Machine Operator (Fabrication & Weld Shop) - Launch Hardware



Other Engineering
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 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.


This position will be responsible for critical operations supporting launch and fabrication activities with customers spanning the entire organization. Candidate will join a team responsible for initial fabrication operations for structural applications such as waterjet, plasma cutting, shape cutting, sawing, wheel abrading, drilling, tapping and others as needed.


  • Operate a variety of fabrication machinery as required to meet production goals
  • Measure and cut raw structural shapes to length
  • Waterjet and plasma operations to prepare components for weld, machine, and paint operations
  • Read, understand, and execute work instructions and engineering blueprints
  • Learn and operate various computer programs and manufacturing software packages
  • Follow process parameters and report up errors and improvements
  • Perform work to the safety standards set forth by SpaceX leadership
  • Maintain machinery to manufacturer’s standards
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area
  • Self-motivated and able to complete projects within tight deadlines
  • Complete communication loops regarding all job responsibilities


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of professional experience with fabrication machinery
  • 2+ years of experience with CNC plasma or Waterjet operation


  • Experience in any of the following software: NX, Flow waterjet software suite, Hypertherm, Rotary Tube, MasterCam, ProNest
  • Experience with 5-axis waterjet
  • Experience with 5-axis plasma
  • 5+ years of experience in related fabrication field
  • Ability to read and interpret manufacturing blueprints
  • Strong material handling skills including forklift and bridge crane operation
  • Familiarity with industrial machine maintenance
  • Experience with Flow waterjets, plasma tables, large vertical bandsaws, wheel Abraders, shape cutters, brake presses, or other similar equipment
  • Experience with industrial hand tools such as grinders, saws, and drills
  • Blueprint reading, GD&T interpretation skill, and precision measurement and inspection experience
  • Ability to perform under pressure
  • Demonstrates commitment to mission success through hard work, perseverance, and deliverable results
  • Applies lessons learned from past mistakes to future problems
  • Rapidly responds to iterative, experimental process changes
  • Seeks out consensus while maintaining independent self-starter attitude
  • Demonstrates ability to provide and act on received feedback


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas, hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • Occasional travel to other sites as needed
  • Ability to lift heavy objects up to 35 lbs. unassisted
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work at elevated heights
  • Ability to work in extreme environments – heat, cold, rain, fumes, odors, and noise
  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends, as needed


Pay range:

Machine Operator/Level 1: $20.00 - $24.50/hour
Machine Operator/Level 2: $23.00 - $29.00/hour
Machine Operator/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 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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