Test Technician (Precision Machining) - 2nd Shift



Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 29, 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.



  • Operate production test systems and ensure all areas are operating at rate; including: VNA (Vector Network Analyzer) and precision inspection operations.
  • Operate test systems using graphical and text-based interfaces (written in Bash and Python) running on Linux and Windows operating systems
  • Triage VNA test failures as they relate to dimensional and machining errors
  • Perform first level troubleshooting of test system errors via interpretation of test logs and telemetry
  • Support procedure development and documentation for testing, equipment maintenance, assembly, and anomaly handling.
  • Report findings and trends in VNA failures and Out-Of-Tolerance dimensional inspection reports for further investigation and dispositions.
  • Aid efforts to root-cause equipment failures and develop permanent resolutions for issues found during test operations.
  • Perform dispositions for basic failure modes on nonconforming/failed tests and execute repairs or removals/replacements per said dispositions
  • Perform additional assignments as required by staffing and schedule
  • Perform routine maintenance and calibration of test equipment


  • High school degree or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of experience working in a hands-on technical position or a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field


  • Experience working and administering a mixed Linux/Windows environment
  • Python and/or Bash scripting experience
  • Strong understanding of technical documentation, engineering drawings, and schematics
  • Strong computer and analytical skills including proficiency in spreadsheets, databases, shop floor management software (MES/ERP) and related programs
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and ability to navigate and manipulate files
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills


  • Willing to work all shifts, overtime, and/or weekends as needed. Estimated shift time, 2nd shift: 3 PM - 1:30 AM
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment


Pay range:

Test Technician (Precision Machining)/Level 1: $22.00 - $29.00/hour
Test Technician (Precision Machining)/Level 2: $27.00 - $34.50/hour
Test Technician (Precision Machining)/Level 3: $32.00 - $40.00/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. Non-exempt Washington employees are eligible for sick leave in accordance with Washington's Sick Leave policies.


  • 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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