Pressure Vessel Specialist



Texas, USA
Posted on Sunday, July 9, 2023

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  • Ensure compliance with SpaceX quality specification for pressure vessel fabrication, repairs, and alterations by performing recurring audits
  • Perform internal and external inspections to determine if a vessel meets the acceptance criteria of ASME Section VIII Division 1 and applicable ASME/NBIC documents
  • Compile and submit data of acceptance or rejection of inspections, as well as for inter-office communications, for jurisdictional requirements for vessel certification and registration to NBIC
  • Verify the compliance of materials with the applicable specifications and ensure they meet ASME Section VIII and Section II requirements
  • Oversee, coordinate with the AI, and approve pressure vessel repair activities. Also, Recommend and approve repairs as well as perform visual inspection of work in progress and completed work
  • Confirm and approve adequate documentation of fabrication and inspection activities and ensure they meet the requirements of ASME Section VIII Division 1
  • Interpret, review, and approve engineering drawings and calculations as required. Also, review and approve applicable NDE techniques for compliance to ASME Section V and Section VIII
  • Conduct vendor surveillance audits of welding and inspection for pressure vessel work prior to shipment to SpaceX facility
  • Develop our vendor base and work with engineering/supply chain to establish preferred vendors to work with
  • Be the engineering liaison from a GSE inspection perspective – develop new specs/practices as appropriate to ensure the appropriate rigor is applied across GSE hardware


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of experience working on pressure vessels
  • 5+ years of experience as current American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
  • NBIC IS/R or API certification
  • Experience as a technical trainer and/or experience leading vendor audits


  • Extensive knowledge of ASME Section V, VIII Division 1 and 2, and API 510
  • Working knowledge of surface and subsurface NDE methodologies
  • NDE qualifications in MT, VT, UT, and PAUT
  • Senior CWI


  • Travel up to 75% of the time
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted, bend stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist
  • Willingness to work overtime hours and weekends when needed to meet critical deadlines
  • Ability to pass Space Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


Pay range:
Pressure Vessel Specialist: $110,000.00 - $140,000.00/per year

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.

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