Propulsion Technician, Raptor Chamber and Nozzle Assembly



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, May 2, 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.


Candidates should possess a combination of solid mechanical knowledge, hands-on experience and the willingness and ability to learn. The propulsion technician is responsible for assembly and testing of rocket hardware, associated sub-assemblies. This is a dynamic position that requires the flexibility to work on different systems, the ability to troubleshoot anomalies, and the ability to work autonomously on defined schedules while keeping safety and quality at the forefront of everything that is done.


  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions
  • Operate machinery such as DAVI roll former, automated tig welding machine, hydro-forming sheet metal
  • un automated machines for surface preparation or thermal barrier coating applications
  • Clean, prepare and assemble various main combustion chamber assemblies and sub-assembly pieces for Electron Beam (EB) welding, Laser Welding, Tig Welding, or brazing
  • Read and interpret technical drawings, and follow detailed work instructions
  • Use precision calibrated tools – torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
  • Operate forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment
  • Perform blending, filing and shearing of sheet metal piece parts
  • Clean tools, valves, regulators and maintain a professional and neat work area
  • Stage, install, set-up, test and de-tool Thrust Chamber Assemblies and subassemblies
  • Troubleshoot engines and cell systems
  • Operate test cell instrumentation, and use computer network systems, as well as test units as described in the test instructions
  • Accept or reject test units based on calculated test data and results
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience in a manufacturing, military, aerospace or automotive environment


  • 1+ years of experience with pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems; and/or propulsion engines
  • Experience staging, installing, removing and de-staging propulsion engines
  • A&P license
  • 2+ years of experience working on aircraft or rocket engines
  • 5+ years of aerospace engines experience
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision-making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team to meet aggressive schedules
  • Ability to operate and understand readouts on automated asset user interfaces and hydrostatic proof booth


  • Able to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min
  • Able to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight space


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.

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.