Additive manufacturing engineer

Full Time 17 days ago
Hawthorne, CA


SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of making life multiplanetary. SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.


  • Performs a role of hands-on engineering between the design teams and production organization, enabling production ramp of medium/high volume printed launch vehicle hardware.
  • Responsible for metal additive manufacturing processes of the Starship launch vehicle, supporting all manufacturing aspects from build file and consumables to finished printed product through post-processing.
  • Manage scheduling and planning systems to ensure technician team has clear priorities.
  • Partner with technicians to resolve issues, establish effective engineering controls, and reduce labor needs as much as possible.
  • Establish and document a nominal build process that meets SpaceX quality standards. Engage with key stakeholders to ensure issues are addressed, contained, and resolved. Efficiently resolve non-conformances as they arise and aggressively track down root cause following through with corrective actions to eliminate re-occurrence in order to reach a 99% first pass yield.
  • Ensure machine calibration and preventative maintenance are setup beyond OEM recommendations to consistently maintain nominal build quality for human rated spacecraft.
  • Prepare engineering documentation necessary for the transition from development to production including: operational instructions, process flow diagrams, standard repair plans, schematic diagrams, and mechanical drawings.
  • Responsible for meeting production rate and quality goals. Communicate roadblocks to engineers and technician teams early enough to react, contain, and recover. Coordinate with technician leadership to ensure resources are flexed to meet production goals. Track and drive reductions in planned and unplanned downtime across additive machines.
  • Develop and implement tooling and engineering controls into production processes to further improve reliability and reduce cost and lead time.
  • Establish effective working relationship with OEM to drive improvements. Plan and coordinate machine upgrades with effective verification so that changes will not negatively affect build quality. Clearly document platform configuration changes in order to maintain effective configuration management and revision control.
  • Support qualification efforts as SpaceX works to certify the first additive flight hardware to take mankind to the moons and other planets.


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, or other engineering discipline.
  • 2+ years of experience with aerospace production experience.
  • 3+ years of metal additive manufacturing experience.
  • Hands-on experience operating laser powder bed fusion platforms.
  • Tangible demonstration of projects driven from design concept, through prototype test, and successfully integrated into production manufacturing.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, iterative design environment within the aerospace, marine or automotive industries.
  • Tooling design experience including fixtures, shop aides, and/or metallic powder handling devices.
  • Lean manufacturing, or equivalent production optimization experience.
  • Ability to perform manufacturing cost trade analysis optimizing machine capital, labor, and process consumables.
  • Ability to perform trade studies using first principles and engineering fundamentals.
  • Proficient in basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, mechanics, materials, and electrical circuits.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to succinctly present recommendations.
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed
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