Lead Manufacturing Engineering Development Technician



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 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.


The engineering technician will be a hands-on liaison with engineering, helping to carry out ideas from concept to reality. A strong background in composites, manufacturing, R&D, and qualification testing is desired.


  • Assign and prioritize work based on production schedule.
  • Schedule risk identification and mitigation.
  • Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions.
  • Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement.
  • Run root cause analysis and the implementation of corresponding corrective action plans.
  • Maintain area metrics in addition to tooling and consumable supply inventory.
  • Document non-conformances and associated rework, and quickly return non-conforming product back into normal workflow.
  • Perform verifications and document results independently in a clear, precise and complete manner.
  • Assist with transitioning product from engineering development and initial production to full rate production.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 5+ years of composites experience.
  • 1+ years of experience utilizing composites repair techniques such as bonded hardware removal and/or scarf repairs.


  • 2+ years of experience working at SpaceX.
  • Proficient in hand layup and vacuum bagging.
  • Proficient in preparing specimens for testing and/or performing testing.
  • Able to interpret engineering drawings.
  • Experience using power tools for cutting or drilling composites or metals.
  • Proficient using measurement tools such as calipers.
  • Experience performing composite coupon, sub-assembly, and assembly testing (proof, ultimate, strain, physical properties, chemical properties).
  • Experience preparing for and performing qualification tests.
  • Experience working with engineers or scientists in a development environment.
  • Experience using a microscope to evaluate specimens.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience assembling composite and composite/metallic structures including setup, bonding and fastener installation.


  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working in tight spaces.
  • Must be able to move repetitively, bend or twist, and use hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, over time, and weekends as needed.
  • Must be willing to travel up to 25%.


Pay range:

Level 4: $38.00 - $48.00/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential
Level 5: $43.00 - $57.00/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential

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.

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.