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.
As the Lead Manufacturing Engineer for Formed Structures 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 encompassing spin forming, heat treating, and machining of aerospace materials for tanks and nozzles, and assembly of machined components into major structural assemblies. 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 and provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware, taking a lead role in manufacturing and integration on our current and next-generation launch vehicles.
Lead a team of manufacturing engineers and technical writers in the production of formed structures
Oversee all process functions, document control, and continuous improvement
Aggressively develop and implement process improvements and controls to ensure flight reliability
Fully develop and implement future state production that reduces build cost
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
Bachelor's degree in mechanical, aerospace, manufacturing, welding or materials engineering
Minimum of 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment with responsibility for machining, heat treating, or forming processes
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of 2 years of experience leading a team of 3+ individuals either as a project leader OR as direct reports
Knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics and mechanics of materials
Demonstrated exceptional performance through successful completion of impactful projects in manufacturing processes/equipment
Functional knowledge of NDT techniques for material evaluation
Experience in process development, value stream layout, PFMEA, and Error-Proofing
New Product Development / Introduction
Lean manufacturing principles
Position may require long hours and weekend work
Will sometimes be working directly with the hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing
ITAR REQUIREMENTS: To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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.
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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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SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft.