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Foundry Technician



Software Engineering
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 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.


We are seeking an individual who is motivated, adaptable, inquisitive, has a high level of attention to detail, and is eager to learn new things. The Foundry Front Technician will be responsible for learning the details of our processes as they evolve and using that understanding to effectively and safely operate equipment and propose improvements that help SpaceX make world-changing launch vehicles and spacecraft. If this sounds exciting, we want to hear from you!


  • Operate related equipment and systems for plastic 3D printers, perform hand finishing, and assembly for printed components
  • Operate and maintain systems for shell manufacturing including part loading, in-process inspection, and slurry sampling
  • Perform operation of burnout furnaces and cutting and placement of insulation on molds
  • Assist pour operations team with mold transfer processes
  • Take initiative in problem solving, cost reductions, and process improvement
  • Work with design engineers and tooling engineers to take products from design to production
  • Work with quality engineers to reduce defects and maintain high yield
  • Provide hands-on support as needed to other foundry areas


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of hands-on experience with one or more of the following processes: 3D printing, gluing/assembling plastic parts, surface prep, inspecting parts, operator maintenance (PM’s) of equipment, maintaining process fluids/chemicals, CNC equipment setups, designing/modifying fixtures, operating lab or manufacturing equipment, documenting improvements


  • 2+ years of professional experience in a manufacturing or production environment
  • Demonstrated professional track record of creative problem solving, cost reductions, and process improvement
  • History of starting up new work centers, documenting info to establish solid processes, and new product introduction from design to production
  • Experience with 3D printers – operation and/or programming
  • Familiarity with HMI, PLC, or robot programming
  • Excellent hand work (sanding, cutting, assembly, etc.)
  • Comfortable with a mix of repetitive and new work processes
  • Experience with investment casting
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Excellent attention to detail


  • Must be available for either 1st shift (5:00 AM - 2:30 PM) or 2nd shift (2:30 PM – 11:00 PM)
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, over time, and weekends as needed


Pay range:
Foundry Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour
Foundry Technician/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour
Foundry 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.