Welding Engineer
Supply Chain, Starship
Posted on 3/15/2023
Brownsville, TX, USA • West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience with manufacturing and/or inspection of mechanical products in a production environment (including school projects, clubs, or internships)
  • Master's degree in engineering or business
  • Fundamental understanding of welding processes including, but not limited to, electron beam, laser beam, plasma arc, resistance, friction-stir, gas tungsten arc, and gas metal arc
  • Hands on welding experience of stainless steel, nickel-based, titanium, copper, or aluminum alloys
  • Experience in manufacturing with different grades of stainless steel
  • Experience with machining and ancillary operations such as milling, turning, and tube cutting of materials
  • Experience with interpreting engineering drawings and models; GD&T, etc
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, etc.)
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods, e.g., design of experiments, Lean, Six Sigma, etc
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP) and MRP/ERP systems
  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D
  • Proficient in MS Office and Excel applications and report writing
  • Experience with sharing information and influencing others across organizational lines, internally and externally
  • Experience with PPAP and related elements (PFD, PFMEA, control plan, process capability, etc.)
  • Experience leading containments of discrepant product
  • Must be able to work extended hours, some nights and/or weekends as needed to meet major milestones
  • Must be able to travel - up to 50% work week travel may be required, including international travel
  • This position is based in Brownsville, TX or Hawthorne, CA and requires being onsite - remote work not considered
  • Valid driver's license
  • 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
  • Serve as the technical point of contact for outsourced weldments, solving emergent challenges at suppliers and mitigating risk to the manifest by addressing high-impact manufacturing and quality challenges
  • Develop, optimize, and qualify weld processes at suppliers for multiple welding processes including but not limited to: gas tungsten arc welding, resistance welding, gas metal arc welding, electron beam welding, laser beam welding, orbital tube welding, friction stir welding, and plasma arc welding
  • Support supplier operations on full scale welded assemblies, providing direction on correct techniques in a fast paced manufacturing environment
  • Create and develop specifications as needed to flow down quality and manufacturing requirements to the supply base
  • Conduct drawing changes if needed for ease manufacturing and/or improving quality while fully understanding the engineering implications on mating parts and the vehicle as a whole
  • Work closely with NDE personnel to interpret weld quality on development and flight hardware
  • Review issues on assigned parts and solve to the root cause, implementing changes at the supplier, at SpaceX or both, as appropriate, drive further actions to closure, and re-source to new suppliers where appropriate
  • Become thoroughly familiar with your assigned parts and the processes that make up the overall assembly and become the primary point of contact for supply chain related defects on your parts
  • Work with procurement to find exceptional suppliers and vet them appropriately for quality and ability to meet our aggressive takt times
  • Conduct design for manufacturing (DFM) reviews to ensure parts are manufacturable at early stages, preferably prior to sourcing
  • Own the NPI process at suppliers for new parts, drawing changes, or when re-sourcing existing parts to a new supplier
  • Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention to detail, self-direction and courage
  • Drive for results and customer satisfaction by collaborating with teams, leading projects and continuously driving improvement in the supply base
  • Scope out new welding technologies and suppliers that may be employed to improve rate, quality, and/or efficiency
Desired Qualifications
  • Broad familiarity in sheet metal forming, particularly in stretch forming (longitudinal and transverse), stamping (progressing and transfer), spin forming, roll forming, roll bending, press brake forming, hydroforming and tube forming/bending of primarily, but not limited to, stainless and carbon steels is a plus

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.