Propulsion Engineer
Machining, Raptor
Posted on 3/15/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • 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

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.