Transport Technician (Falcon)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Friday, October 20, 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.



  • Coordinates and safely transports flight modules from origin to destination
  • Is responsible for the entire transport crew and support staff during transit and hand-off operations, including accompanying SpaceX personnel (logistics technicians, tiller operators, spotters) and outside contracted vendors (truck drivers, pole cars, private escorts)
  • Reviews all transportation documentation prior to departure to ensure transport strategy is in proper order for flight vehicle transport (permits, height checklist, pre/post trip); prepares contingency plans to mitigate risk
  • Travels with the assigned flight module at all times (Hawthorne, CA to McGregor, TX; Hawthorne, CA to Cape Canaveral, FL; Hawthorne, CA to Vandenberg, CA; McGregor, TX to Cape Canaveral, FL; and McGregor, TX to Vandenberg, CA)
  • Provides input and recommendations in compliance with DOT/CFR regulations to logistics and manufacturing for development and improvements to new and existing transport hardware
  • Evaluates in-transit risks, and provides on-site solutions such as routing, repairs, escorts and/or drivers to alleviate risks
  • Utilizes master production schedule to coordinate resources ensuring teams and transport hardware/equipment is available
  • Oversees the accurate compilation and recording of pre, daily, and post trip inspections, security meetings, permit/route reviews, and procedural adherence
  • Develops, documents, and coordinates work instructions with logistics management teams to ensure efficient packaging of flight vehicles, modules, and equipment is maintained
  • Creates and maintains reports, presentations, and metrics as required to add value to organization and company development
  • Manages the development and implementation of annual and long-term objectives for logistic activities, and participates in the development of these objectives
  • Makes recommendations to logistics management to improve the health, timing, and safety of all movements
  • Communicates with internal teams and suppliers
  • Continuously generates ideas to improve our systems and processes


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience working with load transport and inventory processes
  • 1+ years of hands-on experience with preparing loads, rigging, and packaging


  • Knowledge and experience in transport equipment (tractor and trailer) design/maintenance
  • Knowledge of DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations and CFR (Code of Federal regulations)
  • Experience with scheduling and production work instructions to manufacture hardware
  • Advanced skills with MS Office Suite
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience working in a challenging and fast pace environment


  • Must be available to work all shifts, overtime, and weekends as needed based on operational needs; flexibility required
  • Must be available to travel 25-50% of the time
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


Pay range:
Transport Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $23.00/hour
Transport Technician/Level 2: $22.50 - $27.00/hour
Transport Technician/Level 3: $25.00 - $30.00/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.