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Materials Engineer (Metals)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Friday, October 7, 2022

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.


This role is on the Materials Engineering team supporting reusable launch vehicles through developing materials, performing failure analysis, and assessing designs for material usage.


  • Provide materials and process support for launch vehicle designs and manufacturing.
  • Develop physical, mechanical, and thermal properties for materials.
  • Coordinate fatigue and fracture testing including review of data for inclusion in a central materials database.
  • Perform root cause investigations using fractography, metallography, and testing.
  • Assess materials for fluid compatibility including oxygen compatibility.
  • Develop and implement reliability improvements in designs and manufacturing.
  • Provide technical reviews and advising for design efforts specifically related to drawings, specifications, and material requirements.
  • Collaborate with other engineers, subject matter experts, and technicians to solve complex material and processing challenges on our current and next generation vehicles.


  • Bachelor’s degree in materials science or engineering.
  • 2+ years of materials or engineering experience via research, lab work and/or internships.


  • Master's degree or PhD in materials science or engineering.
  • 2+ years of professional work experience in a materials engineering related role.
  • Understanding of mechanical testing methods for metals including fracture and fatigue.
  • Familiarity with standard testing methods for materials and development of design allowables.
  • Experience with failure analysis and fractography including characterization techniques such as SEM and metallographic analysis.
  • Knowledge of aerospace metals including nickel-based alloys, stainless steels, aluminum alloys, and titanium alloys.
  • Hands-on experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding of non-destructive test methods for fracture control.


  • Willingness to travel as needed.
  • Willingness to work extended hours to meet critical deadlines as needed.


Pay range:
Materials Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Materials Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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.