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Propulsion Technician (Falcon Valves)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 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.


The Propulsion Components team develops the most advanced spacecraft and launch vehicle components in the world. Our technicians serve as hardware build and test experts for the flow control devices that drive the critical capabilities on our Falcon rocket - from engine throttling to attitude control. You will build valves, regulators, and actuators for maximum reliability in extreme environments, with temperatures ranging from +900F to -400F and pressures beyond 10,000 PSIG. As a technician, you will be responsible for maintaining a high standard of build quality, ensure tests are being run correctly and will directly interface with build engineers on the floor. Technicians in this role will be expected to be capable of understanding component functionality to be able to assist in troubleshooting or recognizing potential issues before they occur and helping to update work instructions to reduce possibilities of future errors.


  • Build and test valves, regulators, and actuators
  • Use precision tools to measure and verify parts tolerances
  • High attention to detail in order to ensure safety of daily operations
  • Collaborate and cooperate with team members to achieve daily, weekly, and monthly targets
  • Maintain a professional and neat work area
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions
  • Record daily work completion accurately to report to the lead technician


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience in hardware assembly, test, maintenance, material handling, and/or installation OR certificate from an accredited trade skills program in A&P, manufacturing, and/or electronics


  • Knowledge of basic hand tools, calibrated equipment such as torque wrenches, dial calipers, multimeters
  • Experience in automotive, power sports, diesel/ industrial technologies, aerospace or similar industry
  • Experience with basic shop tools such as lathes, hydraulic press, drills, inspection tools
  • Ability to read digital/ analog tooling (e.g. torque wrench, pressure gauges, and calipers)
  • Strong technical aptitude/ ability to problem solve and corroborate ideas to deal with day to day challenges
  • Ability to learn how things work and why they need to perform as intended, and follow safety procedures
  • Basic computer skills, strong written and verbal communication skills


  • Able to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, and/or weekends as needed. Approximate shift start times: 1st shift (5:00 AM) & 2nd shift (3:00 PM)


Pay range:
Propulsion Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour
Propulsion Technician/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour
Propulsion Technician/Level 3: $30.00 - $38.00/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 & 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.


  • 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.