Structures Technician
Falcon 9
Posted on 3/15/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of assembly experience
  • Experience drilling, reaming, honing and/or countersinking straight and close tolerance holes
  • Experience gained through the military or within an aviation manufacturing company
  • Experience using various types of hand tools and/or hand-held power tools, floor-mounted power tools and precision measuring tools
  • Capable of visualizing a three-dimensional shape from a two-dimensional view and understanding symbols, flag notes, and general notes
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations accurately (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals and fractions)
  • Experience making basic layouts on parts or assemblies in order to establish reference points and to check dimensions
  • Experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, blueprints, and specifications
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, and weekends as needed. 1st shift is from approximately (5:00 AM - 3:30 PM) and 2nd shift is (3:30 PM - 2:00 AM)
  • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted
  • 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
  • Modify, repair, assemble, and install rocket and spacecraft components and subcomponents
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Shim and/or trim parts as required
  • Select drill bits, reamers and/or countersinking tools for pilot and full-size holes
  • Locate, drill pilot holes using drill motor and proper size drill bit(s)
  • 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
  • Use solvents to clean surfaces prior to sealing or assembly
  • Apply sealant, Alodine, primer, adhesives, special finishes
  • Utilize adhesive to bond using tooling and vacuum bagging
  • 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
  • Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing

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.