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Test Technician (Composites) - 2nd Shift



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, August 12, 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.



  • Ensure all structural test stand related equipment/services are performed on time, safely, and in a professional manner
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment and instrumentation as needed
  • Fabricate and repair structural hardware and test equipment
  • Collaborate with engineers to develop and document activities
  • Ensure all engine components and materials are clean and inspected according to clean for oxygen service standards
  • Operate and maintain hardware, high pressure systems and pumps, and other ancillary equipment including pneumatic components
  • Develop novel ways site-wide to streamline processes and increase the reliability of testing operations
  • Obtain and maintain licenses, operator permits or certifications as required
  • Perform a variety of related duties in support of engine testing and structural test stand programs
  • Monitor and maintain a reasonable inventory of cryogenic equipment, including transfer tubes, fittings, hoses, and other supplies
  • Maintain inventory of spare parts and equipment to repair or replace defective components
  • Process work orders and maintenance tickets
  • Prepare test articles and test stands and systems for test operations


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of experience working with and troubleshooting mechanical systems (professional work experience or personal project experience will be considered)
  • 2+ years of experience using power tools, hand tools, or heavy equipment


  • Associate's degree
  • A&P license
  • Experience with structural test equipment/services
  • Experience with testing process and optimization of test processes
  • Experience with high performance systems and optimization of these systems
  • Experience in ground support equipment in aerospace industry
  • Experience in the space exploration industry, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environments
  • Basic computer skills, including experience using MS Office suite
  • Experience with crane operations
  • Knowledge of high vacuum systems
  • Knowledge of all types of borescope inspection equipment
  • Knowledge of different fittings such as NPT and A/N
  • Ability to utilize power tools and hand tools as well as heavy equipment
  • Demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical manuals and reports
  • Use of precision measuring instruments
  • Communication skills for relaying data (verbally and in-writing) between other employees and customers
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Able to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment


  • This is a 2nd shift role working from 3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Must be able to work all shift hours, able to work overtime and weekend as needed


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