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Manufacturing Engineer, Tube Welding (Raptor Tube Shop)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Hawthorne
Posted on: June 8, 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.



  • Design, develop, and produce an advanced, high volume tube welding cell to supply welded tube demands for Raptor and Starship programs.
  • Think creatively; question the status quo; challenge engineering and manufacturing requirements to drive efficient manufacturing of high-pressure fluid transport systems on schedule through collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of engineers (design, build, and reliability), internal production teams, and external vendors.
  • Innovate with minimal leadership or quality oversight while implementing safe, quality, robust systems, and delivering projects on time.
  • Work with design engineering to develop design and manufacturing standards that reduce shop burden.
  • Resolve manufacturing issues, disposition nonconforming parts, perform root cause analyses, and implement robust corrective actions.
  • Design tooling for new and existing products to support rate production and reduce operation complexity.
  • Facilitate day-to-day production of orbitally and manually welded bent tubing,
  • Challenge existing production and design requirements for welded tubing assemblies and use data to identify and eliminate wasteful processes.
  • Streamline existing production systems to minimize cost while improving quality and efficiency.
  • Implement standard practices, troubleshooting guides, and standard repair procedures, including review and approval of planning documents.


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering.
  • 2+ years of mechanical design experience.
  • 1+ years of hands-on experience in a manufacturing setting from industry, hobby, or through participation in collegiate engineering projects such as Formula SAE, Baja SAE, rocket club, CubeSat or Design Build Fly.


  • Experience taking products through development cycle to full volume production.
  • Solid understanding of tooling design, metal fabrication, orbital tube welding (OTW), TIG welding, and assembly processes.
  • Hands on experience with TIG welding, orbital tube welding, and/or supporting processes.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Experience with design for manufacturability and assembly.
  • Experience with NX (UG or equivalent) CAD and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) for component and tooling design.
  • Process development, facility and line layouts.
  • Experience in process development, capacity analyses, value stream layout, PFMEA, and error proofing.
  • Knowledge in automated test systems for pressure and leak testing using instrumentation such as flow meters, pressure transducers and thermocouples.


  • Position may require standing, bending and working directly with hardware on the floor for extended periods of time.
  • Position may require extended hours and weekend work.


  • 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 , Manufacturing Engineer, Tube Welding (Raptor Tube Shop), Other , Hawthorne, California

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