Paint Technician (Dragon)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 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.



  • Safely prepare, paint, and detail the spacecraft under minimal supervision.
  • Follow standard operating procedures when using tools and equipment such as dual action sanders, hydraulic lift platforms, and paint sprayers.
  • Properly maintain shop equipment and tools.
  • Follow standard operating procedures when using sealants, paint strippers, and corrosion-preventive chemicals.
  • Comply with safety procedures and address unsafe conditions before putting people or property at risk.
  • Enforce compliance with paint shop standard work practices.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 1+ years of experience in paint processes.


  • 4+ years of experience working with solvent-based paints with car bodies, aircraft, or truck bodies.
  • Experience using advanced paint processes and products (lacquers, enamels, epoxies, urethanes, solvent-based, and acrylics).
  • Familiarity with aviation industry.
  • Experience applying sealant.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and engineering documentation.
  • Experience using gravity fed, pressure pot, and airless type spray equipment.


  • Must be able to work all first shift hours (from 5am), overtime, and/or weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working in tight spaces.


Pay range:
Paint Technician /Level 1: $20.00 - $24.50/hour
Paint Technician /Level 2: $23.00 - $29.00/hour
Paint Technician /Level 3: $27.00 - $35.00/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.