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Manufacturing Specialist (Turbopumps & Injectors) - 2nd Shift



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2023

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.



  • Support day-to-day production of the Merlin turbopump and injector assemblies, which includes manufacturing processes such as machining, electron beam & TIG welding, pressure testing, precision cleaning, non-destructive testing, heat treat, and assembly
  • Support and analyze recurring manufacturing discrepancies and lead multi-disciplinary teams on root cause analysis and corrective actions
  • Provide subject matter expertise on multiple manufacturing processes and products, including peer mentoring and development of teammates
  • Identify and support the execution of design-for-manufacturability improvements which have system-wide improvements to the department
  • Communicate on a daily basis with supporting departments such as production, machining, maintenance, quality, and design engineering to ensure that product is delivered on time to the correct quantities
  • Manage work orders and drive non-conformances into actionable items and system improvements


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering, math or science discipline; or high school diploma or equivalency certificate and 2+ years of professional experience in a hands-on manufacturing environment


  • Experience with aerospace welding systems (e.g. electron beam, TIG, friction stir)
  • Experience with non-destructive testing/non-destructive evaluation (e.g. fluorescent penetrant inspection, radiography, etc.)
  • Experience with metallurgical evaluation and testing
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience
  • CAD experience (NX & Teamcenter a plus)
  • Design for manufacturability and assembly experience
  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping, and fault analysis
  • Experience with Lean Six Sigma or equivalent high-performance culture systems
  • Pareto analysis, root cause, and corrective action experience
  • Capable of solving complex manufacturing problems on schedule with little to no supervision as an individual or as a member of an integrated team


  • Must be available for 2nd shift (Monday – Friday, 3:30 PM – 2:00 AM)
  • Willing to work overtime and/or weekends as business needs dictate
  • This role will require you to work with technicians and require some hands-on work. Standing for a long periods of time, grasping, bending and lifting up to 25 lbs. unassisted may be required


Pay range:
Manufacturing Specialist/Level 1: $30.00 - $38.00/hour
Manufacturing Specialist/Level 2: $34.00 - $43.00/hour
Manufacturing Specialist/Level 3: $38.00 - $48.00/hour

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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays 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.