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Friction Stir Weld Technician (Tank Weldment)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Hawthorne
Posted on: June 9, 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.



  • Set up and operate large, motion-controlled machines to create friction stir welds on launch vehicles
  • Perform precision blending using hand tools to prepare metallic surfaces for welding and non-destructive evaluation
  • Perform periodic maintenance on machines with complex pneumatic, hydraulic, and mechanical systems
  • Accurately use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, and torque wrenches
  • Assist with area projects to improve safety, quality, and delivery


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Experience with machining, welding, or metal fabrication


  • 3+ years of industry experience in machining, welding, or metal fabrication
  • Experience in a manufacturing or production environment in the aerospace industry
  • Ability to interpret electronic work instructions, process specifications, and technical drawings
  • Ability to perform basic shop math (such as geometry and trigonometry)
  • Experience with PLC troubleshooting, HMIs, and NC programming
  • Experience with surface and sub-surface NDE methodologies (such as dye penetrant inspection or ultrasonic inspection)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • This is a 1st shift role working from 5:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • This is a hands-on position that may require standing for up to 4 hours a day and working directly with hardware on the floor
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Must be comfortable stooping, bending, standing, climbing ladders, or working in tight spaces.
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, and weekends as required.


  • 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 , Friction Stir Weld Technician (Tank Weldment), Other , Hawthorne, California

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