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.

MECHANISMS BUILD ENGINEER

Work with a brilliant and passionate team of engineers to own design and development responsibilities over complex mechanisms and mechanical systems for the world’s most cutting-edge rockets and spacecraft. As a Mechanisms Build Engineer, you will own the relationship between the engineering development and production teams. You will master exotic manufacturing tools and processes, from initial concept development to full scale production, and will interact regularly with senior leadership during critical design phases. You have strong technical and interpersonal skills and you thrive in a creative, scrappy, and collaborative environment in which the best ideas change company level direction on a regular basis.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design and certify mechanisms, actuators, and other electromechanical systems that meet customer and SpaceX requirements for next generation rockets and spacecraft.
  • Utilize the full spectrum of the design, analysis, test, and manufacturing tools to create efficient structures and reliable mechanisms.
  • Ownership of product delivery timeline through conception, design, assembly and launch.
  • Develop test plans for mechanisms through development, qualification, and acceptance testing.
  • Actively engage with technicians in a hands-on fashion to facilitate and improve production processes.
  • Devise and execute improvements to enhance production efficiency and quality.
  • Create, maintain and communicate detailed plans and schedules.
  • Develop supply chain for new product, and actively work with vendors.
  • Understand, analyze and resolve manufacturing discrepancies while interfacing with key stakeholders.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline.
  • Experience with CAD and FEA software packages.
  • 1+ years of experience with mechanical/electromechanical design and analysis - internship or project team experience can supplement for industry experience.
  • 1+ years of manufacturing, fabrication, assembly or testing experience - internship or project team experience can supplement for industry experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline.
  • Solid understanding and application of GD&T.
  • Hands-on project experience with complex mechanical systems, preferably as a lead.
  • Demonstrated understanding of structural analysis and failure modes of complex mechanical systems.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with spacecraft or aircraft structural assemblies.
  • Process development, facility and line layouts.
  • Experience with NX and Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems.
  • Knowledge of a variety of manufacturing techniques, equipment and processes such as: machining, welding, sheet metal forming, stamping, composite layup and assembly.
  • Security clearance such as TS/SCI is preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Travel to vendors and SpaceX launch/test sites as needed.
  • Intermittently able to work longer hours and weekends to support critical needs.

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or 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.

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