable and reliable
  • Experience with pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices, and mechanical and electrical systems
  • 5+ years of aerospace component testing experience
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving, decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team, meet aggressive schedules, operate and understand readouts on standard test instrumentation
  • Ability to make full use of computer network systems
  • High pressure testing knowledge
  • Experience in the aerospace industry


  • Able to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Willing to work overtime and weekends as needed


Pay range:

Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour
Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour
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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