Structures Technician
Posted on 3/15/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience using hands tools in the aerospace, manufacturing, marine or automotive industry
  • Experience with reaming, honing and/or countersinking of uniform close tolerance holes in proper sequence while using the correct tool for the job (e.g., rivet gun and bucking bar, drill motor, power screwdriver, "C" squeeze, ratchet wrench, nut runner)
  • Experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, an understanding for drawing symbols, flag notes and general notes
  • Experience working with composites
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, read SOPs (standard operating procedures)
  • Attention to detail and accuracy while working within a fast-paced production environment
  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Able to lift and carry up to 25lbs. unassisted
  • Able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces
  • Willing to work all required shift hours, overtime and weekends as needed
  • 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
  • Trim and finish composite and composite metallic assemblies
  • Assemble structures including setup, bonding and fastener applications
  • Surface prep, using grit blast, hand abrade and power abrasion techniques
  • Repair composite defects
  • Use tooling holes, pilot holes, or by hand (as required), per drawing or tooling instructions
  • Align parts and secure in place using clecos or tooling/hand clamps
  • Check for good edge margins and alignment
  • Select drill bits, reamers and/or countersinking tools for pilot and full size holes
  • Drill, ream, countersink full size holes in parts/assemblies, in proper sequence and to correct size using drill motor
  • Set countersinking tools to proper depth as required
  • Disassemble parts and deburr holes using chip chasers, deburring tools, and files to prepare for installation of fasteners
  • Load and unload ovens to bond detail parts to assemblies
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous materials in approved manner
  • Determine and obtain correct type and size fasteners
  • Cold work holes to prepare for close tolerance fastener installation
  • Install bushings into housings using arbor press and/or hydraulic puller
  • Apply liquid nitrogen to facilitate installation of bushings
  • Install fasteners in correct sequence per drawing, using correct tools (e.g., rivet gun and bucking bar, drill motor, power screwdriver, C-squeeze, ratchet wrench, nut runner)

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Core Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.