Lead Orbital Tube Welder



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hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2024

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.



  • Promote a healthy working environment for your teammates.
  • Assign technicians and prioritize work before official start of shift based on production schedule and in alignment with the technician skills matrix.
  • Coordinate personnel training and development.
  • Review pass-down, update lead board with pertinent information, and work with your Lead counterpart to tackle any schedule needs or shop improvement projects.
  • Ensure product quality and conformance to specifications.
  • Conduct root cause analysis, and implement corresponding corrective action plans.
  • Maintain area metrics, scheduling tools, and consumable supply inventory.
  • Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing.
  • Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions.
  • Conduct a communication briefing at start of shift with technicians.
  • Prepare your following shift for success.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • Certification from a formal orbital weld training program or 2+ years of OTW experience.
  • 1+ years of experience with welding Stainless Steel, Inconel or Titanium.


  • Experience leading small teams.
  • SpaceX certified Authorized Overseer.
  • Certification from SpaceX Orbital weld training program.
  • Proficient with COPV bottle processing and handling.
  • Proficient with Super Tool OTW and COPV Vacuum purging.
  • Proficient in blueprint reading and lay out.
  • Proficient with computers, the ability to use MS Office, shop floor management software (ERP), and related programs.
  • 1+ years of experience with reading blue prints, interpreting and working from drawings, controlled documentation and processes such as: layout drawings, mechanical drawings, assembly procedures / work instructions; schematics, engineering drawings, and parts list.
  • Demonstrated record of high-performance (rated 4/4 or above in previous review cycles).
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written).


  • Ability to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods – 8 hours.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Ability to perform repetitive assembly operations such as grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying.


Pay range:

Orbital Tube Welder/Level 3: $30.00 - $38.00/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential
Orbital Tube Welder/Level 4: $35.00 - $43.00/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential
Orbital Tube Welder/Level 5: $40.00 - $50.00/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.

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