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Lead Materials Engineer (Materials Lab)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: hawthorne
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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.



* Run a characterization laboratory supporting SpaceX engineering needs across all products * Direct and review material evaluations using metallographic, thermal analytical, and spectroscopic techniques * Manage technicians supporting materials laboratory functions * Mentor and train technicians to better support or expand laboratory capabilities * Track and communicate status of laboratory projects to design, production, and materials engineers * Maintain calibration of equipment and perform or coordinate repairs if necessary * Evaluate state of the industry techniques and equipment for future lab capabilities


* Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline * 2+ years of experience working in a materials laboratory * Experience managing technicians or workflow for a laboratory


* Experience performing SEM, EDS, and other electron spectroscopy methods to evaluate of aerospace materials * Experience performing DSC, DMA, TGA, and other thermal analytical methods to evaluate of aerospace materials * Understanding of metallography, mechanical testing, heat treatment, machining, and sample processing * Experience carrying out technical tasks in direct support of aerospace engineering decision making * Experience working with multiple aerospace material systems in a laboratory or processing setting: metals, composites, polymers, and ceramics * Ability to train technicians on scientific equipment


* Working with chemicals including acids


* 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. 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.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Hawthorne , Lead Materials Engineer (Materials Lab), Other , hawthorne, California

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