Propulsion Production Manager
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up; including electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engines. Our development and production efforts represent some of the most dynamic and challenging technology and engineering systems in the world.

We pride ourselves on being a meritocracy where employees are defined by their capabilities and contributions, instead of title or tenure. We are actively seeking the best and brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue to build our world class team.

Our employees thrive in a fast-paced environment focused on innovation and high levels of personal responsibility. At SpaceX we cut through the noise and believe in the essentials of hardcore engineering. We build it, test it, and fly it.

The Job


Manage advanced welding, component assembly, and integration of the Merlin rocket engine.

Manage shop floor activity including daily schedules and workflow.

Resolve nonconformance issues.

Lead and manage a staff of 20+ welding and propulsion technicians

Review work instructions and making change recommendations when needed

Meeting tight production schedules

Responsible for staffing and vetting the appropriate skillset needed

Assessing and reviewing current staff

Monitor material costs and cost savings

Identifying and set-up of training programs

Monitor labor hours and overtime

Implement improvement plans and time management


B.S. in an engineering field or equivalent experience required

Minimum of 10 years in welding or complex assembly and production, in aviation, automotive, or systems with comparable complexity and high reliability.

Minimum of 2 years in management required

Experience applying lean manufacturing principles, efficiency methods required.

Preferred Skills:
Experience bringing teams and processes from low rate initial production to full rate production.

Experience with the maintenance of GTA and EB Welding Equipment

Knowledge and experience working to Industry Welding Codes (AWS D1.1, D17.1, etc.)

Familiar with weld non-destructive evaluation techniques

SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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.

Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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