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Lead Manufacturing Engineer - Launch Vehicle Subassemblies


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Lead Manufacturing Engineer - Launch Vehicle Subassemblies | SpaceX

Lead Manufacturing Engineer - Launch Vehicle Subassemblies

Lead Manufacturing Engineer - Launch Vehicle Subassemblies

Manufacturing and Production - Engineering

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.

Falcon Lead Manufacturing Engineer – Launch Vehicle Subassemblies


As a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology.  You will work on launch vehicles that will ferry humans to and from the International Space Station and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon.  You will own the relationship between our development and production teams.  You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in manufacturing and integration on our current and next generation launch vehicles. 


  • Lead a team in the production, assembly and integration of the area products.
  • Oversee all process functions, document control and continuous improvement.
  • Aggressively drive and implement process improvements to reduce assembly hours and build cost.
  • Fully develop and implement future state production systems for all products.
  • Create capital/facility justifications for large projects and manage through implementation and runoff.
  • Set goals and objectives for team members for the achievement of operational results.
  • Ensure policies, practices and procedures are understood and followed.
  • Coach and support professional development of direct reports.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Welding or Industrial engineering from ABET accredited institution.
  • 2+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • 1+ years of experience leading teams of 3+ individuals either as a project leader OR as direct reports.
  • Lean manufacturing training or experience.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master of Science degree in mechanical, aerospace, welding, systems or manufacturing engineering.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics and mechanics of materials.
  • Design and analysis (Finite Element Analysis (FEA)/structural/static loads) experience.
  • Experience in process development, value stream layout, PFMEA, and Error-Proofing.
  • Experience with Unigraphics and Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems for component and tooling design.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes for metallic aerospace materials.
  • Expertise transitioning products from prototype manufacturing through volume production including Design for Manufacture and Assembly.
  • Previous experience working at SpaceX including interships.

Additional Requirements:

  • This is a hands-on position that requires one to be on their feet for up to 4+ hours a day.
  • Will sometimes be working directly with the hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing.
  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as necessary.

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about 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.

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