Propulsion Engineer

Machining, Raptor

Posted on 3/15/2023



10,001+ employees

Develops and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft


Compensation Overview

$1 - $130kAnnually

Junior, Mid

West Athens, CA, USA

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Aerospace Engineering
  • 1+ years of industry experience, specifically focused in CNC Machining
  • 2+ years of experience with at least 1x CAM programming platform
  • Knowledge of multiple machining related techniques such as but not limited to; milling, turning, grinding, CNC programming, and inspection methods
  • Component and/or tooling design and analysis (3D computer-aided design)
  • Experience writing work instructions and procedures for critical aerospace parts
  • Experience in a production environment within the aerospace industry
  • 2+ years of experience specifically focused on high precision machined components
  • 1+ year of experience with process development from R&D to volume manufacturing
  • 1+ year of experience designing workholding and machining cast or additively manufactured parts
  • This is a hands-on position that will require standing for long durations of your day and working directly with hardware on the floor
  • Must be comfortable stooping, bending, and standing
  • Position may require occasional travel, long hours or weekend work
  • 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
  • Identify, develop and implement machining processes to help solve for engine cost, quality and production rate - specifically focused on valve, turbopump, thrust chamber, or injector hardware
  • Work between manufacturing and design engineers, machinists, technicians, and quality personnel to ensure processes are robust and any production problems are quickly solved
  • Partner with design to identify and implement design for manufacturing (DFM) updates at both the piece part and system level
  • Implement machining process controls that allow parts to run 'lights out'. Leverage latest technologies and programming strategies to reduce in-cycle intervention
  • Take responsibility for part/part family quality. Expected to understand quality landscape and drive projects to ensure dimensions meet part requirements with low overhead
  • Drive machining processes toward statistically controlled (SPC) environment. Develop and implement tools needed to show capability
  • Responsible for full circle machining process from fixture design and manufacturing, CAM programming and program refinement, cutting tool selection and buyoff / inspection methodologies
  • Regularly challenge each process, part, operation to create the most manufacturable, reliable engine hardware possible
  • Work with production to ensure hardware you are responsible for is delivered on time or ahead of schedule
  • Oversee introduction and implementation of new products and products revisions, frequently multiple at a given time

SpaceX specializes in developing and launching advanced rockets and spacecraft, with a focus on transforming space transportation. Their key technologies include advanced rocket propulsion systems, spacecraft design, and cargo resupply missions for NASA.

Company Stage


Total Funding



Hawthorne, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



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.